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forget about a dreadful first seven games of the season, New York Giants coach
Ben McAdoo is heeding his own advice and ignoring comments by general manager
Jerry Reese that his team got caught up in the preseason hype and hasn’t played
hungry.

McAdoo refused on Monday to get drawn into a tiff with Reese as the team
returned from its bye week and faced the final nine games of the season with a
1-6 record.

While accepting the blame for the team’s performance, Reese also had shared
the blame with his second-year coach last week.

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It’s the coach’s job to have the team ready to play and Reese said the record
shows they were not ready despite having a shot at winning almost every
game.

”Everything falls on my shoulders,” McAdoo said after putting the team
through a short workout to start preparations for Sunday’s game at home against
the Los Angeles Rams (5-2).

McAdoo said that it just wasn’t one problem that was responsible for the
start. There was an injury to star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., struggles on the
offense line and a defense that didn’t close out games as it did in leading the
team to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.

”In this business, it’s tough to win,” McAdoo said. ”But Cheap
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, it’s also tough to be in a situation we’re in
and one thing doesn’t point to winning and losing games.

”Just like each and every game, there are a variety of things that happen in
a game that puts you on a path to either winning or losing the ballgame and the
same can be said for a season.”

McAdoo said that he talks to Reese every day, the two have a great
relationship and they are 100 percent on the same page.

Still, the 40-year-old McAdoo knows he is on the hot seat, along with
Reese.

”Each and every day in this business, you have to prove yourself and when I
come in, I come to work. I’m blessed to be here Cheap
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,” McAdoo said.

”It’s a great opportunity. I don’t think that way. I’m doing everything I can
to help these players put a winning product on the field on Sunday.”

McAdoo told his players ”to flush” the first seven games and focus on the
next nine games one at a time.

Right tackle Justin Pugh, who has been battling a balky back in recent games,
hopes the team can rebound.

”We’re going to find out,” Pugh said. ”We’re going to find out what the
character of the men in this room is made of and it’s going to start this
Sunday.”

Linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas used the bye week to rest
his neck and go to the barber. He feels better and he hopes the defense can be
more consistent in the second half of the season.

”I don’t think a good team can sit there and say almost halfway through the
season they have one win,” Casillas said.

”We do have a lot of games left and that’s always a positive thing when the
ship didn’t start the way you wanted to go, you can always correct it and I feel
like we still have a chance to do that.”

The Giants should get some reinforcements next week. Casillas, wide receiver
Sterling Shepard (ankle) and backup linebacker Calvin Munson (leg) should play
this weekend.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle) and center Weston Richburg (concussion)
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, but they are getting closer to playing.

Besides getting players back, the Giants need to make a few more big plays
when the game is on the line.

”If we could tell you, we wouldn’t be in the position right now,” Vernon said
of the lack of big plays.

”It was just, I guess, lack of communication and it’s on us as a defense to
get that right. We’ve just been trying to work on it, getting better as far as
communicating where guys need to be at and it’s just a process. We’ve got to
keep progressing each and every day and each and every week.”

Running back Shane Vereen blamed the start on the team failing to play to its
ability and the mindset of the team not being where it should have been.

”I don’t think it was in a negative place and it wasn’t in a bad
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,” Vereen said. ”The effort has never left this
locker room. I still think that everyone is striving, still trying to get back
and still working.”

NOTES: CB Eli Apple, CB Janoris Jenkins and RB Paul Perkins were excused from
Monday’s workout. They are expected to practice Wednesday. … The NFL trading
deadline is Tuesday. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who was suspended
for the Denver game on Nov. 15, doesn’t expect to be traded. Neither does
Casillas, despite hints that the Patriots are interested in reacquiring him.

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