Head Coach Ben McAdoo
January 9, 2017
Opening Statement: 11 wins, tough to get in this league. We didn't reach our goal that we talked about as a team, we're all disappointed. I feel that we built a solid foundation for the future and made progress towards our goal. We have a bad taste in our mouth right now but that's got to fuel us moving forward.
Q: When you look at the offensive personnel, how close do you feel you are to having enough to get you over the hump that you had this year?
A: We felt that we had the talent and the coaching in the scheme this year to have a better year than we had. We obviously fell short from an offensive prospective. We need to go back and take a look at the film, do the scheme evaluation, do the personnel evaluations and look at everything that's involved. I need to take a good look at everything and see where we can get better.
Q: How do you view the degree to which this was a success?
A: I think we made some progress. We didn't reach our goal and there's only one team that's happy at the end of the season and we're not going to be that team this year. We're going to have a bad taste in our mouths here for a little while and when we come back here in April, and hopefully before then, within the rules, we'll get better and have a chance to evaluate everything and use that for fuel for success for the future.
Q: When do you the offensive evaluation, is play calling something you're going to look at?
A: Everything, we need to look at everything.
Q: Why do you think the offensive never really clicked in 17 games?
A: You take a look at it, there are opportunities out there. We had opportunities to be successful. Some plans were better than others, some games...you just have to go back and take a look at it. It's hard to come in here and say. We were so focused on the ball game yesterday at this time to give you a straight answer. We need to go back and we need to study it, study the personnel, study the scheme, study how it fits together and what we can do to get better.
Q: When you look at your rookie class this season and guys like Eli Apple, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, what does that say about your team to have rookies come in and contribute to team success immediately?
A: I think we added a strong class of rookies and free agents to the locker room this year. The young guys really worked hard at developing throughout the course of the season. At the end of the year we got a lot out of them and that's encouraging moving forward. At the same point in time, they need to take a big jump from year one to year two, there needs to be a big jump there. We can't have any sophomore slumps.
Q: Did you address the team today, and if so, what was your message to them?
A: Very similar to what we just talked about here; that they bought into a rookie head coach and I thanked them for that. That was important for me personally to thank them for what they've done for the Giants organization. Putting themselves out there the way they do. Talked about making progress, that we have a solid foundation built. We have talented men of integrity in the locker room, which is important. We didn't reach our goal and we all know what the goal is and we need to keep working towards that goal and use this last game as motivation.
Q: On Eli Manning's comment on Odell Beckham Jr. making the game bigger than it was. Do you think thatís possible?
A: I'm not sure, I think anything is possible. I think Odell went out and played with tremendous effort. I think there may be some signs of some guys pressing in the ball game. You go through it, you learn and next time you have that opportunity, you have to cash in on it.
Q: Did you ask him if he [Odell Beckham Jr] punched the wall?
A: There's a hole in the wall in the locker room in Lambeau and I take full responsibility for it. That's not the way we want to be acting after ball games.
Q: Did he hurt himself or his hand at all?
A: I answered the question.
Q: What do you think you have to accomplish with him in the off season to help improve his behavior?
A: After an emotional football game, we need to make sure we put a lot of thought and energy in how we want to carry ourselves.
Q: You don't condone punching walls?
A: I do not condone putting holes in the wall, no.
Q: When did you become aware of that?
A: Last night or early this morning.
Q: Did you talk to him about it?
A: He and I had a conversation, there have been conversations. But again, there's a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field, we take full responsibility, I take full responsibility. It's no way to carry yourself after a ball game. Letís move on.
Q: Odell has made so many difficult catches that when we see games like yesterday, we look and count numerous drops. How do you look at his performance?
A: I don't think as a team we handled the ball very well. Odell had a couple of costly drops and that's something that's going to stick with him for a long time. He'll learn from it and he'll grow from it and he'll bounce back.
Q: How much was his thumb a factor between that and the cold?
A: Again, we didn't handle the ball well and when the ball hits our hands, we have to catch the football. That's a part of it.
Q: Will he need any procedures on his thumb during the off-season?
A: Not that I'm aware of.
Q: You talked about having a solid foundation in the young players. How do you balance that with having a 36 year-old starting quarterback?
A: Eli, to me, was moving better in the pocket than he has since I got here. He threw with tremendous zip all season. He had a couple come out funny, but a lot of guys do in weather games. I thought yesterday he was stroking the ball pretty good. The go route had nice depth to it and he fit a couple nice shots in there yesterday. The post was nice, throwing catch with him and Tavarres King, so I thought he was throwing the ball well, I thought he was moving in the pocket well, thought he played well.
Q: [inaudible] on Manning.
A: Each and every day we all have something to prove in this business. Each and every day we have to go out and prove it. I don't see anything from this year that says he can't play at a high level.
Q: In the first-half, why Bobby Rainey on 4th-1 and not Jennings or Perkins?
A: It was a two-minute call and it was a combination of short yardage, two-minute call. The defense took away the A gaps and Morgan Burnett made a nice play on the ball.
Q: Would you like to have that one back?
A: Any 3rd-down conversion you don't get, you want to have back. Absolutely that's one of them.
Q: Ereck Flowers, by Pro Football Focus, is rated the 59th best tackle. Do you have to get someone in here to compete with him or think about ways to challenge him differently?
