Steve Spagnuolo believes Ben McAdoo did an “excellent job” and might be a head coach within the NFL once more.
The previous Giants defensive coordinator caught his neck out for the top coach whose job he quickly took over when McAdoo was fired following a 2-10 begin to the season and the benching of quarterback Eli Manning.
“It was a very powerful yr,” Spagnuolo stated Wednesday on SiriusXM radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan. “I wish to say this up entrance, Ben McAdoo, who was our head coach, in my view might be a head coach once more. He did an impressive job. I imply, we simply had issues sort of snowball the improper method this yr. Typically when that ball will get rolling the improper method it is laborious to push it again up and get going in the midst of it.”
On prime of the dropping, the Giants battled a ton of accidents to key gamers corresponding to Odell Beckham Jr. but additionally had disciplinary issues with two gamers getting suspended below McAdoo and others anonymously trashing the top coach to the media.
And that was earlier than the plan to provide Geno Smith an opportunity to play, finally leading to Manning taking a seat to interrupt his consecutive video games streak.
Spagnuolo, although, stated that seasons like this could typically be extra worthwhile for a coach.
“Look, you reside and also you study, proper? I at all times assume typically you get extra out of a tough season like that than you do the good ones that we now have,” he stated. “Some bonds are created if you undergo hostile conditions and we did have that.”
Spagnuolo added that he loved working for McAdoo and lauded all the group for the best way issues have been dealt with the ultimate month, during which the Giants went 1-Three.
“I did not wish to see Ben go as a result of I imagine in him, I beloved working for him,” Spagnuolo stated. “Then we had a month and I am very, very pleased with what the folks within the constructing did, the gamers, coaches, it was not simple.”
Spagnuolo, whose protection was ranked 31st this season, just isn’t at the moment on any teaching employees.
He was interviewed to earn the Giants head teaching job on a everlasting foundation on the finish of the season, however the group employed Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.
Shurmur then employed Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher to switch Spagnuolo.