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Friday Media Transcript: Head Coach Ben McAdoo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/11/2016 3:28 pm
Head Coach Ben McAdoo

November 11, 2016

Q: Is Victor Cruz making progress?

A: He did not practice today.

Q: Is being out there a sign of progress?

A: Yes.

Q: He was able to run or sprint?

A: He didnít practice. He didnít get any team work today.

Q: How much work is left as far as the team practices that he can participate in?

A: Today is Thursday, so heíll have Saturdayís practice.

Q: Did the fact that he didnít practice today make Monday a long shot?

A: Weíll take it day by day.

Q: You were indoors today?

A: We were inside and outside today.

Q: Why indoors on a sunny day?

A: It was good to get in here and get the quality work in here. There were gusts of wind that wouldíve made the kicking game and some other parts of the game a challenge. We wanted to make sure we had quality work.

Q: How do you feel Eli Apple has responded to getting pulled from last weekís game?

A: Honestly, I donít see anything different with Eli. Heís come out, gone about his business and been productive on the practice field.

Q: What was it the other day that didnít click for him?

A: Made some mistakes that we need to eliminate through preparation. Heíll bounce back.

Q: How much do you attribute that to being a rookie?

A: I think not all days are good days in this business. You have to fight through that, learn from that and get better.

Q: Will he be back in the role he had before he was taken out on Sunday?

A: Heís back in the fold, yes.

Q: For games, you donít know what elements youíre going to get. Why not endure the elements? What goes into that decision in your mind?

A: We endured the elements up until the first TV timeout, then we came inside. We had a chance to throw and handle the ball in the elements. Then we decided to come in and finish the team period inside.

Q: Halfway through the season, do you have an idea of how good this team can be?

A: Weíre looking forward. We take it one week at a time. Weíre focused on our preparation. We donít look at things from a big picture standpoint as far as this is what we need to do to get here or be seeded here or there. November is about jockeying for position one game at a time. You have to focus on your preparation and find a way to get better each and every week and get a win.

Q: Do you feel like youíre in a good position?

A: I like where we are this week at this point in time. After a Thursday practice, we had a good physical practice out here. Weíre focused on playing Cincinnati on Monday night.

Q: When a team builds on wins like you have, does that help moving forward?

A: Again, weíre focused on our preparation. Thatís the most important thing. Focusing not in the venue or playing primetime football, not on anything else. We need to focus on Cincinnati and winning the ball game.

Q: As the calendar turns to November and December, is that more of a concern that the running game is not getting going?

A: No. Weíre focused on running the ball this week. We have a good plan in place. We had a good practice today. Weíll continue to improve as the week goes on.

Q: Is it important though later in the year?

A: Yes. As the weather turns, you want to be a good running football team, absolutely.

Q: Why hasnít Orleans Darkwa been in the mix the last few weeks?

A: Game plan decisions.

Q: Do you have a percentage or a number that youíd like to run the ball?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you like to share that?

A: No. We want to be a balanced football team.

Q: So you want to be a 50/50 offense run vs. pass?

A: Depending on the situation. Situations, you want to win the situation. Otherwise you want to be a balanced football team.

Q: Overall, youíre looking at 50/50 as your goal?

A: No. I want to be a balanced football team. Do whatever you have to do situationally to win. Whatever you have to do on third down, whatever you have to do in the green zone and coming out of the end zone. Otherwise, you want to be a balanced team.

Q: Is that a week-to-week thing?

A: Itís a philosophy.

Q: Do you consider it a balanced team if you only have 10-12 carries? Thatís how the situation turns out?

A: If youíre in the open field on first and second down, you want to be a balanced football team.

Q: Does Leon Hallís history with Cincinnati affect at all your decision to dress him this week?

A: Weíre looking to go into the game with the 46 we feel will help us in all three phases.

Q: Do you think he can help you?

A: Absolutely.

Q: How much of a weapon is Janoris Jenkins against A.J. Green?

