NFL notebook: Giants owners stand by head coach … for now

With everyone in New York but the pigeons calling for New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to be fired immediately, club co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said Monday that’s not happening.

Even if they’re not exactly happy with the job McAdoo is doing.

“Ben McAdoo is our head coach and has our support,” Mara and Tisch said in a statement. “We are in the midst of an extremely disappointing season. Our performance this year, particularly the past two weeks, is inexcusable and frustrating. While we appreciate that our fans are unhappy with what has occurred, nobody is more upset than we are.”

After offering that running commentary on the season so far, Mara and Tisch said:

“Our plan is to do what we have always done, which is to not offer a running commentary on the season. It is our responsibility to determine the reasons for our poor performance and at the end of the year, we will evaluate the 2017 season in its entirety and make a determination on how we move forward.”

GM Jerry Reese similarly is on the red-hot seat. Both could be gone come the new year.

LASCO UPDATE

RB Daniel Lasco, the New Orleans Saints player who lay motionless briefly after a hard collision Sunday at Buffalo and was rushed to hospital by ambulance, flew back to New Orleans later Sunday night, having full motion of all limbs, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reported. Saints head coach Sean Payton on Monday explained that Lasco has “a bulging disc” and that “a procedure” doctors will perform will put Lasco out for the season. But, Payton happily added, the injury is not career-threatening.

Tweeted Lasco on Monday afternoon, in thanking so many teammates who gathered around him on the field: “Man I couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of. Love y’all boys.”

CASE OR TEDDY?

With fill-in QB Case Keenum playing at a high level for Minnesota, the widespread belief now is that head coach Mike Zimmer would be nuts to bench him for Teddy Bridgewater, who’s ready to play after missing 14 full months with catastrophic knee injuries. Zimmer said he knows whom he’ll start Sunday against the visiting Los Angeles Rams but hasn’t informed anyone yet. We’ll find out Wednesday, apparently.

EXTRA POINTS

Dallas LB Sean Lee (hamstring) might miss Sunday night’s game against NFC East-leading Philadelphia as well as the U.S. Thanksgiving Day game four days later, NFL Network reported … The NFL won’t suspend Cincinnati LB Vontaze Burfict, reports said, after he was ejected Sunday for bumping an official even though he really didn’t bump him. Right call, NFL … Philadelphia added veteran LB Dannell Ellerbe … With Jameis Winston still out mending his sore shoulder, Ryan Fitzpatrick starts at QB again for Tampa Bay at Miami … Cleveland LB Jamie Collins suffered an MCL injury in Detroit and is done for the year. Meantime QB DeShone Kizer said that while his bruised ribs are sore, he should be “ready to go” Sunday against Jacksonville … Denver head coach Vance Joseph said the job of special-teams coordinator Brock Olivo is safe.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies