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Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/15/2016 12:07 pm
Senior Vice President, General Manager Jerry Reese

January 15, 2016

Q: This is an exciting day in Giants history. How does it feel to have the coaching search over and youíve hired the 17th head coach in Giants history?

A: Well weíre excited here, itís a big deal for us. We feel like we got the right person for the job. Ben has a lot of work cut out trying to build his coaching staff. Weíre going to do everything we can do to help him in the process.

Q: What was the process like for you in your first time being a key part of that process? What did you think of the process and what do you take from it?

A: It is what it isóitís a process. We took our time, we were thorough, and we really interviewed some good candidates. We decided on Ben and weíre happy with that decision. Weíre looking forward to getting started so we can build this football team back to be the New York Giants that our fans expect.

Q: What was it about Ben that stuck out to you the most?

A: Well all the guys were good, it was nothing in particular. We talked about it, we came to a consensus on who we wanted and Ben got the nod.

Q: How much did Eli Manning and his love for this system have to do this hiring?

A: Everything was part of the process. We took that into consideration and we took everything into consideration. There were some guys who have been head coaches before who really interviewed well. The entire process, all six candidates that we interviewed, they were terrific.

Q: What stood out most about Ben though?

A: Again, everybody was good. Again, heís been here, we think he is the coach for the future for us. Everybody interviewed well. I donít think anything stood out different from other guys. We came to the consensus about who we wanted to pick and Ben was the guy.

Q: What about the change? You worked with Coach Coughlin basically since you became the GM. Now new person, new identities and everything, how do you approach the change?

A: Well everybody is different. Itís important for us to have a great relationship. Tom and I had a great relationship. Ben and I will do the same.

Q: What do you expect to change? What is going to be different in your mind?

A: Football is football. Weíll sit down, weíll put our heads together, and weíll make tough decisions together. Weíll build a football team with a winning tradition that weíve always had around here.

Q: In those interviews youíre, for the most part, the football guy in those interviews. You know mostly about the Xís and Oís as compared to John and Steve. How much of this, for you, is what he does offensively is right for the NFL right now?

A: All of it is part of it. Ben said itís not about just offense, itís offense, defense, special teams. A game plan changes every week, you have to game plan around the team youíre playing and take advantage of your opportunities versus the team youíre playing. Itís not just about the offense, itís a team as a wholeóoffense, defense and special teams.

Q: How closely do you plan to work with Ben when scouting free agents or looking forward to the draft?

A: Like I said, Iíve been here for 21 yearsóever since Iíve been here our coaches, our head coach, and our personnel have always been part of the process with personnel, that wonít change. Theyíre always a part of it. At the end of the day, itís my responsibility. If somebody doesnít get it right, if somebody doesnít pan out, itís the GMís responsibility, okay? It seems like we got that confused the last time, but itís my responsibility if somebody doesnít work out. Everybody is part of the process, okay? You guys got that?

Q: A lot of the names that have been mentioned for the staff have head coaching experience. How important is it to do that?

A: Anytime you have a new job, itís a little bit of a learning curve. You can ask any head coach, their first couple of years itís a learning curve. We think heís very smart. Heís going to be ahead of the curve and weíll be up and running quickly and get back to our winning ways.

Q: Will having guys like Steve Spagnuolo and Joe Philbin, will having those guys around him who have been there, be able to help?

A: We donít want to talk about the coaches, itís still fluid. Itís fluid with me as well. Weíll see where that goes.

Q: Is it important for you to have another guy there that has experience around him at least? Because heís a first time coach, to have that guy to lean on?

A: Itís always nice to have somebody whoís been there, done that. But Benís a big boy and weíll figure it out. The coaching staff is still fluid, weíll figure it out.

Q: Ben talked about looking forward to the pressure. Are you looking forward to the pressure as well?

A: Thereís always pressure, Iím not afraid of the pressure. Benís not afraid of the pressure. Thatís what it is in the National Football League, its pressure. I donít think anybody around here is afraid of the pressure.

