Coach Ben McAdoo recaps Sunday's loss to the Rams after viewing the game tape:
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –Ben McAdoo bluntly criticized the Giants' performance yesterday in their loss to the Los Angeles Rams, but said with eight games still to play, the team has the time and the means to improve.
"We're only halfway through the season," McAdoo said. "We've got a lot of football left to play. Everything is fixable. Everything will be addressed. Coaches, we need to put a good plan together, put players in a position to be successful. Players need to prepare to go out and execute the plan on Sunday (when they face the 0-9 49ers in San Francisco)."
The 51-17 loss to the Rams was the most one-sided of the two-year McAdoo era. The previous worst was a 25-point defeat to Green Bay in the NFC Wild Card Game last Jan. 8. In the regular season, it had been the 24-7 loss to Seattle in their most recent game before the Rams hit town.
Los Angeles' 473 yards were the most allowed by a McAdoo team, and the Rams scored on their first four and eight of their first nine possessions, including touchdowns on all three of their third-quarter series. The loss left the Giants with a 1-7 record at midseason.
"(We) lost a home game in all three phases in an ugly fashion," McAdoo sad. "A historical loss in many ways. There's no excuse for it. It falls on my shoulders to hold the coaches and players accountable to get it fixed. We played bad team football in all three phases. We turned it over on offense, didn't handle the ball well all day. On defense, we missed tackles, gave up explosive plays and didn't keep them out of the end zone. On special teams, our punt team was poor. We missed hit some balls. The protection wasn't good enough and we lacked integrity in our coverage lanes."
McAdoo was insistent that the shortcomings did not result from a lack of effort.
"I watched the film," he said. "I saw no sign of quit."
Asked what he would look for to know if a player had quit, McAdoo said, "Just giving up on plays.
"I saw a team that fought to the end. Signs of change in speeds, loafs, something that I wouldn't recognize from our group. Our guys played hard. They fought until the end."
After the game, McAdoo hinted he might start to give some young players more playing time in the season's second half. That instantly led to speculation that rookie quarterback Davis Webb might factor into the mix at the expense of Eli Manning.
Apprised of that potential scenario, Manning, the 14-year veteran, said, "I want to be out there, I want to be playing."
McAdoo made it clear he will be.
"I'm glad he said that," McAdoo said. "He's a pro football player, that's what he should be saying. Eli, he's our quarterback. But that doesn't mean at some point in time we won't throw another guy in there to get a look at him. Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard. Same thing with the coaches. And, obviously, when you lose in the fashion that we lost yesterday, it's not good enough. Anywhere. Coaching or playing."
Asked if Manning will start in San Francisco, McAdoo said, "I just told you, he's our quarterback. I have a lot of confidence in Eli. That hasn't changed."
Manning is scheduled to start his 208th consecutive regular-season game Sunday, which would tie his brother Peyton for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
"I'm not concerned about streaks," McAdoo said. "We want to try to do everything we can do to get a win."
In that respect, nothing has changed for the Giants.
*The play drawing the most scrutiny from the game yesterday was Robert Woods' wide receiver screen, which resulted in a 52-yard touchdown on third-and-33 in the second quarter.
"(Pre-snap), we could have aligned better," McAdoo said. "Post-snap, we could have attacked better. Our pursuit and our angles to the ball could have been better and as far as Eli (Apple) goes, he needs to attack and tackle right there. But, it's more than just one guy."
*McAdoo said he hadn't yet spoken to suspended cornerback Janoris Jenkins. "I'll meet with him when I get a minute," McAdoo said.
*McAdoo today attended the Manhattan funeral of Joan Tisch, the widow of Bob Tisch, who purchased 50% of the Giants franchise in 1991. The coach opened his conference call with a tribute to Mrs. Tisch.
"We lost a great Giant this week," McAdoo said. "Joan Tisch passed away on Thursday morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tisch family during this difficult time. Today, there was a wonderful and heartfelt celebration of her life and her legacy at Central Synagogue in the city. Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the Tisch family."
Joan Tisch was eulogized by eight people – her granddaughters Emily and Carolyn co-delivered the final eulogy – including all three of her children – Steve, the Giants' chairman and executive vice president; Laurie, a member of the franchise's board of directors; and Jonathan, the organization's treasurer.
Also in attendance at the funeral were Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara, numerous other members of the Mara family, general manager Jerry Reese, Eli Manning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, New York Jets CEO and chairman Christopher Johnson, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon.