New York Giants
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Despite the Giants' 1-5 start, head coach Ben McAdoo has the full support of the team's ownership.
"I think Coach McAdoo knows that ownership is very supportive going forward," co-owner Steve Tisch told NJ Advance Media during a break in the league meetings held in Manhattan Tuesday.
"Coach McAdoo and I'm sure the other 31 coaches in the league know pretty much for the most part that they have a vote of confidence from their owners. It doesn't need to be solicited and ownership doesn't need to communicate that. It's an unspoken agreement and there's an unspoken level of support unless something unpredictable dramatic happens. This is football."
Tisch, who said that he's had discussions with co-ownerJohn Mara regarding the play-calling, lauded McAdoo's decision to delegate those duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan last week.
"I think it was a very good adjustment that the coach made," Tisch said. "It was discussed last week. ... He knew it was the right thing to do."
Mara, in separate comments made to NJ Advance Media Wednesday, clarified that neither he nor Tisch spoke to McAdoo about giving up the play-calling, adding, "That's got to be the coach's decision at the end of the day."
Tisch especially liked how McAdoo handled himself with his short career as a head coach at a crossroad.
"The job description of a head coach was tested last week and on Sunday, I think head coach McAdoo did a great job," Tisch said. "He showed up, the players showed up, they had a strong desire to win. It was a very exciting game to watch. After the game, it was a very happy locker room."
McAdoo also reiterated Wednesday that the decision to give up the play-calling was his and his alone.
"Early last week, I made a decision that I wasn't going to call it. So, the office next to mine is Mike Sullivan's. I walked into Mike Sullivan's office, I said, 'You're calling it this week.'
"(General Manager) Jerry (Reese) is down the hall. I walked down to Jerry's office. I said, 'Jerry, I'm not calling it this week. Sully is calling it.' Then I walked down to the quarterback room. I said, 'Hey Eli, Sully is calling it this week.' And, that was it."
Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was welcomed back by his teammates with open arms Wednesday, a week after he first drew what was then an indefinitely suspension from head coach Ben McAdoo for multiple incidents regarded as conduct detrimental to the team.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the bizarre sequence of events that led to his unexplained absence from practice last week, Rodgers-Cromartie said it was great to be back with his teammates after their big win against the Broncos, and that he was looking forward to being out there with them this weekend when the team hosts the Seahawks.
"It cuts a little bit; anytime your guys go out there to battle, you want to be out there with them so to not be a part of that, I just have to go out there and be a part of that this week," he said.
Unlike McAdoo, who has been very tight lipped about what transpired, Rodgers-Cromartie was very forthcoming with offering insight into what occurred on the bench two weeks ago during a home game against the Chargers in which Rodgers-Cromartie left the bench area to return to the team's locker room in a huff.
"I got a tweak (in his leg) and they thought that was it. And I'm like, 'I'm good,'" he said. "We were going back and forth- 'Are you hurt? Are you good?' Coming in and out, and I'm like, 'I'm good.' I feel like at the end of the day, if I can run with you, I can run with you. I didn't feel threatened about anyone running past me."
The coaches and trainers apparently saw things differently.
"The decision was made for me to not be in there and I should have accepted that, but at the time, (the Chargers) were winning and driving, and I'm thinking I needed to be on that field, so when I came off, I got mad."
The fallout continued last Tuesday when McAdoo and Rodgers-Cromartie met in the coach's office.
"Coach called me up and said some things and I kind of didn't agree with him. I handled it wrong way. At the end of the day that's on me, so the suspension, I'll take that."
Rodgers-Cromartie, who said several times that he wears his emotions on his sleeves, admitted that he could have handled the situation much differently than he did.
"At the end of the day I still can't react the way I did. Did I wear my emotions on my sleeve? Yeah, because at the end of the day, I want to play ball."
He also denied that he requested a trade, a rumor that was born when he reportedly cleaned out his locker after having words with McAdoo last week.
"I'm dramatic man; I'm crazy. I do stuff that's over the top all the time. I handled it wrong, but I'm good. I'm back, baby."
Rodgers-Cromartie said he spoke to his teammates, of whom he said he was proud for their play last week and for not letting his situation create a distraction that caused them to lose focus.
"One thing about this locker room is when I come in here, I light it up," he said with a chuckle when asked if he was worried that he wouldn't be welcomed back.
"I'm an animated guy. I'm not saying I can't be replaced but what I did was wrong and I admit that. As long as I admit that and learn from it, I'm good.
"All I can do is work and try to regain good graces with the guys. I'm just glad that they didn't let this turn them against me and that I'm back working with them."
He also said he has no ill feelings toward McAdoo, who again when asked about having the veteran cornerback back to work, offered very little in the way of commentary other than to say it was good to have Rodgers-Cromartie back.
"I told him at the end of the day, you'll know if I'm mad. I'll come back in and let you know," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "I messed up and I understand that, and as a coach, you have to do what you have to do. Whatever the consequences are, I accept that and go on from there."