Ben McAdoo held an open and “brutally honest” team meeting on Wednesday as the Giants attempt to make sense of back-to-back embarrassing losses to the Rams and 49ers.
Both the defense and offense watched film of one another and while McAdoo would not reveal the underlying theme of the meeting, effort was most certainly the central topic.
“He showed us examples of individuals doing what we’re not supposed to do, but it’s all football,” said defensive tackle Jay Bromley. “Effort makes up for mistakes.”
The Giants defense in particular has had its effort questioned the last two weeks after allowing 82 points combined.
Shutdown corner Janoris Jenkins appeared to be the most blatant culprit in the most recent loss to the 49ers, as he appeared to ease up on a handful of plays where he could have made a tackle.
While players said McAdoo did not call out players by name in the meeting, it was clear that a message was sent.
“If you don’t get guys going, you’re losing everybody,” guard D.J. Fluker said. “If you get guys fired up, pissed off about the things they don’t do, you’ll get them to play better.”
Bromley added that nobody likes to have their effort called out and believes the team left the meeting knowing that it would be inexcusable for it to happen again.
“You can’t just tuck under your cover,” Bromley said. “Everybody knows, and usually when everybody knows things change because you don’t what that to happen again, and that’s as a man. As a man, you don’t want to be confronted in front of everybody. It’s one thing if it’s four or five people in the room, it’s another thing to be called out in front of the whole team.”
Jenkins, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment on Wednesday.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie believes the team will benefit from the meeting and even suggested it would have put some players “on alert” if it happened earlier in the season.
“Ain’t nobody want to have a play up there where you got to come back in the locker room and everybody is looking at you like you’re that guy,” he said. “So I think it could have helped if it was done earlier or not, but at least it got done.”
The team meeting also comes on the heels of Giants ownership releasing a statement on Monday confirming that McAdoo will keep his job, at least until the end of the season.
McAdoo sounded grateful for the chance to finish the season, calling the next seven games “the greatest opportunity of my life.”
“You have a chance to flush the doubt, flip the script and get some wins,” he said.
While anonymous players trashed the head coach last week, he continued to have support of players publicly.
“I believe in Ben,” Bromley said. “I think Ben has done a solid job communicating with players. Anything he’s done is because it’s been warranted. I think we just continue to ride behind him, fix what needs to be fixed on the football field, and I think it will ride itself out.”
Bromley ultimately hopes that Wednesday’s team meeting is the stepping stone to fix some of the problems that have plagued the Giants in what has been a nightmare season.
“Hopefully it’s something we respond well to,” he said. “I believe it will be something we respond well to and guys will be better from it.”
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