A: A.J.ís a special player. He can be covered and still have a completion. Thatís what the challenging part of it is. If they throw the ball high and wide, a lot of times he has tight coverage, you see him coming down with the football. The great thing about the corners that we have is that they all fight and compete. They flush the bad plays. They give up a completion, they move on.
How about answering the question  
Gman11 : 11/11/2016 3:33 pm : link
Not exactly a great question, but come on. If he's going to give non-answers to everything, why bother with the interview.

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: When a team builds on wins like you have, does that help moving forward?

A: Again, weíre focused on our preparation. Thatís the most important thing. Focusing not in the venue or playing primetime football, not on anything else. We need to focus on Cincinnati and winning the ball game.


RE: How about answering the question  
Carthonfan : 11/11/2016 3:50 pm : link
In comment 13213215 Gman11 said:
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Not exactly a great question, but come on. If he's going to give non-answers to everything, why bother with the interview.

It's mandated by the league so I'm not certain how to best answer that question. What would you propose otherwise? Violate league rules?



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: When a team builds on wins like you have, does that help moving forward?

A: Again, weíre focused on our preparation. Thatís the most important thing. Focusing not in the venue or playing primetime football, not on anything else. We need to focus on Cincinnati and winning the ball game.


How about  
Gman11 : 11/11/2016 3:54 pm : link
"Yes, winning those close games gives you confidence, especially if you come up to the same situation later."

Isn't that type of answer what is expected instead of not answering the question at all?
The questions are amateur hour  
GiantsRage2007 : 11/11/2016 3:56 pm : link
How many times do you have to ask the same type of game strategy decision questions to realize he isn't going to tell you the gameplan? What a waste of questions. Why would he tip the Giants cap so to speak?
STUPID,  
oldog : 11/11/2016 6:18 pm : link
uncreative, aggravating, non-insightful questions, repeated with all coaches. If McAdoo answered them he'd be a fool. Also, he can't tip his strategy, nor fail to support his players. Why structure an interview to try to trap him instead of giving him a chance to sincerely inform?
Glad he is throwing Eli Apple back out there  
Jimmy Googs : 11/11/2016 6:19 pm : link
hoping something breaks his way early to get confidence back...
RE: Glad he is throwing Eli Apple back out there  
robbieballs2003 : 11/11/2016 6:39 pm : link
In comment 13213333 Jimmy Googs said:
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hoping something breaks his way early to get confidence back...


I rewatched the game with the coaches video. I don't know what happened to Apple but he was pretty horrific. We all saw the Ryan Mathews TD when Apple lost contain and Collins waved his hands up in the air in disgust. But earlier Philly lined up in a double TE formation to the right. Philly play actioned and number 87 just ran right by Apple for a huge gain. He is so frustrating. These aren't rookie mistakes. These are high school mistakes. He has his eyes in the backfield which a corner should never do, he isn't reading his keys, and he is worried about a responsibility that is not his. I am dumbfounded by this. How did Apple go from playing so well early in the season to the player that showed up last week? I hope he got his head out of his ass because we need him.
When the camera closed in on him, it looked like he had  
Jimmy Googs : 11/11/2016 7:11 pm : link
a concussion...not kidding. Eyes just kind staring out into nothing.

Gotta bounce back from that game as we need him for sure...

RE: When the camera closed in on him, it looked like he had  
robbieballs2003 : 11/11/2016 7:21 pm : link
In comment 13213352 Jimmy Googs said:
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a concussion...not kidding. Eyes just kind staring out into nothing.

Gotta bounce back from that game as we need him for sure...


Possible. Something was going on because he regressed severely (mentally) that game. Hopefully it was a one time hiccup.
I can't imagine all the crap he took from the guys on the team  
shelovesnycsports : 11/11/2016 7:45 pm : link
for his Moms fight with Mara. That had to weigh on the young man. Notice Annie is quiet this week.
RE: STUPID,  
Dan Duggan : 11/12/2016 6:52 am : link
In comment 13213332 oldog said:
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uncreative, aggravating, non-insightful questions, repeated with all coaches. If McAdoo answered them he'd be a fool. Also, he can't tip his strategy, nor fail to support his players. Why structure an interview to try to trap him instead of giving him a chance to sincerely inform?


