If New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the locker room, as a couple of anonymous sources claimed to be the case to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson, you sure couldn’t tell it based on the reaction of the defensive team leaders.
“It sucks that something like that was said,” said defensive captain Jonathan Casillas. “Everything is supposed to be in-house, and for something like that to be said is, I don’t know, it’s like a rat in the locker room.”
“I think at the end of the day, it’s cowardly to do something like that,” Casillas added.
Safety Landon Collins believes that it was a defensive player who made the comments to Anderson, and said he hoped the guilty party would come forward and “be a man,” adding that “We’ll figure it out.”
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison also threw support behind the head coach, saying that claims about McAdoo having lost the locker room were not true.
“I don’t understand why anybody would think that,” Harrison said, adding. “Whoever was anonymous, whoever said it is a coward. Flat out. I mean, if you’re not man enough to put your name behind something that you feel because that hasn’t been echoed to anybody in this locker room….
“I mean, we could have talked it out if you feel that way. It could have went differently, but point-blank, whoever said that is a coward.”
Offensive lineman Justin Pugh agreed.
“Put your name on your work, man. If you’re going to say something, don’t be scared,” he said. “If you want to say something, don’t go behind closed doors.”
McAdoo, who normally doesn’t speak directly to the media on Thursdays, made an exception this week to address a firestorm that was in part born of a 1-7 season.
“I don’t take things personal in this business,” he said. “Everything I’m focused on is trying to put these guys in a position to be successful and put them in a position to win a game this week.”
As for the anonymous players, McAdoo, in his own way, urged any player with a beef to come see him.
“I have an open-door policy. So, any player that has anything to say is welcome to come in the front door and talk,” he said. “I had a couple conversations over the last couple of weeks and I welcome those conversations and the next thing is pretty simple.
“It’s hard to help a player when they don’t put their name on a quote. So, if they need some help, come see me. I’m the guy that can help them.”
McAdoo, who per a separate ESPN report is unlikely to be relieved of his head coaching duties before the end of the season, also said he didn’t address the original ESPN report with the players.
“I don’t know who to address it with. There’s no name on the quotes, so to me there’s nothing to address,” he said. “Get some names on the quotes and I’ll find out who I need to help and then I’ll help them.”