This needed to be done and quickly. Following the 30-6 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, countless headlines were made when veteran NY Giants safety Xavier McKinney called out the Giants coaches/brass, saying he felt like the team's leaders weren't being heard.
Seriously? Andrew Thomas disagreed with that statement, while plenty of Big Blue supporters couldn't believe McKinney decided to drive down that road. Thankfully, there are no issues inside of the locker room, as No. 29 told The Athletic's Charlotte Carroll he has cleared things up with defensive coordinator Wink Martindale:
Xavier McKinney clearing the air with Wink Martindale was needed for the Giants
We're just glad we can put this to rest. With the Giants suffering their blowout defeat to the Raiders in Week 9, the G-Men are now 2-7 on the season. Daniel Jones also tore his ACL in that loss, breaking hearts everywhere.
The absolute last thing the Giants need right now is for players and coaches to start turning on one another. That's why so many people were upset with McKinney's comments. The Giants need to stick together rather than calling each other out in the media.
McKinney is also a team captain and he needs to show some leadership, especially with so many younger guys on the team looking up to him. Fortunately, McKinney realized he made a mistake in this case and he's back on good terms with his DC.
Come this weekend, Martindale and McKinney are both going to need to have a bounce-back showing, as the mighty Dallas Cowboys are next up on the schedule. After giving up 30 points to the Raiders, who started rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell, it'll be on McKinney, Martindale and others to find a way to try and contain Dak Prescott.
It won't be easy, but it'll be on the Giants D to try and keep things close on Sunday, especially with Jones out and Tommy DeVito expected to start.