New York Giants’ head coach Ben McAdoo can’t be happy about the fact that his team has started the season 0-2. There’s a lot of blame to go around for the Giants’ bad start, but McAdoo’s frustration seemed to be aimed at one particular person Monday night after the Giants fell to the Detroit Lions, 24-10.
That person is none other than quarterback Eli Manning.
Specifically, McAdoo was upset that Manning couldn’t get a snap off on 4th-and-two from the Detroit two-yard line in the third quarter. With his team down 17-7 and needing to score, Manning was hit with a delay of game penalty and New York had to settle for a field goal from the seven-yard line.
It was a crucial mistake by Manning because a touchdown would have really changed the game. After the game, McAdoo called out his quarterback:
“Sloppy quarterback play. Quarterback and the center need to be on the same page there we gotta get the ball snapped,” the head coach said when asked about the play “We have a veteran quarterback who has played a lot of football. I would expect us to get the ball snapped.”
For what it’s worth, that play was a turning point in the game, but Manning is far from New York’s biggest issue this season. Right now, the Giants are having major problems on the offensive line.
Against Detroit, Manning was sacked five times and hit eight times. He was forced into a fumble and yes, he did throw an interception, but he’s not getting much help out there from his offensive teammates.
Manning is a veteran and has won two Super Bowls for New York, so he can obviously handle the pressure — especially coming from his head coach.
One has to wonder if McAdoo’s frustrations were a bit misguided on Monday night, though, because Manning is the least of his worries this season.