Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo
December 26, 2014
Q: How do you score more this time than last time?
A: It starts up front. We need to block them. The offensive line and tight ends, we need to block them up and we need to run the ball well. It all starts there. It all starts up front. We need to execute better on the perimeter, take shots when available and we need to execute.
Q: What do you think this offense will be like next year?
A: We are excited about the future, but we are focused on this week. That is a better question next week. We are excited about the challenge we have this week. We didn’t execute the way we were capable of the first time we played. We are ready for the challenge.
Q: Was that as good a game as you have seen Eli [Manning] play? Last week against [St. Louis]?
A: I thought Eli played well. There are a lot of things in the game that happen that he doesn’t get credit for. He adjusted well, whether it is in the run game, protections or the pass game. We had a lot on his plate. He was focused and he responded. It was good to see.
Q: Is that something you have seen a lot of with [Manning], doing those types of things that we can’t see, as the season has moved along?
A: We knew he was going to have good command of it. There was a lot thrown at him early. He has done a nice job of working at it and studying it. It is different than what he was used to in the past. He showed that command.
Q: Did [Manning] lobby to be split out wide-left on the Odell Beckham wildcat formation?
A: He said he was open. Odell wasn’t allowed to look over there, though.
Q: What have you seen from Orleans Darkwa?
A: First of all, to be able to come in and pick things up the way he has, says a lot about him and his study habits. [Running backs Coach] Craig [Johnson] is doing a nice job with those guys, catching them up to speed and he has a knack for finding the hole or if there is a small crease in there. He can kind of get down low and get through there in a hurry. He has done some good things out of the backfield. Otherwise in pass protection, he has been a pleasant surprise.
Q: First year here in your system… How would you rate it? Are you happy with the progress you have made?
A: I feel that since the San Francisco game [November 16], that we learned a lot about each other. We have taken steps in the right direction since that game. We haven’t been perfect, but we have been fairly balanced and working to get that way and I think we have made some progress since then.
Q: What are some things you would still like to see?
A: Just consistency. That is what every team, what every offense, struggles for. Being consistent and playing to our identity all the time. Sound, smart, tough and committed to discipline and poise and doing that all the time, not just some of the time, and being consistent with it.
Q: Surely you would want it to click right away, and it did for a couple games… When you came into the season, how much of that was the realistic expectation that maybe it would take…?
A: That is your goal. You want to come out and put your team in a position to win games and execute at a high level. That wasn’t the case early. We didn’t do that as quickly as we would have liked to. We didn’t execute at a high enough level early in the season. [We] got better as the year went on and we need our best output on Sunday.
Q: Did you expect that though when you started Week 1 that it might take time?
A: You are working to win. You are working to win and you expect to come out and execute at a high level the way you practiced. Sometimes that is not the case. [It] didn’t work that way this year and we need our best output on Sunday. That is what we are focused on now.
Q: When a game is going like it went on Sunday [at St. Louis] and it seems pretty obvious the attention St. Louis was putting on Odell [Beckham Jr.], does that force your hand at all in terms of how you call the game and what positions you want to put Odell in?
A: Teams are going to pay a lot of attention to him. He is a talented young man. We can’t make it easy for them to find him. We have to move him around a little bit. At the same point in time, we have to be smart of what we are asking him to do, being a young player and having too much on his plate. He has responded nicely to those challenges. Really, the plan takes care of that. You have so much volume for him and as long as he understands what is available and the adjustments, it is not really the play call, it is the possible adjustments that happen within the play call. You may not have time to hit every little one each week. You hope that each week the guys will be able to carry over what has happened in the past and learn from it.
Q: Did you see a difference in [Rueben] Randle in practice last week?
A: He had a nice game on Sunday. We were very happy to see him perform at a high level and go up and attack the football. He had a good week of practice last week and he has had a good week this week and we expect that to continue.
Q: [Coach Coughlin] seemed to think there was an uptick in Rueben’s preparation or his attitude leading up to the game in St. Louis?
A: He is a smart player and he wants the ball, like most of these guys. They want their hands on the ball. You can only play with one a time. It was nice to see him respond and make plays when we were counting on him. The post ball, that was probably a once in a decade throw, earlier on in the game and to have him go up and attack it, it was nice to see.
Q: From the beginning you have talked to us about Eli’s footwork… How has he progressed?
A: He has made progress all year. He has worked hard at it. We talk about it all the time. Especially today, [because] it was a green zone day and detailing that part of things. He has worked at it and come a long way, but we are going to continue to push the envelope and improve there.