The Giants have fired head coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese less than a week after McAdoo announced that Geno Smith would start at quarterback instead of Eli Manning.

The way McAdoo presented that decision to the public, including an offer to let Manning start games with Smith or rookie Davis Webb entering later, was roundly criticized, but co-owner John Mara made it clear that it had been done with his OK. Mara also suggested that what was discussed with McAdoo and Reese was somewhat different than what wound up being presented and said that the negative reaction was louder than he expected.