23 games into his Giants’ tenure, Ben McAdoo’s defining moment has arrived

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Updated: October 12, 2017

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“You knew going in that there were going to be three dumpster fires every day and you deal with them as they come,” he said at the time. “A lot of things cross your desk that you don’t want to deal with, but it is part of the job and you handle it and you move on. You stay consistent, you stay in the moment and you keep everyone’s best interest in mind.”

McAdoo navigated all the potential pitfalls last year (Josh Brown, illegally using a walkie-talkie and Beckham’s antics) with relative success. The Giants kept winning. That proved to be the ultimate deodorant for actions that didn’t match the words.

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This year is different. The Giants aren’t winning and the stench around the team is awful.

As if losing Beckham, Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris in the same game wasn’t enough, it may not even be close to the worst optic on the heels of the Giants’ fifth straight loss. Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension makes it appear that everything has gone haywire. The perception is that McAdoo has lost this winless team.

“Not concerned about perception,” McAdoo said. “Concerned about reality.”

Except the reality is that the Giants are 0-5, Beckham and two other receivers were lost Sunday for the remainder of the season and now a veteran cornerback who has a lot of clout in the locker room has been suspended. This couldn’t be going worse.

McAdoo and the Giants’ reward? A Sunday night matchup in perhaps the league’s most difficult venue against the NFL’s top defense. Get the coach some Rolaids. He might feel queasy by the time it’s over. The Giants have been outscored 68-20 in their past two games without Beckham. This might not be pretty Sunday night in Denver.

But the Giants will get something out of all this. They learn what kind of coach they hired to replace Tom Coughlin last year. Ben McAdoo is about to show them.

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