Feb 02

The rule changes have gone as well as could have been expected.

“There was a scenario that transpired that was ruled incomplete but it was also scenario that was probably more critical and more time specific that was being discussed,” Tomlin said. “It was being discussed by us. It was presented to us by the officials during the review process that if he ruled completed catch down in bounds that was probably the most significant element of the discussion as opposed to last play.

“While we were in review, that was being discussed because if his knee was down in the field of play, it would be a 10 second run off, they’d spot the ball, run the clock and we’d be faced with a running clock in that circumstance. This was probably the most significant element of the discussion when they were in review and that was presented to us by one of the officials. …

“We saw a lot of interest in … allowing the players a little more freedom to be able to express their joy, their individuality and, frankly, celebrate the game,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the time.

The Minnesota Vikings sat in a circle and passed around imaginary plates of food during a Thanksgiving Day game. Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman “shot” the ball toward guard Andy Levitre, who formed a basketball hoop with his arms. Running back Alex Collins of the Baltimore Ravens gave an ode to his unusual hobby, Irish step dancing. After turnovers, Washington Redskins defensive backs pat each other down, like cops searching suspects.

The case for: Is there one? Perhaps not. But let’s give it a try. McAdoo led the Giants to the playoffs last season. So what’s happening this season cannot be entirely his fault. NFL players are supposed to be professionals, and they’re supposed to act in a professional manner. Returning from the bye week on time and playing hard should be givens. The Giants know as well as anyone that making frequent coaching changes is not a path to NFL success. They stuck with McAdoo’s predecessor, Tom Coughlin, through some tough times, and he delivered two Super Bowl triumphs. Do Mara and Tisch really want to start over?

The case against: It’s time for the Giants to cut their losses. It was the defense overseen by coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, not McAdoo’s offense, that took the team to the playoffs last season. The coach is in charge and is ultimately responsible for what happens on the field. If players lack discipline and don’t appear to be fully invested, that reflects on the coach.jaguars_029

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