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Thursday Media Transcript: Head Coach Ben McAdoo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/14/2017 3:59 pm
Head Coach Ben McAdoo

September 14, 2017

Opening Statement: Alright, another big challenge this week. Detroit is red-hot, coming off of a big win versus Arizona. They had to come back and win that ball game. Their offense is dynamic, led by [quarterback] Matt Stafford. He’s among the finest QBs in the league. Their O-line is a remade unit, they’re functioning well together, they’re playing well. They have a handful of matchup pieces on the offensive perimeter – [Wide receivers] [Golden] Tate, [Marvin] Jones and [Kenny] Golladay – either with size, speed or quickness. [Eric] Ebron at tight end, he’s a fine receiving player. And [Ameer] Abdullah and [Theo] Riddick, both at the running back spot, create matchup problems. Their defense is a multiple unit with good, veteran leadership and youthful talent. They play with strong, deep and physical defensive linemen. [Linebacker] Jarrad Davis is adapting to the pro game well, out of Florida. Their back end is smart, combative in both the run and the pass and they’re led by [safety] Glover Quin. Special teams, they have a good of a group of core players as you can find. They’re about eight deep at that position. [Safeties] [Don] Carey, [Miles] Killebrew and [linebacker] [Nick] Bellore lead the way there. [Matt] Prater is a tremendous kicker and has a great history behind him and he had to double up in the punting duties last week and did an admirable job there. With that, let’s open it up.

Q: What do you see differently in Detroit’s defense, compared to last year, to improve on opposing quarterback’s pass completions?

A: It starts up front for them. They’re a different team at home than they are on the road, but they still get after the quarterback on a fast surface. They play with the wide-nine techniques. They’re physical up front, they do a great job of getting off the ball and pushing back into the quarterback and that helps them out there and they’re growing there. They had a young group and it was getting better up front. They added [Jarrad] Davis, who helps them in the linebacker unit. He’s young, he’s athletic, he’s learning the pro game, but he is adapting quickly there. And their secondary, they have a couple ball hawks there. They are multiple in their secondary, so they always keep you guessing, but they’re a talented group.

Q: What was wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. able to do today?

A: He was limited.

Q: How do you think Beckham ran?

A: He was limited today.

Q: How much more optimistic are you that he can play this week?

A: More than last week. We got him out there.

Q: Did you hear about the report that Beckham was in a dance-off at a club last week and what is your reaction?

A: Yeah, Odell was limited today.

Q: How impressed were you with linebacker B.J. Goodson in his first NFL start?

A: B.J.’s made a lot of progress. Each week is a new challenge for a young player and we look forward to him learning from last week’s game and gaining some confidence and being ready for this week.

Q: How impressed are you with the leap that Goodson took from his rookie year to his second year, becoming a leader on the defense?

A: Again, I have a lot of confidence in B.J. He’ll have a chance to learn and grow each and every week and this week is no different.

Q: Was Bobby Hart out of practice today?

A: He did not practice.

Q: If Hart can’t play in Monday’s game, who will be the starting right tackle?

A: We’ll roll a couple different guys in there. We’ll take a look at it and we’ll see how the week goes.

Q: Is Justin Pugh an option at right tackle?

A: They’re all an option.

Q: How much did Pugh play tackle this summer and what makes you think he can play there?

A: Yeah, we have a variety of guys who are talented that can go out there and play at the right tackle spot and we’ll take a look at a variety of guys this week and see how it plays out.

Q: Would you lean towards less changes, as far as position, or are you okay with scrambling the offensive line around?

A: We’ll lean towards who can help us put the best five out there.

Q: Can you talk about the difficulties of calling plays as a head coach versus as a coordinator?

A: I mean, the communication is really the same. The difference is you take a third wheel out of the game, management part of things. So, that’s really the case. I have a chance to manage the game and call the plays on offense, I think that’s easier than adding a third [part] to the wheel.

Q: What is your message to the fans this week?

A: We’re definitely excited to be back home, in primetime. We know the fans are going to be juiced up and ready to go and we’re going to need them at our back.

Q: If Beckham can play on Monday night, is there a danger to players thinking, ‘He’s here to save us’?

A: No, I don’t think [so]. I think we took a look in the mirror and we know we have some work to do as a football team and we’re addressing it head on.

Q: What changes if Beckham plays on Monday?

A: Odell’s a dynamic playmaker, he brings a lot of energy to the football game. One of the best players in the league, regardless of positon.

Q: Are you able to play the game any differently with Beckham there?

A: You play the game as it unfolds.

