Giants coach Ben McAdoo has suspended Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie without pay for violating team rules, but David Diehl would have taken it a step further.
He would have cut him.
“A player like DRC, I get what he means to the Giants,” the two-time Super Bowl champion and CBS Sports Network football analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “I get the player that he is on the football field and what he means to Steve Spagnuolo’s system. I get the (role) that he played last season and how he helped push this Giants team to the postseason. But if I myself were the GM, I would have cut him. I would have cut him. The reason why I say this – and Tiki can attest to this – when you have that NY on your helmet, you think about how many coaches would die to be the head coach of the New York Football Giants.”
Diehl, 37, played for the Giants from 2003-13. Early in his career, he had a poignant exchange with Giants owner Wellington Mara – and he shared that exchange with Tiki and Tierney.
“I think back to my second and third seasons where, I’d walk into the locker room, especially at home, and there was Wellington standing right there at the door – and I couldn’t look him in the eye when we would lose or have a disappointing loss or blow a lead or do any of that stuff,” Diehl recalled. “So at one point he pulled me and aside and goes, ‘I understand you don’t look at me.’ I said, ‘When we lose, I feel like we’re letting you down, like we’re disappointing you.’ He goes, ‘David, anybody who puts on film of you knows that you’re doing as much as you can and doing it as hard as you can for that organization – and that’s all I can ask of you.’”
Diehl will never forget that.
“And from that point forward – win, lose, or draw – I could walk into that locker room knowing that I know who’s backing me,” he said. “I know what type of organization that I’m playing for. So with everything that’s going on right now with the football team at 0-5, when you need leaders to look up to guys like Eli Manning, who’s starting his 205th consecutive game – it wasn’t all pretty. It wasn’t all Super Bowl wins. It wasn’t all Super Bowl MVPs. He had to fight through adversity like we did as a team. So when something like this happens, you need to see if people are going to be part of the solution or part of the problem.”
It seems Rodgers-Cromartie could be part of the problem. Apparently upset about his playing time, Rodgers-Cromartie left the bench and went to the locker room during the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. McAdoo informed the 10-year vet Tuesday that he wouldn’t play against Denver this week. Rodgers-Cromartie reportedly showed up to the team facility Wednesday but left before team meetings.
Now he’s suspended indefinitely.
“Coach McAdoo, in his second year, has to prove who he is as a coach,” Diehl said. “Let’s face it: I think the coaching staff and players need to do that as well. The thing that kills me about all of this stuff, we’re talking about the New York Giants here. The New York Football Giants are suspending guys for getting in fights and quitting on plays, which were clear in that game up against the Chargers.”
The Giants have lost their last three games by a combined 10 points. They’ll try to find the win column this Sunday in Denver (3-1). Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET.