It is business as usual for the New York Giants, who despite coming off a devastating loss at the San Francisco 49ers last week are hoping to rebound against one of the top teams in the AFC.
Last week’s loss to a previously unbeaten 49ers showed just how low the Giants season has sunk. As such, head coach Ben McAdoo responded with a team meeting where reports indicated that he laid out with brutal honesty the state of the team.
That theme continued on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The players as a team again met with McAdoo, this time before practice.
“It was a typical game day correction day. We brought them in a little bit early, had a nice, brutal, honest meeting to get things cleaned up,” McAdoo said. “We had a good day at practice on Wednesday and yesterday was a long one, as it typically is. Guys were competitive. We finished ahead of schedule tempo-wise, so it shows you the energy was good and I think we had a good, productive practice.”
It remains to be seen if the Giants respond to McAdoo’s critique of their play. He has praised this team throughout the course of the season for practicing well and then they go out and get pushed around come gametime.
Sunday’s loss at the 49ers showed a team that at times was sloppy and perhaps lacking in effort. Against the Chiefs, who come into the game 6-3 and atop the AFC West, that type of display would be disastrous.
It is a message that McAdoo is making collectively as well as individually to his team this week,
“I had a chance to pull some guys aside, I had some one-on-one’s this week with some different players,” McAdoo said. “They were positive.”