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Former Giants QB Geno Smith thinks Ben McAdoo deserves an apology after New York’s 1-5 start

Geno Smith, Ben McAdoo

There was plenty of optimism that the New York Giants were ready to close the chapter on the Ben McAdoo era. However, their abysmal start to the 2018 NFL season has granted some vindication for former coaches and players like Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Geno Smith.

The Giants dropped to 1-5 on the year following their loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. Smith suggested with a post on Twitter that New York may owe McAdoo an apology:

The shade from Smith should come as no surprise. The Giants had that same optimism going into last season before their disastrous start sparked friction in the locker room. Their inability to bounce back ultimately resulted in McAdoo’s firing.

There is no question that Ben McAdoo was not entirely to blame for New York’s struggles last season. However, his mishandling of the team’s problems seemed to be at the forefront of every loss. Things reached a boiling point when he decided to bench quarterback Eli Manning in favor of Smith. Of course, his decision did not sit well with the fan base. He received scathing criticism during their stretch without Manning under center largely due to Smith’s lackluster play. This could be why the latter felt the need to point out New York’s struggles now.

In hindsight, McAdoo’s decision to bench Manning has started to look like a much more plausible solution this season. The veteran’s struggles continued in Week 6 and it could only be a matter of time before he is benched once again.