for display only
Big Blue Interactive The Corner Forum  
Back to the Corner

Archived Thread

Tuesday Media Transcript: Head Coach Ben McAdoo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/9/2016 4:02 pm
Head Coach Ben McAdoo

August 9, 2016

Q: What happened with Nikita Whitlock

A He had an illness.

Q: How comfortable are you overseeing everything now as head coach. Is it going smooth?

A: Training camp never goes smooth. You're probably not doing it right if it does. There's always some things you have to adjust and improvise. You really just roll with the punches after that.

Q: As far as overseeing everything, has it been a smooth transition?

A: Yea, absolutely.

Q: What do you think of the shorter meetings? How is it going for you guys?

A: I like the shorter meetings. I like to keep the guys sticking and moving. I don't like to have their butts in the chairs for too long. I like to meet on our feet a little bit, watch a little bit of tape, look at some pictures. Just keep them moving around, keep them engaged, keep everything fresh.

Q: How has it been received by them?

A: You have to ask them, seems like itís fine.

Q: What are you more focused on for the game Friday night. Are you looking for starters or are you looking for some decision making at the back end?

A: We want to see guys compete for jobs. That's what the preseason's all about. We have to, obviously, in the first game, we have to go out there and work through the mechanics of the game, game management, the game operation. But then we have to put guys in position to be successful and see if they're going to compete and win jobs.

Q: Do you have a plan for Eli and the starters? Will they go a quarter?

A: We'll talk about play time on Thursday.

Q: What have you seen from Will Tye?

A: Will Tye, he's been getting some good reps. Again, we're talking to Will about keeping his pads down a lot, and playing faster. We expect him to take a big jump for us.

Q: Where do you stand on play time in regards to 1,2,3 quarters for the starters in the first three games?

A: We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case by case. We'll start with the first group, probably, for maybe 15 plays or so and then either dial it back or push it forward based on what we need to see and what we want to see.

Q: How is Janoris Jenkins looking out there? Is he looking good?

A: Absolutely, everyone keeps asking me about Janoris Jenkins. He's a competitor, he loves football, he's out there, he's battling. Defense had a nice day today.

Q: How was Victor Cruz doing today?

A: I think he had a tight groin today.

Q: What happened with Landon Collins out there?

A: Looked like he got kicked. I think he's tight, but looks to be fine.

Q: Yesterday you said Darian Thompson is the favorite to win the one safety job. What about him has made you so confident?

A: He stepped in. He knows football, he gets football. He can communicate the game, and it doesn't seem too big for him. He allows those around him to play fast.

Q: It seemed like Ishaq Williams was flying around a bit today.

A: Yeah, he'll be an interesting guy to see play in the game, I'm looking forward to watching him.

Q: What do you like about him at linebacker?

A: That's where we've been playing him. He's a big man that can cover a lot of ground. He's raw, hasn't played a lot of football. So the more reps we can get him, the better.

Q: How are you deciding how much Victor Cruz gets out there every day and his workload?

A: It's a combination of what he needs from a coaching perspective, the training room perspective, the strength and conditioning perspective. It's not just one person making that decision. We take the numbers; we take everything into consideration.

Q: Sounds like with a tight groin he won't play Friday

A: It's a little early for that.

Q: What's happening with Nat Berhe and Keenan Robinson?

A: Yeah, Berhe, Robinson. Robinson has a groin, and Berhe has a hamstring...slight hamstring, just tight. He did the individuals and we pulled him back for the team reps.

Q: JPP looked like a stinger

A: Yeah, stinger.
I'm not sure that the logic follows...  
Bill L : 8/9/2016 4:11 pm : link
Quote:
We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case by case...
Here's an intriguging guy  
UberAlias : 8/9/2016 4:39 pm : link
Q: It seemed like Ishaq Williams was flying around a bit today.

A: Yeah, he'll be an interesting guy to see play in the game, I'm looking forward to watching him.
RE: I'm not sure that the logic follows...  
robbieballs2003 : 8/9/2016 6:11 pm : link
In comment 13063777 Bill L said:
Quote:


Quote:


We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case by case...



People want a one size fits all type of answer. That is not what works. If one team won a championship then every team would follow what that team did to win a championship but in the end there would still only be one champion so what that means is that there is not one way of doing something.

If you are rigid you are bound to snap. Everybody is different so you have to adjust for that. You still have your non-negotiables but after that you have to be flexible.

Lets look at Gilbride's offense for example. When we had Plax and everything was running smoothly it was damn near impossible to stop. Plax goes down and we want Hixon to be Plax. That is being inflexible and hence it broke. We had a better team in 2008 but we didn't. What? Yes, we were steamrolling the league and one hiccup led to our unraveling.

Fast forward to McAdoo. He doesn't have a rigid system. He plays to the strengths of his players. Beckham is his guy? Okay. He is going to move him around and create mismatches to take advantage of his ability. We draft Shepard. Everybody thinks he is a slot receiver. Everybody is trying to label him. McAdoo and company said he can play inside or outside and will do both. Oh, how many TEs will he keep? He said he is keeping the best 53. There is not box. When McAdoo was mic'd up he was talking to Will Johnson and said to him are you an H-back, are you a fullback, are you a TE? Just say yes.

I think you are starting to get the picture. He is consistent by treating everybody as an individual and tailoring whatever that individual needs to become successful. This doesn't mean he is going to let Beckham not show up to practice and just show up to the games because he is a great talent. That is part of your non-negotiables. Whatever his are I am sure he relayed that message to the team but after that you have to do what will get the most out of the player. I think that is clear to me.
RE: I'm not sure that the logic follows...  
mfsd : 8/9/2016 6:20 pm : link
In comment 13063777 Bill L said:
Quote:


Quote:


We're going to be consistent: we're going treat every guy differently. We're going to take every player case by case...



I think he's being a little glib with his answer...as in, we will be consistently inconsistent
^  
ColHowPepper : 8/9/2016 8:59 pm : link
no, I think robbie has it right: I chuckled when I read the answer, but I think we're beginning to see a bit of McAdoo's dry sense of humor, with the writers, with himself, but his answer makes all the sense in the world, consistently, just the way robbie described it.

His take on Thompson is striking: sounds like he's both a player back there and with the mindset of a coach, a signal caller. I hope this continues to play out.

Williams sounds like he has talent, but his opponent is time being too short for a guy who has little football experience.

Why all the JJ focus from the writers? Because of his contract?
Back to the Corner