Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo
October 16, 2015
Q: Do you feel like you are still waiting for that first game to get the running game totally in rhythm? I know there’s been circumstances where you’ve had to pass more in games.
A: I think there have been games and spots in games where we’ve been efficient in the run game. We haven’t had any big ones pop like we’d like to. We’re a work in progress there. We had some good moments this week in practice and we just need to keep practicing and hit our stride there.
Q: Is there any worry about relying too much on Eli and the passing game and trying to balance it out a little?
A: No, we were fairly balanced last week. Situationally, you have to do what you have to do to win the game and put yourself in position to win the situation. And we had a lot of situations in the game last week, and I think 27 throws came in situational football. That skews to some things out of whack when you look at them from run and pass totals. But that’s not how we look at it. Situationally, we treat things differently.
Q: In this league these days, do you need to have a big running game? It seems like everybody’s passing.
A: I think you need to have balance. Each game is a little bit different—you need to do what you have to do to put yourself in position to win the game. But I think each game is different and each team is different. We’re only five games, this will be our sixth game, into it. We’re trying to find our niche and hit our stride.
Q: You look at Eli now versus a year ago, what do you see that he’s doing better?
A: I think he’s a lot more confident in what he’s being asked to do. I think things are coming to him a lot more naturally. The hesitation is minimized and I see some confidence.
Q: Does that show up in the way he moves around in the pocket? Is he doing that better than he did a year ago or is that something he always did?
A: That’s something that we work on every day and that’s something that’s he’s taking ownership of and we’ve spent a lot time with in the offseason. You see it at times on film where he looks very comfortable and his feet look outstanding—that doesn’t happen overnight nor does it happen in two years. But he’s working, he’s getting better at it, and he still has room to grow there.
Q: Is that play that Shane Vereen made late in the game in the middle of the field everything that you signed him for? Does that encompass--?
A: We’re going to continue to challenge Shane to be a complete back, complete player, for us. He can do a lot of different things, wear a lot of different hats. He gets the game, he has some football smarts there. The more that he’s able to handle, the more he’s able to do, and the more we can ask of him to be a complete back, the better we’ll be for our football team.
Q: Before that drive, did you talk about at all having to target him or using him more because you were obviously short-handed at that point?
A: Well, we had a plan going into the game that we would be able to get him the ball in two-minute. It just so happens that it worked that way. We didn’t think it would be to that degree. Whether the play is called or whatever read it may be that comes in, the quarterback still has to read it out. You don’t just drop back and throw the ball to the back. There may be a couple plays in the offense where you can do that, but he still has to read it out and not expect it to say what he thinks it’s going to say each play.
Q: Is there more to Shane’s game than just, “Oh, he’s a guy who can catch the football out of the backfield.” As far as routes and what he knows and where he wants to be? He just seems like he has more success than just being that safety valve.
A: First and foremost, a lot is required of him to be a protection back on third down, so that’s number one. He has a feel for things in the pass game, we all know that, we all see that on film. He has some patience in the gun-run game.
Q: What growth have you seen in Justin Pugh from last year?
A: Last year at this time he had some rough moments. I think he learned a lot from those moments, grown up quite a bit in this last year. He’s still a developing, young player.
Q: That game winning-drive was the first for this group. It was the first for Eli in a few years, but the first for this group. What kind of carryover effect can that have in your experience on a team that is still putting things together but was able to have success like that?
A: It’s good for a young group of guys to get a shot of confidence that way. It’s only one game, one of sixteen, but that’s something they can fall back on and learn from and grow from. It was encouraging that it happened at the time it happened. It put us in position to win the game.
Q: Do you go into Monday with a plan, if you do or don’t have Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle? How do you game plan when injuries are a bit of a variable?
A: You have to have a plan available, for lack of a better way to say it, for everything. If you’re short in one area, you have to make sure you’re backed up in another.
Q: Are you hopeful that you’ll have a full complement?
A: We’re going to play with who’s out there.
Q: What do you see with some of the younger guys—Myles White and Geremy Davis? And how confident are you that they can fill in seamlessly?
A: Yeah, we’re confident in those guys. Geremy has been around here since the offseason. Myles has been in the system for a while, a form of the system. And he’s blended in nicely. (Will) Tye is a guy, he was out there in the last drive in the last game, did a nice job, made some plays for us. So we’re not going to pull back, we’re not going to pull any punches. We have confidence in those guys and they’re chomping at the bit.
Q: You’re 30th in the league in red zone offense, red zone touchdowns. What do you attribute that to and what do you need to do better?
A: We need to keep getting down there a bunch. We’re doing a good job of getting down there, we just need to continue getting down there and work the kinks out and that’ll all straighten itself out.
Q: Is that where the running game would really come in handy? When you get close to the goal line there.
A: A lot of things will come in handy. We need to make better decisions down there, we need to minimize mistakes, and certainly eliminate the penalties. That’d be a good start.
Q: Did you learn anything about Odell when he pushed to come back into that game late?
A: He’s a competitor, he wanted to win as badly as anyone else for the team. That’s what you expect from these guys and certainly him.
Q: What do you see from Eagles on tape when you look at them? What kinds of challenges do they present for your offense?
A: They’re very good upfront, they have a lot of different guys who can cover in man-to-man, and they’re creative schematically. Good defense. Underrated defense.