Q: From your scouting background, you know how to assess talent, you look at players. When Ben came in the building, did you kind of assess him, if not from afar, just the idea of this guy is a potential candidate down the road as a head coach?

A: Of course, thatís always part of it. You always look at your coaching staff. Thereís some young coaches on our staff Iíll look at and in the back of head, ďThis guy is going to be a coordinator. This guy is going to be a head coach.Ē So youíre thinking about those things.

Q: And you did see that in Ben?

A: Absolutely, I thought Ben would be a head coach. Absolutely.

Q: How important was his relationship and familiarity with Eli help Benís case here?

A: That was part of the process. That wasnít the only thing, there were a lot things about Ben we liked. But having the quarterback to stay in the same system, that played a little bit into it. That wasnít the only thing, a lot of things played into him being the head coach.

Q: Whenís the first time you heard of Ben? How much did you know about him when he first got here?

A: A couple years ago we were talking about making a change at the coordinator position and some names came up. His name was one of the first names to come up. That was my first introduction to Ben McAdoo.

Q: How much interaction did you have with Ben during his time as coordinator and how important has continuity become on the coaching staff?

A: Well continuity is good, but most importantly, itís all about wins and losses. We expect Ben to come in and hit the ground running. Heís been here obviously, he knows the players. We have a lot of work to do to fill out the rest of the coaching staff. Weíre starting to evaluate free agents and players already on the team. Weíre working hard to move forward.

Q: Whatís that balance like? You make the decision personnel-wise, he says he coaches the team. How much input goes back and forth?

A: Again, you are late to the party, we just talked about this. Iíve been here for 21 years, our head coach and our coaching staff has always been part of the process of evaluating players. We like for everybody to know the players and be a part of it. At the end of the day, itís up to me with personnel. When things go bad in personnel, itís my fault. Last week it seemed like we couldnít get that right. Itís my fault if something goes wrong with the personnel, itís my fault. You guys got that? Alright, thanks guys.
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Big Blue '56 : 1/15/2016 12:13 pm : link
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as it about Ben that stuck out to you the most?

A: Well all the guys were good, it was nothing in particular. We talked about it, we came to a consensus on who we wanted and Ben got the nod.



That's the best answer he could come up with? How can you not expound on the WHY of the McAdoo hire?
Hahahaha, great answer.  
Dave in Hoboken : 1/15/2016 12:13 pm : link
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To be fair  
shyster : 1/15/2016 12:16 pm : link
John Mara also did not say anything about McAdoo standing out above the rest of the candidates. He said he could have been happy with any of the interviewees as the choice for HC.

Haven't seen transcript of Mara's remarks after McAdoo spoke, but JR was following Mara's lead in that regard.
I know it is a transcript  
robbieballs2003 : 1/15/2016 12:17 pm : link
but he sounds like he cannot handle tough questions at all and is getting way too frustrated. I get it. I would be pissed too answering the same questions but you cannot do that. The reporters will continue to push your buttons.
to be fair  
Moondawg : 1/15/2016 12:19 pm : link
reporters want a single thing to write about "he was smarter" "he was taller." You can read their comments as saying it was a cumulative case thing, and not one single thing he did really well or the other guys did poorly.
what a condescending douche  
BlueHurricane : 1/15/2016 12:21 pm : link
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Q: Whatís that balance like? You make the decision personnel-wise, he says he coaches the team. How much input goes back and forth?

A: Again, you are late to the party, we just talked about this. Iíve been here for 21 years, our head coach and our coaching staff has always been part of the process of evaluating players. We like for everybody to know the players and be a part of it. At the end of the day, itís up to me with personnel. When things go bad in personnel, itís my fault. Last week it seemed like we couldnít get that right. Itís my fault if something goes wrong with the personnel, itís my fault. You guys got that? Alright, thanks guys.


