Giants' McAdoo calls report he's lost team 'fake news'
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Following the 1-7 New York Giants' humiliating 57-17 blowout loss at the hand of the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9, an ESPN report suggested head coach Ben McAdoo has lost his team.

Two anonymous players ripped McAdoo and the culture he's created during the Giants' disappointing season. However, McAdoo brushed off the criticism Friday, opting for the in-vogue retort to stories that are viewed as lacking credibility.

"I think they're excited to go play, excited to go get back on the field," McAdoo said of his team, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. "When you have a setback like we did last week, and some fake news, I guess you can call it this week, some drama. I think it's good to go out and play the game you love to play."

Asked to clarify why he used the term "fake news," McAdoo simply answered, "Anonymous quotes."

Pressed on whether he believes the report was real, McAdoo appeared to take issue with a lack of accountability from the report's sources rather than the story itself.

"I'm saying it's anonymous," he answered. "There are no names behind it."

Giants players condemned the report. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas described it as "cowardly" and offensive tackle Justin Pugh called for the players to put their names to their words.

Despite the unrest, New York reportedly doesn't intend to make a coaching change before the end of the season.

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