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Giants' Steve Tisch firmly in 'terrific guy' Ben McAdoo's corner

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NEW YORK — Steve Tisch doesn’t think he and fellow Giants co-owner John Mara need tell Ben McAdoo he’s safe. Tisch feels there is an “unspoken agreement and unspoken level of support” NFL head coaches know they have from their owners unless things become dire – which, it can be argued, the Giants were at with an 0-5 start to a year that began with Super Bowl aspirations.

Nevertheless, McAdoo knows plain as day where Tisch stands on his status after the Giants’ chairman and executive vice president spoke to a small group of local reporters Tuesday at the NFL fall owners meeting.

“He’s a terrific guy. He has shown his strengths going into Denver at 0-5 and coming out at 1-5,” Tisch said, referencing last Sunday’s 23-10 upset of the Broncos. “The players respect him, they want to play for him. It’s important that the relationship is functional, and it is exciting coming out of Denver.

“I think coach McAdoo knows that ownership is very supportive going forward. I think the victory made coach McAdoo feel a much greater sense of personal confidence. It could not have come at a better time, especially a nationally-televised game, big audience, big game, coming back to New York to play Seattle this coming Sunday.”

Tisch said he was pleased McAdoo adjusted and gave up play calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan prior to the Denver game (and added that decision may have been nudged along). He felt McAdoo’s full attention to the entire team showed. 

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“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, and after the game it was a very happy locker room.” 

Tisch admitted the start to the season has been disappointing, and lamented the team’s recent spat of injuries.

“If I wrote on a piece of paper — this guy, this guy, this guy — are not going to play past Game 5, you’d think I was crazy,” he said, although it is important to note the bulk of the Giants’ injuries, particularly to their wide receivers, hit once the team was already 0-4.

“I’d like the first five games to have been a little different,” Tisch said. “It’s a season that we haven’t experienced in a while, so adjusting to the reality and the facts, there’s a lot of emotion. Coming out of Denver on Sunday night with a victory is very inspirational. I think the team is very focused on that we knew we could do it, and we did it. And we’re going to do it again.”

Is it too late for the Giants to make an improbable playoff run in his opinion?

“We came out of Denver very happy,” Tisch said. “I’m focused on Sunday’s game.”

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