He should have been shit canned last week along with TC. Really hope this half ass attempt at changing things works but with him still the GM I feel we are fucked. Much more confident in McAdoo then I am in Reese.
Seemed like a putz with that answer.  
yatqb : 1/15/2016 12:22 pm : link
Reese was once again defensive-sounding with the "We got it wrong last time" shit.
RE: I know it is a transcript  
shyster : 1/15/2016 12:23 pm : link
In comment 12769061 robbieballs2003 said:
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but he sounds like he cannot handle tough questions at all and is getting way too frustrated. I get it. I would be pissed too answering the same questions but you cannot do that. The reporters will continue to push your buttons.


This I agree with (and makes ironic his "you can't have a thin skin in New York" remark).

He was golden from his first year because of the 2007 SB win. And when that was about to wear off, 2011 made him golden again. He's never been in this spot before and not handling it well.
Man, JR is really coming off poorly in interviews lately  
FranknWeezer : 1/15/2016 12:26 pm : link
How do you get up there and say "nothing in particular" stuck out about the guy you just hired to be the 17th coach in this team's history? What a lazy, blah, worthless answer. Good grief.
At least he admitted it his fault!  
nicky43 : 1/15/2016 12:37 pm : link
Too bad it's a week too late!
Here  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/15/2016 12:37 pm : link
is a partial video...comes off snotty at the end.
Giants.com Video - ( New Window )
You know you're in trouble when even Steve Tisch  
Dave in Hoboken : 1/15/2016 12:39 pm : link
offers better answers than the GM can:

Steve Tisch on McAdoo: "I just find him to be everything we want in a head coach."
RE: what a condescending douche  
Stupendamatic : 1/15/2016 12:39 pm : link
In comment 12769069 BlueHurricane said:
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Q: Whatís that balance like? You make the decision personnel-wise, he says he coaches the team. How much input goes back and forth?

A: Again, you are late to the party, we just talked about this. Iíve been here for 21 years, our head coach and our coaching staff has always been part of the process of evaluating players. We like for everybody to know the players and be a part of it. At the end of the day, itís up to me with personnel. When things go bad in personnel, itís my fault. Last week it seemed like we couldnít get that right. Itís my fault if something goes wrong with the personnel, itís my fault. You guys got that? Alright, thanks guys.



He should have been shit canned last week along with TC. Really hope this half ass attempt at changing things works but with him still the GM I feel we are fucked. Much more confident in McAdoo then I am in Reese.


Then and than, learn the difference.
he was joking  
gm7b5 : 1/15/2016 12:41 pm : link
with the reporter from what i watched, the reporter said in successive sentences im late to the party, so Jerry agreed. He didnt seem to come off as douche at all imo.
Sounds like the coordinators are still fluid?  
OBJXIII : 1/15/2016 12:41 pm : link
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Q: Will having guys like Steve Spagnuolo and Joe Philbin, will having those guys around him who have been there, be able to help?

A: We donít want to talk about the coaches, itís still fluid. Itís fluid with me as well. Weíll see where that goes.
Something  
TommyWiseau : 1/15/2016 12:42 pm : link
needs to change in the front office. Ross' drafts in Buffalo were not so great and his drafts here have been bad also.
Never Does His Homework  
NJLCO : 1/15/2016 12:43 pm : link
Once again this guy is just never prepared. I am not sure what it is or if he is just plain lazy. You would think after last weeks nightmare he would have been prepared to address any questions about the new coach and personal moving forward. All he can take away from last week is a smart ass reply that it is all on me.
I will still go back and say this is on Mara....this guy should have been gone a week ago.
JR must be  
SwirlingEddie : 1/15/2016 12:44 pm : link
on double secret probation.
I cant stand him  
jtfuoco : 1/15/2016 12:45 pm : link
his attitude alone should get him canned
RE: he was joking  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/15/2016 12:46 pm : link
In comment 12769129 gm7b5 said:
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with the reporter from what i watched, the reporter said in successive sentences im late to the party, so Jerry agreed. He didnt seem to come off as douche at all imo.


