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Ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo releases first statement since firing

Ben McAdoo took the high road in his first statement since being let go Monday.

Despite "leading" the Giants trainwreck of a year before being fired Monday, Ben McAdoo took the high road in his first statement since being let go along with general manager Jerry Reese amid a disappointing 2-10 season. 

“It was a privilege and an honor to serve as a head coach of the New York Giants and be a member of the organization for four years. I thank the Mara family, the Tisch family, and Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin for taking a chance on a first-time offensive coordinator and enabling me to take an important step in my career. My family and I enjoyed every day of my tenure with the Giants, thanks in large part to the commitment of everybody in the organization. I particularly want to thank the entire coaching staff for their dedication and hard work. I would be remiss if I did not thank the support staff who are often underappreciated but vital to the success of any football team. Finally, I will always appreciate having had the chance to coach so many outstanding players. As I have said many times, they are men of talent, and I believe in their integrity and character. I wish them and the entire organization success in the future.”

Reports began to swirl Sunday that McAdoo could be sacked depending on the team's Week 13 performance. The Giants seemingly hit rock bottom during the loss to the Raiders as Geno Smith started at quarterback in place of veteran Eli Manning, who had been benched last week.

With McAdoo and Reese both fired, Manning is expected to resume his starting role under center Sunday against the Cowboys.

McAdoo, 40, was named the Giants’ head coach in January 2016 after spending the previous two years serving as the team's offensive coordinator. He led the team to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth last season.

Prior to his stint in New York, McAdoo held various coaching positions with the Packers (2006-13), 49ers (2005) and Saints (2004).

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