The 0-5 New York Giants have been a dysfunctional mess all season, both on and off the field. The latest drama? All-Pro corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie vs. head coach Ben McAdoo, a feud which came to a head when McAdoo handed Rodgers-Cromartie an indefinite suspension on Thursday.
Rodgers-Cromartie was visibly upset on the sideline during the Giants' loss to the Chargers last weekend. When pulled from the game by McAdoo, DRC tossed his helmet. He later admitted that he was upset about having to come out of the game.
The rift between DRC and McAdoo wasn't patched up after the loss and widened on Tuesday when McAdoo informed DRC he would be inactive this weekend against the Broncos because he walked out of a team recovery session last Friday. Rodgers-Cromartie left the team facility again on Wednesday, which led to the official indefinite suspension.
According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the most time DRC can miss for this suspension is four weeks.
#Giants CB DRC met with Ben McAdoo this morning, and McAdoo informed DRC that he is suspended indefinitely. CBA maximum is 4 weeks.- Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 12, 2017
The feud between the two seems to be rooted in how McAdoo has deployed the star cornerback this season. DRC is reportedly unhappy about being forced to cover the slot this year instead of his preferred position on the outside. The tensions between the two seem to have bubbled over when Rodgers-Cromartie was forced back into the slot against the Chargers after starting the game on the outside.
DRC expressed desire to play outside, not in slot. Started outside for Eli Apple Sunday, then moved inside as has been case since last year https://t.co/jRHyIzAa0K- Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) October 11, 2017
When it comes to the G-men in general, there are no signs that things will improve anytime soon. Odell Beckham Jr. is out for the season, along with fellow receivers Dwayne Harris and Brandon Marshall. On top of that, along with the DRC situation, McAdoo also publicly called out Eli Manning earlier this season. We're not six games in and McAdoo has already alienated himself from Gaints players by starting public battles with two of the most well-respected veterans on his team.
All told, McAdoo's time in New York seems to be running out. Between a small revolt in the locker room, lack of weapons at receiver, an 0-5 record and a primetime showdown with the rested 3-1 Broncos on Sunday Night Football coming up, this weekend looks like it could be the perfect storm that leads to the coach's ouster.
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