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Friday Media Transcript: Head Coach Ben McAdoo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/8/2017 12:06 pm
Head Coach Ben McAdoo

September 8, 2017

Thirteen (13) is in there getting treatment. Odell [Beckham] is getting treatment. We will see how he responds. He is going to do all of his work with the training staff today and we’ll see how he responds tomorrow. We have a chance for a launch day tomorrow.

Q: Would you like there to be a definitive decision on him by tomorrow?

A: That’s my answer. I said my answer.

Q: You said the other day that you won’t put him on the field if he can injure himself further, does that include worries about a re-aggravation?

A: I just gave you my answer.

Q: How is he doing mentally?

A: He’s in there getting treatment. He’s doing everything he can to get himself well.

Q: How important is it preparing for this game more than any other because you had all offseason to prepare for it?

A: You know, it is a challenge. Each phase faces different challenges. Defensively, when you look at this group there, they have a talented perimeter, they are good upfront, you’re not really quite sure what you’re going to see. I’m sure they have been preparing for us for a little while and they’ll have some wrinkles, especially early in the ballgame in their script, and we’ll see how that part goes. From a special teams’ perspective, there is not a lot of film on the guys you’re going to be playing against. They do have some carryover on the roster, but we’ll have to see how it shakes out and where they play guys and where they match them up. From an offensive perspective, they have some injury concerns and they’ve drafted some players in the secondary and they’ve drafted well there. We just haven’t had a chance to see them much playing NFL football. We had a chance to see them play college football, but not much NFL football. So there is some different things and adjustments that need to be made during the course of a game.

Q: How did you go about making the decision on whether you or Mike [Sullivan] were going to call the plays?

A: Yeah, we have our game management meeting tomorrow morning and we’ll talk about play calling in the game management meeting.

Q: So, you didn’t make a decision whether you or Mike is going to call plays?

A: Of course, I did.

Q: Do you see J.T. Thomas filling a lot of the roles that Mark [Herzlich] had?

A: J.T. had a good week of practice. It’s great to have him back out here. Linebackers and tight ends and sometimes safeties, the bigger ones, play similar type roles on the team, and we’ll see how that shakes out. I’m not going to give up anything matchup wise.

Q: Are you comfortable with B.J [Goodson] playing three downs?

A: Yeah, we are confident in B.J. He’s played a lot of reps. We were short on numbers there for a while in camp and with Keenan [Robinson] being down, we are very confident in B.J that he can handle the role.

Q: Do you view B.J and Jonathan Casillas as three-down linebackers?

A: I think they both can play three downs, yes.

Q: Do you expect them to?

A: Wouldn’t be smart for me to answer that question.

Q: How concerning was Roger Lewis’ incident with the police in the spring and can you talk about sticking with him through that?

A: Yeah, again, Roger Lewis has done a nice job for us in camp. He’s been cleared of any wrongdoing and you like to stand behind your locker room when you can and see how the information works itself out.

Q: Are you comfortable with Chad Wheeler jumping in at tackle if something were to happen to Ereck [Flowers]?

A: Again, we are not going to talk about actives/inactives right now, but Chad is a guy that we have increased confidence in each day.

Q: What do you think adding Shane Vereen back to the offense will do for you guys?

A: Yeah, Shane is a good security blanket for the quarterback. He is like having another tight end out there. He’s a friendly target, he has good control of his body and creates friendly angles.

Q: How do you view the mental state of your team heading to week 1?

A: We’ve been practicing since April. We’ve played four preseason games. We are excited to play a game that is meaningful.

Q: Can you over prepare for an opener like this?

A: You’ll have to explain to me what that is.

Q: That’s what I’m asking you.

A: I’ve never heard of such a thing.
Bwahahaha  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/8/2017 12:09 pm : link
Q: Can you over prepare for an opener like this?

A: You’ll have to explain to me what that is.

Q: That’s what I’m asking you.

A: I’ve never heard of such a thing.
RE: Bwahahaha  
The Turk : 9/8/2017 12:15 pm : link
In comment 13588446 Eric from BBI said:
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Q: Can you over prepare for an opener like this?

A: You’ll have to explain to me what that is.

Q: That’s what I’m asking you.

A: I’ve never heard of such a thing.


Q: Who's on first?

A: Yes
he handles the media  
Andy in Boston : 9/8/2017 12:20 pm : link
somewhat similar to Coughlin....I love it.
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arcarsenal : 9/8/2017 12:21 pm : link
Haha, I laughed at the last two answers. I actually like the Benny interviews - there's always something like that in there.
I'd like to change my final answer  
Rocky369 : 9/8/2017 12:24 pm : link
A: Did you eat paint chips as a kid?
I can confirm  
James Kratch : 9/8/2017 12:31 pm : link
That I did not eat paint chips. Although I vaguely remember a bunch of my crayons being thrown out around age 3 or so once people realized certain ones had lead in them.
"Chance of a launch day tomorrow"  
Bchurch : 9/8/2017 12:34 pm : link
I'll assume that means we has a shot of practicing tomorrow?

