The New York Giants have fired their Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese on Monday afternoon, as confirmed by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The New York Giants, who are struggling through this season at 2-10, just played their first game without Eli Manning as the starting quarterback since 2004.
So what does this have to do with the Philadelphia Eagles (outside of the fact that the Giants are a division rival)?
2016. The year that both the Giants and Eagles filled their head coaching vacancies. The Giants went with Ben McAdoo, while the Eagles went with a relatively unknown candidate, Doug Pederson.
McAdoo got off to a better start in his Giants career, leading New York to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth. Pederson, with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, led the Eagles to a meager 7-9 record and no playoff berth.
Fast forward to Monday December 4, 2017 and the Giants are 2-10 and just fired their head coach, while the Eagles are riding high at 10-2 with a head coach who is in the Coach of the Year talks. McAdoo, a game after benching quarterback Eli Manning, lost the Giants locker room while Pederson has the Eagles players inspired and playing to the best of their abilities.
It is clear who made the better choice back in 2016, even though it did take a year to find out.
Eagles’ General Manager Howie Roseman, along with Owner Jeffrey Lurie, chose Pederson to be the Eagles next head coach. However, Roseman has also made many other brilliant decisions since hiring Pederson.
Roseman has resigned some of the team’s top players. Right tackle Lane Johnson was locked up on a five-year, $56 million contract. Tight end Zach Ertz was locked up on a five-year, $42.5 million contract. Defensive tackles Fletcher Cox (six-year, $102.6 million) and Tim Jernigan (four-year, $48 million) are both locked up for the foreseeable future. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, just a couple of days ago, received a four-year, $52 million contract extension.
In addition to locking up many of Philadelphia’s core players, Roseman has done an excellent job in his second stint as the Eagles general manager of adding talent to the team. Roseman was responsible for the potentially the best move in Eagles franchise history when he traded up in the draft twice to get quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz, now in his second year as the team’s quarterback, is excelling and playing at an MVP level.
During this season, Roseman also made another brilliant move. The Eagles snatched away running back Jay Ajayi from the Miami Dolphins for just a 2018 fourth-round pick. Ajayi, who made the Pro Bowl in 2016, has the potential to be the next Eagles number one back.
Together, Pederson and Roseman form one of the NFL’s hottest and potentially best head coach, general manager duos. On a day where the Giants cleaned house at the top, Eagles fans should be excited and grateful that their team is in capable hands.
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