Ben McAdoo clearly is going to go down swinging.

If McAdoo’s head coaching career goes up in flames in the second half of this already disastrous season, he is clearly going to get fired his way — by sticking stubbornly to how he is operating the 1-6 Giants, by insisting that all is well when it is not, and by remaining arrogant and unapologetic about misleading the media and public.

The intent behind McAdoo’s Monday fib about Janoris Jenkins’ absence from practice was understandable. A coach needs to have his players’ backs first, especially when player support of that coach is in question.

“Until I had all the information, I was going to err on the high side of trusting the player, protecting the player,” McAdoo said Wednesday.

McAdoo, however, can’t be so removed from reality not to understand that there was a better way to handle that situation than lying that Jenkins was “excused for personal reasons,” when he in fact hadn’t even spoken with the man. And McAdoo also has to understand that when he stands there on Wednesday and makes no apology for his premeditated mistake, it is implicit that he most certainly would do it again.

And that strains trust in the coach and the credibility he desperately needs in just year two of his head coaching career at age 40.

Of course, McAdoo hopes he won’t have to repeat this song and dance, but then again, he admitted suspending two players in three weeks was “not something that going into the season I’d ever thought I’d have to do,” so who knows? Bad things usually hit in threes, anyway, right?

And McAdoo alluded to the fact that he is still not confident he controls the narrative of his team, as much as he desperately tries. When asked if he would discipline Eli Apple and Paul Perkins — who also missed Monday’s practice due to travel reasons but had called, unlike Jenkins, to alert the coach — McAdoo answered