I took it for his defensive walk back from last week's press remarks where he didn't readily accept blame.
Reese comes off very defensive in that piece  
Torrag : 1/15/2016 12:46 pm : link
Snide and condescending. His relationship with the media is in the crapper and he's really feeling the heat.

You interviewed Mac, twice, and hired him. Yet there isn't a single quality you can identify and speak to that influenced your decision? Asshole.
Reese  
MookGiants : 1/15/2016 12:47 pm : link
is an absolutely brutal public speaker.

Jeter was the type of guy who was a great public speaker while saying absolutely nothing at the same time. Never came off as a complete fool despite never really answering the question.

Reese doesn't answer the question and comes off as a fool while doing it
RE: Reese comes off very defensive in that piece  
Eric from BBI : Admin : 1/15/2016 12:47 pm : link
In comment 12769143 Torrag said:
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Snide and condescending. His relationship with the media is in the crapper and he's really feeling the heat.

You interviewed Mac, twice, and hired him. Yet there isn't a single quality you can identify and speak to that influenced your decision? Asshole.


Those answers were odd. He knows they are looking for a soundbite and he didn't give it to them.
wait...  
rasbutant : 1/15/2016 12:52 pm : link
no comments about his suit?
Why people give a flying fuck about this  
drkenneth : 1/15/2016 12:56 pm : link
I'll never know. Who gives a shit?

This team wins 10 games next year, and everything will be fine.
Are we really doing this again?  
ryanmkeane : 1/15/2016 12:56 pm : link
So now Jerry owes something to everyone for disappointing them in the first press conference. Anything he says won't be good enough until he drafts another 2 pro bowlers in the first couple rounds.
RE: Here  
ryanmkeane : 1/15/2016 1:00 pm : link
In comment 12769115 Eric from BBI said:
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is a partial video...comes off snotty at the end. Giants.com Video - ( New Window )

Eric...snotty?? What the hell is everyone else watching? It's getting to the point where nobody on this website can have unbiased thoughts on Reese and it's getting embarrassing.
Reese knows that  
ryanmkeane : 1/15/2016 1:03 pm : link
if he says all these amazing things about McAdoo, they are going to paint it as he didn't like or want Coughlin. "Reese endorses McAdoo as leader, as Coughlin is on the way out" I can just picture the headlines now. Whatever he says or doesn't say, it's a lose lose situation. This reaction by all you guys just proves that fact. Let the guy do a fucking draft and get over yourselves.
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Bold Ruler : Mod : 1/15/2016 1:05 pm : link
In comment 12769179 ryanmkeane said:
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In comment 12769115 Eric from BBI said:


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is a partial video...comes off snotty at the end. Giants.com Video - ( New Window )


Eric...snotty?? What the hell is everyone else watching? It's getting to the point where nobody on this website can have unbiased thoughts on Reese and it's getting embarrassing.


I think you're watching a different video from everyone else.
Oh My - Nice Ringing Endorsement From Your Boss  
Trainmaster : 1/15/2016 1:17 pm : link
Q: What was it about Ben that stuck out to you the most?

A: Well all the guys were good, it was nothing in particular. We talked about it, we came to a consensus on who we wanted and Ben got the nod.

Q: What stood out most about Ben though?

A: Again, everybody was good. Again, heís been here, we think he is the coach for the future for us. Everybody interviewed well. I donít think anything stood out different from other guys.

I think I'd really hate to work for Reese.

The McAdoo hire is really starting to grow on me, but the fact that Mara can't see the warts in Reese's capabilities and personality really worry me.
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Reb8thVA : 1/15/2016 1:27 pm : link
In comment 12769048 Big Blue '56 said:
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as it about Ben that stuck out to you the most?

A: Well all the guys were good, it was nothing in particular. We talked about it, we came to a consensus on who we wanted and Ben got the nod.





That's the best answer he could come up with? How can you not expound on the WHY of the McAdoo hire?


