Ben McAdoo’s last major decision as Giants head coach came when he sent Eli Manning to the bench for a Week 13 game against the Raiders.
The Giants were leading 2-9, and McAdoo’s call snapped Manning’s 210-game starting streak, making the decision unpopular with many of the team’s fans. The identity of the new player didn’t help McAdoo’s case much. Geno Smith was Manning’s understudy and his time with the Jets did not endear him in the area, so no one showed much surprise when McAdoo was sacked shortly after the 24–17 loss in Oakland.
It’s 2022, and McAdoo is the offensive coordinator for the Panthers, who play the Seahawks this Sunday. This Seahawks team is under the protection of Smith and Pete Carroll without the risk of being fired for going with him. The Seahawks are 7-5 thanks in large part to how well Smith has played this season, and McAdoo said he continues to be a “big fan” of the quarterback.
‘Til they have inside [that] they can persevere, they have toughness and they are confident when they are going through hard times, they always have the talent to get out of it at the back end” McAdoo said via Augusta Stone from the team’s website. “You see it with Geno and it’s just part of the game. These guys go through a lot going up the ranks and they have a chance to play in this league. Sometimes they just need to be in the right situation, and of course Gino is in that right now.”
McAdou will not be charged with trying to stall Smith on Sunday. His focus will be on trying to get another former Jets quarterback to become Sam Darnold makes his second start in a row for the Panthers.