This one has a chance to be ugly, so ugly that long before 4 o’clock, the coach of the Giants will swear his name is McAboo.
These horror movies — “Silence of the Lambs” sums up the 2017 New York Football Giants — almost always end badly for someone.
Flashback: At the end, the battered, bloodied and bowed 2003 Giants would finish 4-12, and Wellington Mara would explain why it was time for the Giants to move on from Jim Fassel:
“The crowd is our customers,” Mara said. “When they leave, it’s the same as someone calling up or writing and saying you’re not doing what it is I want you to do.
“I’m very dissatisfied. The message comes across loud and clear. All it tells me is that we need to improve the product. And how we go about that is something we will discuss.”
So Tom Coughlin was discussed. And Tom Coughlin, the apple of Mara’s eye when the Giants were looking for a successor to Ray Handley, replaced Fassel.
And therein lies one of the reasons, perhaps the biggest reason, a product of all the dysfunction and the product itself, why McAdoo is on the proverbial firing line.
Whether too many Giants continue to quit on their coach and on themselves or not is something that ownership, as it approaches the winter of its discontent, will be monitoring closely the rest of the way.
The last straw for McAdoo, for GM Jerry Reese, will be if Giants fans quit on the Giants.
The first real evidence will come on Sunday against the Chiefs. Not to mention a win advisory.
The crowd is John Mara’s customers just as it was his father’s. The crowd is Steve Tisch’s customers, just as it was his father’s.
Too many of them who show up have already quit on McAdoo, which means that at the first hint of trouble Sunday against the Chiefs, he will be confronted with the jolting reality that they come to bury him, not to praise him.
It is likely to make him feel as if he is an army of one.
He better be right when he vows he is built for this.
The weather is turning colder, and the customers have already been subjected to four losses in four home games in a season of Great Expectations.
Unfortunately for Giants fans, this has been a season of Great Expectorations.
They didn’t pay their hard-earned dollars to watch the New York Football Giants play the role of spoiler.
Or to show up and listen to the joyous whelps of Cowboys, Eagles and Redskins fans.
And maybe even Chiefs fans, wherever they are in the metropolitan area.
Who could possibly blame the customers who witnessed Rams 51, Giants 17 two weeks ago for turning their backs on McAdoo’s Giants?
Who watched 49ers 31, Giants 21 in from afar?
McAdoo has endured a kneecapping sophomore slump.
During which too many of his players — and Reese’s players — have disgraced the uniform.
If they finally remember how to hold themselves accountable, to show some pride, maybe we should throw them a Canyon of Heroes parade.
It’s too damn late.
Evan Engram will be McAdoo’s first rookie captain on Sunday. He knows from pride.
“Pride is standing for what you believe in, standing for something, showing that you fight, showing that you care even when times are hard, you’re not gonna budge, you’re not gonna switch up, you’re not gonna change, you’re not gonna lie down,” Engram told The Post.
Are they all the talented men of integrity who McAdoo often told us they were? Of course they aren’t.
The ones who aren’t have somehow forgotten that they wear a jersey that represents New York, and has been worshipped in New Jersey. That it is a privilege to wear that jersey.
And they are paid ridiculous money to wear that jersey.
Say this for McAdoo: At least he cares.
He has nothing to lose now. It’s past time for McAdoo to stop tiptoeing through the tulips. This is a seven-game — or less — referendum on his leadership. He is a prohibitive underdog. The horses he led to water last season, he couldn’t make them drink this season. Which makes him the fall guy for The Crumble, 41 years after The Fumble.
He can’t be afraid to turn to newer, younger horses now. Because for McAdoo, this isn’t a marathon. It’s a sprint. And no one right now is mistaking him for Usain Bolt.
Giants fans will show up with bags at the ready to cover their heads. Unless Travis Kelce agrees to play blindfolded, they will be ready to erupt in choruses of “Ben must go.” Engram was asked what message he would have for these Giants fans.
“My message to them is, ‘Just come and support us,’ ” he said. “We’re not doing exactly what we should be doing, we’re not playing how we are supposed to be playing, but we’re out there fighting. I know I am, I know a lot of guys are. And I know Sunday we’re gonna come out and fight.
“If their whole agenda is to come and boo Coach Mac, I would advise ’em to stay home.”
Alas, apathy is a coach-killer too.