NFL Franchise Notes: Giants Make Rare Public Statement In Backing Ben McAdoo, Jerry Reese
In N.Y., Mark Cannizzaro writes Giants President & CEO John Mara and Chair Steve Tisch yesterday released a statement "about the state of their embattled" coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, though it was "not a universal vote of confidence." Mara and Tisch "made a mistake by not boldly pulling the trigger" after the lost to the previously winless 49ers on Sunday. The Giants "need to clean the house and start over." That means "finding replacements for both McAdoo and Reese" (N.Y. POST, 11/14). Also in N.Y., Paul Schwartz writes it was a "rare public statement" from the Giants' co-owners. Schwartz: "The floodgates have been closed, for now" (N.Y. POST, 11/14). On Long Island, Bob Glauber writes it is "impossible to overstate the significance of where the Giants are right now, as it is a "crossroads moment in club history" (NEWSDAY, 11/14).
COURSE OF ACTION: In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes the Bears are 3-6 and faced with another season "going down the drain." It is "clear another coaching change will be necessary." It is time for Bears Chair George McCaskey to "stand up and tell his people: 'We’re done with hiring coordinators or drowsy people as our head coach. We’re done being cheap. Let’s go get Nick Saban. Or Jim Harbaugh. Or Jon Gruden. We have too much invested in Mitch Trubisky to blow this. It’s time to win.'" There is "something fundamentally wrong with this organization." Morrissey: "The Bears have only their ineptness to blame. Time for a different way. Time to think bigger" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/14).
EXTRA STUFFING: The Redskins host their first-ever home Thanksgiving game next week against the Giants, and in DC, Dan Steinberg notes there will be a "flag giveaway, a pregame parade, plus more than eight hours of potential tailgating, plus video boards to watch" the 12:30 and 4:30pm ET games. The organization will set up “seven large HD video boards throughout the parking lots” for fans to watch the two earlier games: Vikings-Lions, then Chargers-Cowboys. The team will host “an exclusive private party” for season-ticket holders inside the “Bud Light Party Pavilion.” The first 60,000 fans will "receive an 85th anniversary Redskins flag" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/14).