After an ugly loss to the Raiders, Giants Safety and Captain, Xavier McKinney had some choice words for the Giants Coaching Staff.

McKinney stated, “I think that from a leadership standpoint, I don’t think they’ve done a great job of letting the leaders lead, and listening to the leaders and the captains, but obviously it sucks losing.  It was one of those things where you have some of your leaders, captains from a defensive standpoint, trying to switch things up, and just not really being heard.  I don’t know. There are other things too that we could’ve done. The execution stuff could’ve been better. But when you got guys out there that are playing and seeing different things and are being vocal and communicating that with the coaches and whoever and are not being heard, it’s hard to go out there and be able to make plays and do things of that nature.”

I wrote last week about how Brian Daboll has to weather the storm that is the rest of the Giants season.  That got a lot harder with the loss of Quarterback Daniel Jones for the rest of the season, and comments like this only make it harder.  When Giants Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale was asked about Mckinney’s comments, he said he was hurt.  He also mentioned how comments like this hurts the team and locker room:

McKinney has been a solid player since joining the Giants in 2020, and is now in a contract year.  In an ideal world, it would be great for the Giants to keep him, but he will likely be looking for big money.  That, combined with the fact that this is not the first time McKinney has made some questionable comments, may lead to this being the last season the safety is in blue.

Back in the Summer of 2022, Xavier McKinney sat down with Steve Serby of the New York Post for an interview.  In that interview, McKinney stated how he had many disagreements with Joe Judge’s coaching staff and the difference between them and the current staff was “Night and Day.”  While this interview happened to be praising Daboll and his staff, it shows a pattern with McKinney.  When the going gets tough and the Giants start losing, he lashes out.  Along with these 2 instances, it’s hard to forget McKinney’s infamous ATV accident during last year’s bye week.  While this was an accident and things happen, I think the team and fans alike would like a starting player and captain to not be riding ATVs on the teams bye week.

Look, the Giants have 8 games left in the season.  McKinney can play great, this can all be forgotten, and the Giants can move forward with him.  The point is, McKinney has shown some negative signs from a leadership perspective in the last few years.  Brian Daboll has quite the job in keeping this team and locker room together while playing with Tommy DeVito, Matt Barkley, and Jacob Easen over the next 8 weeks.  Dealing with comments like this from a Captain, isn’t going to buy McKinney any good will with him.  Not to mention the fact that none of the other captains seem to be backing up anything he is saying.

Time will tell, but Xavier McKinney may be digging his own Giants grave.

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