Let me just jump in here and ask what questions you suggest. I mean he wouldn't even give an answer yesterday to a question that was essentially: Is winning good? I'm genuinely curious if there's an approach that you think the media is missing that will provide insightful answers.
RE: RE: STUPID,  
Big Blue '56 : 11/12/2016 7:44 am : link
In comment 13213547 Dan Duggan said:
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In comment 13213332 oldog said:


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uncreative, aggravating, non-insightful questions, repeated with all coaches. If McAdoo answered them he'd be a fool. Also, he can't tip his strategy, nor fail to support his players. Why structure an interview to try to trap him instead of giving him a chance to sincerely inform?



Let me just jump in here and ask what questions you suggest. I mean he wouldn't even give an answer yesterday to a question that was essentially: Is winning good? I'm genuinely curious if there's an approach that you think the media is missing that will provide insightful answers.


Dan, here's the thing: Aside from the trolls that inundate the site, this place consists of mostly hard core fans..We talk about the X,Y,Z receivers, the 3 tech (for example) DL, Cover 1, 2 et al..We "anal-ize" this team ad nauseum 24/7..In my case, I've been at this with the Giants since 1956 and have pretty much seen everything..

Granted, reporters such as yourself have to ask questions that may or may not lead into your next day's (or tweets) reports. The majority of our fans are casual. They live longer..You (editorial you) mostly cater to that majority. We get that..

Asking the insightful questions will oft times be ignored or the answers couched in a manner suited for a 5 year-old..What many of us want asked is why a certain timeout was wasted towards the end of the game, why aren't we using much more motion in our O so that a two year-old can't predict what the play call will be..

Moving around OBJ as they did against the Eagles, was effective. Why did this obvious move take 8 games to implement? In short, why not ask the questions you as a reporter or fan wonder about as you watch each game? Yes, there's a lot of coachspeak and playerspeak you have to deal with. I get that too. But, asking the right questions eventually has to be answered imo if reporters stay at it..I don't even bother reading McAdoos transcripts anymore as the questions are mostly fluff and the answers so football 101 it tells me squat..
I hear you...  
Dan Duggan : 11/12/2016 9:00 am : link
I know hardcore fans don't like the "fluff" questions, but as you understand, those are necessary to an extent when serving a larger audience. I think McAdoo gets an equal mix of those questions and football questions and he stiff-arms both equally for the most part.

Maybe McAdo will get more comfortable with the media and/or we'll figure out a way to ask better questions. If you read the Spags transcript from yesterday, there's a ton of insightful responses without giving away the game plan. It would be great if McAdoo was like that. He's not, but you make a good point that we should keep hammering away at him on the football topics rather than being defeated.
How many times are you guys going to ask  
shelovesnycsports : 11/12/2016 9:11 am : link
about the running game Knowing he doesn't have the players to block for it to be successful? You guys do these interviews like FBI agents doing an interrogation.
Your going to get Jeter like answers until you guys start asking positive questions. Go see how the Green Bay beats do their interviews.
You could combine the first 3 questions.  
shelovesnycsports : 11/12/2016 9:15 am : link
You were indoors today? Why? Seriously you need to know why? Again there is no civility in these questions.
Ask a Question with some though in it not When Where Why How or What?
RE: How many times are you guys going to ask  
Big Blue '56 : 11/12/2016 9:18 am : link
In comment 13213587 shelovesnycsports said:
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about the running game Knowing he doesn't have the players to block for it to be successful? You guys do these interviews like FBI agents doing an interrogation.
Your going to get Jeter like answers until you guys start asking positive questions. Go see how the Green Bay beats do their interviews.


I think he explained the reasons quite well AND what he possibly can do about it..
here is  
shelovesnycsports : 11/12/2016 9:24 am : link
the great Bill

Notice the questions relate more to the game and the other team.

other that the trump crap.
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