A: We're going to go take a look at all of our personnel and our schemes and we're going to evaluate everything, put it all out there on the table and see what we have to do to get better. It's a little early right now to say what direction we need to go or where we're going to go. Competition is always good.
Q: What did you see from him this year?
A: I saw a guy who's learning to trust his technique. With young players, the way they come into league now, you have to take a leap of faith with their technique as far as the bending, keeping your elbows tight and striking with your hands and pass protection. Finishing the way you're capable of finishing, those are the things that need to improve.
Q: Were you content with the progress that he made in that regard?
A: I'm not content in the way we played offensive football, no.
Q: Are there any injuries your concerned about when you start back up in the spring?
A: We just had the exit interviews and they were getting checked by the doctors. It's a little early for me to say.
Q: Do you feel that roster wise your close with a couple of moves?
A: I think that we need to keep developing players and that's important. Whether it's a veteran player who's coming off of a good year or a young player that's making progress; we need to keep developing the players on our roster and go back and take look and see what we need to add, whether it's a veteran piece or a nice draft class. We need to keep acquiring talent and developing players.
Q: What's the experience and journey been like for being the head coach of the Giants for close to a calendar year now?
A: I haven't had time to sit down and reflect on anything. I'm not sure it's been a calendar year. Today is Monday, that's all I know. Haven't had to sit down and reflect on anything, I'm just focused on the task at hand.
Q: Even though you haven't looked at it, what's your evaluation of yourself in your first year?
A: The bottom line is all that matters, it's a bottom line business. We fell short of our goal, we made some progress, not where we want to be.
Q: What do you think you need to do better?
A: Put the trophy in the case, that's the goal here, period. That's what we're here to do, that's why we show up to work every day.
Q: Any steps along the way now that you have some experience?
A: That's a good step, that's the next one.
Q: With a handful of personnel moves coming up this off-season, where does Jason Pierre-Paul rank for you guys trying to bring him back?
A: We haven't even had a chance to sit down and talk about much of anything yet. JPP is a tremendous player, great talent, can rush the quarterback. Anytime you can rush the quarterback or cover somebody on defense, you're a valuable asset and we'll take a look at that and talk about that here shortly.
Q: Do you want him back?
A: Do I want him back, JPP is a heck of player. He makes a lot of things easier on defense, sure.
Q: Do you consider the plan that you and Aaron Wellman put in place a success as you kept a lot of banged up players on the field?
A: Again, that's the other thing that we're going to go back and take a look at the schedule and see how we're going to make it better. We felt we made some progress in some areas. Building guys up to the games, being able to practice with pads later in the season, that's always encouraging. I think everything can get better, don't ever be satisfied. You can't stay the same in this business.
Q: After the last two games, a lot of fans were wondering, where was Tavaress King this year?
A: Yeah, Tavaress, hats off. He did a tremendous job the last two games, got behind the defense a couple of times. Ran a nice post route yesterday, focused on the ball. Opened some eyes.
A: Victor Cruz, staying healthy is obviously encouraging. We'll sit down, we'll have discussions with Victor like we do with all of our players. I'm confident in Victor.
Q: Do you want him back?
A: I'm confident in Victor, absolutely. I want them all back! I like them all.
Q: When you look back the play of the defense, did it exceed your expectations?
A: I think defensively, like we said early in the season, we acquired some talent through free agency and acquired some young guys through the draft. When you have a chance to hit on talent, you always don't know what you're getting until they get into the building. So I think we added talented men of character and that's the biggest thing, guys who enjoyed seeing everyone else in the room having success, everyone else on the defense having success and not being selfish so everything fit together.
Q: Do you anticipate or would you consider any coaching changes?
A: No, it's way too early for that but I don't anticipate anything. Never say never.
Q: You just said you want everybody back as a team. Is that the hardest thing on a day like this, when you return in the spring itís not going to be the same.
A: You talk about building a solid foundation but not everybody is going to be in there. The room is going to change, things are going to change. Some coaches may move on to bigger and better things, some players may move on to bigger and better things. Since they played at a high level, they may have an opportunity to cash in somewhere else, or may not fit or whatever the case may be. Teams change year in and year out. When you miss an opportunity like we missed yesterday and we felt we had plenty opportunities, it stings.
Q: Will it be a point of emphasis for you this off-season to figure out how to get down the field regardless of how defenses play against you?
A: You can get down the field. There's things that you can do to get down the field schematically from a passing game standpoint. It's just takes time to get there.
Q: Landon Collins today, and other players over the past few weeks have talked about how they found you easy to communicate with, that you're open to their ideas and they appreciate that a lot. Is that something you believe that you leave this first season with, knowing that you have that foundation?
A: I believe communication is important, leadership. I think whether they're a veteran player or a they're a young player, they need to be able to come up and communicate with me or get a message to me and have me communicate to them, I think that's an important part of growth. My door is always open, a lot of guys took advantage of it today and I'm sure some will moving forward and when they come back in April. That's something that I encourage and I think it's important for growth.
Q: Do you have a date for when they come back?
A: We're going to try and get them back here as soon as we can get them back here. They spend a lot of time away, I like coaching players.
Q: What do you do the next couple of weeks?
A: We're going to sit down, evaluate players, evaluate scheme. I'm ready for next year, lets go.