Q: When you look at Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford on tape, what has been the biggest jump he’s made since last season?

A: I think he’s healthy, for one thing. He’s definitely someone who can – he doesn’t get a lot of credit for being a quarterback who can move in the pocket and extend plays and I think that’s one of the things that he does best. He takes advantage of matchups. He can make a variety of throws, all the throws from a variety of different body positions. So, he’s very accurate that way. He doesn’t have to be in a clean pocket because he can get out and he can create.

Q: What is something on offense from last week’s game that people can expect to see different this week against Detroit?

A: We sat down, we watched the tape, we addressed it, we realized that coming off of a primetime game on the road that we’re blessed with a long week this week. So, we have a full week to practice, we’ll be able to get the pads on tomorrow and we’re excited to do so.

Q: Do you have to be aware of a possible offense/defense split among the team?

A: We played one football game. One of 16. We learned from it, we flushed it and we’ve moved on.

Q: After an offseason of saying that the offensive line is improved, what happens now after Week One when there was no improvement?

A: We keep working to get better. But, again, everyone keeps pointing to the offensive line. There was enough to go around. We have to work this week to improve. It’s one week.

Q: Where else does the blame lie?

A: No one’s blaming anybody. We have a lot of work to do as an offense. It’s not just the offensive line.

Q: Does the blame start with the offensive line?

A: No.

Q: How did you grade out Manning’s game?

A: You want me to give you the grade for Eli? You think I’m going to stand up here and give you the grade for a player? No.

Q: The blame doesn’t start with the offensive line?

A: We have 11 guys on offense. It takes all 11 to have a successful play and win the down on offense. Not just the center, not just the guards, it takes all 11.

Q: Did the team practice like they had a chip on their shoulder today?

A: We had a good practice with a lot of energy and we got better today.
Well that was fun  
Giantfan in skinland : 9/14/2017 4:09 pm : link
He keeps answering questions  
Dave on the UWS : 9/14/2017 4:33 pm : link
like this when his offense is an embarrassment and HE will earn the title of Head Shmuck! When your answers sound defensive and arrogant it doesn't sound good. Better to say no comment if they are going to look so clueless
I really hope...  
Dan in the Springs : 9/14/2017 4:35 pm : link
he gets angry about the grilling and takes it out on the team. He needs to lose his patience with players who are inconsistent.

Lead - inspire - hold people accountable. One of those things aren't happening as much as I'd like.
Far be it from me  
bigbluehoya : 9/14/2017 4:40 pm : link
To take a real interest in how Benny-with-the-Good-Hair speaks to the reporters, but nobody will be surprised if these guys turn on him pretty quickly in the absence of good results.

The line of questioning has been right down the middle, and he just continues to be difficult bordering on abrasive.
So, Mike Sullivan is the hypothetical third wheel?  
jcn56 : 9/14/2017 4:46 pm : link
Seems like exactly how you'd like to be referred to by your boss.
RE: So, Mike Sullivan is the hypothetical third wheel?  
robbieballs2003 : 9/14/2017 4:48 pm : link
In comment 13598839 jcn56 said:
Seems like exactly how you'd like to be referred to by your boss.

Agreed. What a dick thing to say.
One 11-5 season does not a belichick make  
mattlawson : 9/14/2017 5:31 pm : link
The limited shit with Beckham is comical. And then the reverse psychology of answering other trivial questions in over the top detail is not a move akin to yoda. But Michael Scott season 1.

Hence the hair.
Also second week in a row.  
mattlawson : 9/14/2017 5:33 pm : link
I'll take BMac over a smarmy sweet-talk-the-reporters guy  
CT Charlie : 9/14/2017 5:45 pm : link
like Pete Carroll forever. I think many of the questions here are jerky, designed to irritate him.
arcarsenal : 9/14/2017 5:55 pm : link
LOL, man this place turns on people fast...
Press cant be happy.  
Giant John : 9/14/2017 7:00 pm : link
Coach gives them nothing. Why bother with it at all?
funny to see people take the press' side just because you're an  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/14/2017 7:04 pm : link
unsatisfied customer.
RE: I'll take BMac over a smarmy sweet-talk-the-reporters guy  
adamg : 9/14/2017 7:08 pm : link
In comment 13598881 CT Charlie said:
like Pete Carroll forever. I think many of the questions here are jerky, designed to irritate him.

It isn't in this transcript, but a reporter did ask during the Odell questions something like:

Was Odell limited at the dance contest?