Does anyone know if tomorrows practice is open to the media?
The Duke of Homer City  
ghost718 : 9/8/2017 12:34 pm : link
The one and only
RE: I can confirm  
Rocky369 : 9/8/2017 12:38 pm : link
In comment 13588475 James Kratch said:
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That I did not eat paint chips. Although I vaguely remember a bunch of my crayons being thrown out around age 3 or so once people realized certain ones had lead in them.


that's awesome! how much fun do the media guys get out of these answers?
well at least James Kratch is being a good sport about it  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/8/2017 12:39 pm : link
James Kratch‏Verified account @JamesKratch 2h2 hours ago

I asked McAdoo if a team can over-prepare for an opener, given extra lead time. He looked at me like I was a moron, so the answer is no!
yeah can these transcript services identify  
mattlawson : 9/8/2017 12:43 pm : link
who asks which question? I think it would add a great deal of context
RE: well at least James Kratch is being a good sport about it  
James Kratch : 9/8/2017 12:43 pm : link
In comment 13588490 Eric from BBI said:
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James Kratch‏Verified account @JamesKratch 2h2 hours ago

I asked McAdoo if a team can over-prepare for an opener, given extra lead time. He looked at me like I was a moron, so the answer is no!


I was genuinely curious what he might say. NFL teams have so much film and information at their disposal, and they have five months (and more, since teams usually get a rough schedule before it's announced) to prepare, as opposed to a week the rest of the year. I wondered if there could be any fear of paralysis by analysis. Apparently not.
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BlackLight : 9/8/2017 12:53 pm : link
In comment 13588479 Bchurch said:
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I'll assume that means we has a shot of practicing tomorrow?

Does anyone know if tomorrows practice is open to the media?


As I understand it, the launch day practices are pretty low-intensity, closer to a walk-through than anything else. So even if Beckham practices tomorrow, it won't tell us all that much.
RE: yeah can these transcript services identify  
Dan Duggan : 9/8/2017 1:17 pm : link
In comment 13588495 mattlawson said:
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who asks which question? I think it would add a great deal of context


One thing I think is worth noting because the questions tend to be a source of derision is that they're almost always paraphrased. So what may look like a ridiculous question on the transcript may have been only slightly ridiculous in the full context.
James Kratch  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/8/2017 1:21 pm : link
I don't envy you guys with Coughlin and now McAdoo.

I participated in one media Q&A with Coughlin a number of years ago and some non-regular reporter asked Coughlin a question, and Coughlin looked like he was about to bite the guy's head off.
Yeah ok Dan...i guess that's your story  
Jimmy Googs : 9/8/2017 1:22 pm : link
and you're sticking to it.

:-)
James  
ZogZerg : 9/8/2017 1:39 pm : link
Nothing wrong with that question.
You guys certainly have your work cut out for you with these interviews.
RE: RE: well at least James Kratch is being a good sport about it  
Gman11 : 9/8/2017 3:58 pm : link
In comment 13588496 James Kratch said:
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James Kratch‏Verified account @JamesKratch 2h2 hours ago

I asked McAdoo if a team can over-prepare for an opener, given extra lead time. He looked at me like I was a moron, so the answer is no!



I was genuinely curious what he might say. NFL teams have so much film and information at their disposal, and they have five months (and more, since teams usually get a rough schedule before it's announced) to prepare, as opposed to a week the rest of the year. I wondered if there could be any fear of paralysis by analysis. Apparently not.


I've been saying for a while now that NFL football has become too complicated and the teams too paranoid for their own good.

In what other sport do you sign a player off waivers and not play him for an entire season because he didn't go through off season workouts to pick up the system? This, I'm not telling you about who is going to play and who isn't has gotten ridiculous. What ever happened to "here we come, try to stop us?"
RE: RE: well at least James Kratch is being a good sport about it  
Reale01 : 9/8/2017 4:05 pm : link
In comment 13588496 James Kratch said:
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In comment 13588490 Eric from BBI said:


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James Kratch‏Verified account @JamesKratch 2h2 hours ago

I asked McAdoo if a team can over-prepare for an opener, given extra lead time. He looked at me like I was a moron, so the answer is no!



I was genuinely curious what he might say. NFL teams have so much film and information at their disposal, and they have five months (and more, since teams usually get a rough schedule before it's announced) to prepare, as opposed to a week the rest of the year. I wondered if there could be any fear of paralysis by analysis. Apparently not.


Perhaps "over prepare" is not as precise as "over think". It seems that with so much information the task is to distill what is truly important. I think the best coaches do that well. It is an interesting discussion.
Ben also seems to overdo it...  
Giantfan in skinland : 9/8/2017 5:10 pm : link
like the question about Wheeler had nothing to do with active/inactive. A simple, "Yes, we're very confident with Wheeler if he needs to step in there" is all he has to throw out there to answer the question. Instead he gives the "not gonna reveal any secrets" line. Sometimes its funny...sometimes its just like he's trying a bit too hard to be clever.
RE: Ben also seems to overdo it...  
Dan in the Springs : 9/8/2017 5:51 pm : link
In comment 13588805 Giantfan in skinland said:
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like the question about Wheeler had nothing to do with active/inactive. A simple, "Yes, we're very confident with Wheeler if he needs to step in there" is all he has to throw out there to answer the question. Instead he gives the "not gonna reveal any secrets" line. Sometimes its funny...sometimes its just like he's trying a bit too hard to be clever.


Yeah - that's a funny response to a question he wasn't really asked. Actually he kind of gave away more information than he intended. Re-reading that isn't it obvious that Wheeler isn't going to be active?

Detective: Where were you on Friday night?

Suspect: I didn't shoot her, I don't even have a gun, and even if I did, I couldn't have done it and been back home by 10:30.

Reporter: Are you confident that Chad Wheeler could step in at LT if he had to?

McAdoo: I'm not going to talk about actives/inactives.

OOPS!
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