To borrow a line from the movie Bull Durham, I think Jerry needs to work on his cliches. He needs work on understanding the right thing to say in the right venue without saying anything at all.
RE: he was joking  
Arcanum : 1/15/2016 1:29 pm : link
In comment 12769129 gm7b5 said:
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with the reporter from what i watched, the reporter said in successive sentences im late to the party, so Jerry agreed. He didnt seem to come off as douche at all imo.


People are just nitpicking. He sound the same, as he always do.
something about this guy's  
area junc : 1/15/2016 1:30 pm : link
attitude just irks me. it started with the "we're in 1st place" bull crap, continued thru his post-TC presser and continues here.
someone's asking what stood out about ben mcadoo. he can't just answer the fucking question?? what a dick
instead, his answer is that nothing stood out about mcadoo and they somehow just decided to hire him
RE: Reese knows that  
Arcanum : 1/15/2016 1:31 pm : link
In comment 12769191 ryanmkeane said:
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if he says all these amazing things about McAdoo, they are going to paint it as he didn't like or want Coughlin. "Reese endorses McAdoo as leader, as Coughlin is on the way out" I can just picture the headlines now. Whatever he says or doesn't say, it's a lose lose situation. This reaction by all you guys just proves that fact. Let the guy do a fucking draft and get over yourselves.


Pretty much
Reese was never a great interview  
jcn56 : 1/15/2016 1:31 pm : link
but lately he's been worse than usual. I don't know if it's just coincidence due to the increased exposure (he usually doesn't spend this much time in front of the mic), if it's the pressure of coming under constant fire, if there's something behind the scenes we don't know (maybe he was against McAdoo's hiring?) or possibly some changes to the FO coming that he's not looking forward to.
RE: Reese knows that  
Bill L : 1/15/2016 1:33 pm : link
In comment 12769191 ryanmkeane said:
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if he says all these amazing things about McAdoo, they are going to paint it as he didn't like or want Coughlin. "Reese endorses McAdoo as leader, as Coughlin is on the way out" I can just picture the headlines now. Whatever he says or doesn't say, it's a lose lose situation. This reaction by all you guys just proves that fact. Let the guy do a fucking draft and get over yourselves.
Everybody has a right to formulate their own opinion about a person based on his answers and how he carries himself. You are entitled to view him as you wish but so is everyone else. Personally, I just read the transcript and didn't see him in person or on film. You can take it as Reese or put anyone else's name atached to those same words and to me, that person comes off as an ginormous douche. Now, does it (his personality/character or my personal opinion of it) impact his job performance or even how I would critique his job performance? Not in any form. SO, you are right in that if he has a good draft I would applaud him for it. Although, to be honest, I don't think much of his past job performance either and I think that, as discussed here extensively, the facts support a negative opinion. But, I am hoping that he can improve.

Still doesn't mean he can't be a gigantic douche, though.
RE: something about this guy's  
Reb8thVA : 1/15/2016 1:34 pm : link
In comment 12769291 area junc said:
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attitude just irks me. it started with the "we're in 1st place" bull crap, continued thru his post-TC presser and continues here.
someone's asking what stood out about ben mcadoo. he can't just answer the fucking question?? what a dick
instead, his answer is that nothing stood out about mcadoo and they somehow just decided to hire him


I feel the same way about Reese. He comes across as smug and arrogant. However, I am starting to wonder if he just presents himself poorly to the media. I think Hanlon really needs to work with him on his media presence.
Reese sounds  
Les in TO : 1/15/2016 1:38 pm : link
as enthusiastic about McAdoo as the choice as I sounded when my wife asked me if I would be willing to spend this sunday putting together Ikea furniture. maybe his tone was better in the video, but reading the transcript alone, it comes across as he had another #1.
Some of you are reading a bit too heavily into these press conferences  
BrettNYG10 : 1/15/2016 1:40 pm : link
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reese could  
Les in TO : 1/15/2016 1:42 pm : link
have expanded on the virtues of McAdoo while also praising coughlin. i.e. ben is a detail oriented guy, a football junkie with an amazing work ethic, just like Tom.
similar to what mara and tisch said.

he sounded really sour in the interview which makes me believe McAdoo was not his first choice and he did a bad job faking it.
Reese is a poor public speaker  
JonC : 1/15/2016 1:44 pm : link
he gets defensive and he's also facing a lot of questions from the media that are overboard.