And the reporters laughed while McAdoo looked poised to spit on the dumb fuck.
I'm not on the press's side...  
Dan in the Springs : 9/14/2017 7:12 pm : link
but I would like him to show a little less patience with the players who are consistently inconsistent.

John Jerry might be a coach killer, and maybe even a GM killer. His inconsistencies are maddening. There are others on the OL that are the same. Whatever coach is doing to get consistent execution isn't working, so if he gets angry about it maybe he'll make some necessary changes.

Also, agree about him making Sullivan look bad with that quote. I know he was talking about his role as coach, but it was a bit revealing of the roles they have. This is Coach McAdoo's offense, plain and simple. Lots of us had concerns about the Sully hiring. I'm not sure what he's bringing to the table right now at all.

In the end, if the offense continues its poor performances and it's Sully's head that rolls I'm going to be confused.
The first thing you have to do  
Reb8thVA : 9/14/2017 7:27 pm : link
Is learn your cliches.
Whoever asked for Eli's grade  
RetroJint : 9/14/2017 7:58 pm : link
just made the team's media crap list. Let's go McAdoo! Fire this thing up. Get after these guys Monday Night. Let's play a good night game .
Why in hell do I even read this?  
Gman11 : 9/14/2017 8:18 pm : link
Jesus, what a bunch of nothing. If I was asking him the questions I'd feel like punching him in the face with some of the answers he gives.

Q: How much did Pugh play tackle this summer and what makes you think he can play there?

A: Yeah, we have a variety of guys who are talented that can go out there and play at the right tackle spot and we’ll take a look at a variety of guys this week and see how it plays out.

How about answering the damn question?
RE: Why in hell do I even read this?  
Emil : 9/14/2017 8:26 pm : link
In comment 13599001 Gman11 said:
Jesus, what a bunch of nothing. If I was asking him the questions I'd feel like punching him in the face with some of the answers he gives.


Q: How much did Pugh play tackle this summer and what makes you think he can play there?

A: Yeah, we have a variety of guys who are talented that can go out there and play at the right tackle spot and we’ll take a look at a variety of guys this week and see how it plays out.

How about answering the damn question?

I don't think the question deserves an answer. Pugh played LT in college, played RT his rookie year, and played tackle again for one game in 2015. Any beat writer covering the Giants should already know that.

I don't care how McAdoo addresses the media as long as his team wins... I hope they win.
Exactly, Emil.  
CT Charlie : 9/14/2017 8:37 pm : link
The tone of the question "What makes you think he can play there?" is insulting, and the substance of it shows ignorance. In general, I'm a pro-media guy, but in this case, I'm 100% with McAdoo.
trueblueinpw : 9/14/2017 8:52 pm : link
I don't worry about McAdoo's pressers. I think he actually does a great job. He's standing up there keeping things together, he isn't taking the bait from reporters trying to find a story (give Eli a grade).

Been saying for a while, I think McAdoo is a good organization guy - handles the press - keeps the team motivated - etc. My concern with McAdoo is Xs and Os. And he isn't going to get into much of that with the press either. I don't think a good HC isn't going to give the press much to write about for any number of reasons. Let's see how the offense handles Haloti Ngnata and Ziggy Ansah on MNF. Giants hang +30 on the Lions and win and McAdoo can say what he wants to the press and even break out the big suit and Giants fans won't give a hoot. Just win Bennie, just win.
He has a special talent  
joeinpa : 9/15/2017 7:15 am : link
For giving anwere that don t address the question. He does it without stammering. That can t be that easy
You guys crack me up  
BigBlueShock : 9/15/2017 9:37 am : link
Killing McAdoo because he refuses to fall into the NY media trap? How long have you been paying attention? The media is always looking for a mole hill that they can turn into a mountain. They take quotes out of context to create a story that isn't there and often times almost blatantly lie about the context. Anything he says will be spun and make major headlines for no reason whatsoever. The media has no one to blame but themselves for these answers he gives.

All of the same guys bitching about his answers are probably the same guys that freak out over every single non story the media creates and skim over the details to only focus on the attention grabbing headlines of their intentionally misdirected agenda.
For example  
BigBlueShock : 9/15/2017 9:46 am : link
Take the question they asked about his grade on Eli. Now, everybody that was watching knows Eli didn't play well. If McAdoo had given his grade on Eli, the headline the next day would be "Coach throws Eli under the bus". Then we would have a 1500 post thread on BBI destroying McAdoo for supposedly throwing Eli under the bus.

How anyone takes the side of the media at this point is beyond me. They are trying to sell a story. Many times at any cost. Screw them.
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