That said, now we'll find out if he can build a pro football team or if he was very fortunate as to what EA left in place.
reb, i hope ur right  
area junc : 1/15/2016 1:45 pm : link
and he's brilliant behind closed doors. but looking at his roster, its a tough sell.
to me, whether, he's bad w/media or not, the exchange i pointed out is 100% purely being an obnoxious A-hole (at best) or clueless (at worst) - meaning he's not being an a-hole, he's just honestly saying nothing stood out about BM but they hired him anyways because thats "how they do"(which is actually another fear of mine).
take your own advice  
area junc : 1/15/2016 1:48 pm : link
remember Reese saying the HC had to be thick-skinned in NY? so does the GM.
RE: reese could  
moespree : 1/15/2016 1:49 pm : link
In comment 12769345 Les in TO said:
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have expanded on the virtues of McAdoo while also praising coughlin. i.e. ben is a detail oriented guy, a football junkie with an amazing work ethic, just like Tom.
similar to what mara and tisch said.

he sounded really sour in the interview which makes me believe McAdoo was not his first choice and he did a bad job faking it.


This honestly is my opinion as well. Doesn't mean we're right but it's my take away from his presser.
RE: Reese knows that  
David in LA : 1/15/2016 1:50 pm : link
In comment 12769191 ryanmkeane said:
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if he says all these amazing things about McAdoo, they are going to paint it as he didn't like or want Coughlin. "Reese endorses McAdoo as leader, as Coughlin is on the way out" I can just picture the headlines now. Whatever he says or doesn't say, it's a lose lose situation. This reaction by all you guys just proves that fact. Let the guy do a fucking draft and get over yourselves.


Great post. You have to walk on eggshells when the media is out for blood. Overpraise of McAdoo would give the media a soundbite to take out of context and portray as a slight against TC. IMO, these press conferences get dissected to death.
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T-Bone : 1/15/2016 1:57 pm : link
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with the reporter from what i watched, the reporter said in successive sentences im late to the party, so Jerry agreed. He didnt seem to come off as douche at all imo.



People are just nitpicking. He sound the same, as he always do.


This.
RE: RE: he was joking  
Dave in Hoboken : 1/15/2016 1:59 pm : link
In comment 12769288 Arcanum said:
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with the reporter from what i watched, the reporter said in successive sentences im late to the party, so Jerry agreed. He didnt seem to come off as douche at all imo.



People are just nitpicking. He sound the same, as he always do.


Saying he sounds like that all the time isn't exactly a compliment.
So glad this man is leading the way  
Rflairr : 1/15/2016 2:24 pm : link
We would be in big shit without him and a first time HC. JM and Tisch were smart to keep the brains behind two Super Bowls. You all will learn to appreciate this man.
I'll take Gabby Johnson's Authentic Frontier Gibberish over Reese  
ghost718 : 1/15/2016 2:29 pm : link
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What he was saying about McAdoo:  
old man : 1/15/2016 2:34 pm : link
"He didnt stand out above anyone, wasnt necessarily the guy I wanted(or maybe even get an interview for the guy I wanted), ownership likes him, TC recommended him(which pisses me off that they still want an part of him), he had a second interview scheduled with Philly, we didnt want to get caught with our pants down while under-reacting on a decision, and were in a balls to the wall situation, so we pulled the trigger.
And besides, I'm one screwup away from being canned for my 2009-2012 draft drought and under a lot of pressure, can I leave now?"
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