Head Coach Ben McAdoo
September 27, 2017
Opening Statement: Weíre getting ready to play a good football team coming off a tough loss on the road. Offensively, theyíre led by Jameis Winston, a very aggressive and talented quarterback. The youngest player in NFL history to throw 50 touchdowns. Theyíre very talented on the perimeter, as talented of a group as youíll find in this league. Defensively, theyíre fast, athletic. They make messes all over the field. They do a good job with their line stunts, and their linebackers run well to the football. (Gerald) McCoy is a tremendous player at the three technique. He can wreck a game if you donít account for him early and often. Their linebackers are a fast flow and active group. The secondary Ė they play very well to the front. Special teams Ė (Bryan) Anger is a tremendous directional punter, does a good job hanging it up there, puts it where he wants to put it. Nick Folk is a reliable kicker. He was just down the street a little bit ago and does a nice job for them. With that, letís open it up.
Q: How is your team handling the noise surrounding 0-3?
A: We have our noise blockers on. The guys have been focused and did a good job yesterday in the team meeting Ė in offense and defense and special teams meetings focusing in. We had a good productive day today. Good to get out there in the heat and humidity today. That will help us on Sunday.
Q: What has been your message to the team?
A: Well, just handle our details. We need to focus on ourselves, our football. We need to quit learning the same lessons over and over again and itís about the details right now. Focus on keeping the main thing the main thing and the details of our football.
Q: What is your reaction to Giantsí President and CEO John Maraís comments about WR Odell Beckham Jr.?
A: Weíve had conversations on it. Iíll start with this Ė we had 10 penalties in the football game. Penalties snap to whistle are penalties that happen, combative penalties in the game. You can clean those up with fundamentals. Pre-snap and post-snap penalties, we have to clean up and thatís a part of it. Celebration penalties are things you canít have. Itís a poor reflection on me, on the program and on the organization. We have a plan for it. Weíre going to handle it internally and we have a plan for it moving forward.
Q: Will WR Odell Beckham Jr. start on Sunday?
A: Iím done talking about it. We have a plan for it. Weíre handling it internally and we have a plan moving forward.
Q: What was one of the reasons why the Vikings were so successful getting the ball deep downfield against the Buccaneers?
A: I think they did a nice job, not just down the field, but short to intermediate. They came out, they did a good job completing the ball, getting Case (Keenum) some rhythm early in the ball game. That just carried over as they went through the ball game. But they got the quarterback in a rhythm early. They did a nice job of protection. If youíre going to throw the ball down the field, it always starts with protection. The rhythm and the confidence early in the football game is important.
Q: What prompts you to say that the penalties are a poor reflection on you?
A: Iím the head coach. Itís my responsibility.
Q: Are penalties across the board your responsibility?
A: Pre-snap and post-snap penalties.
Q: How do you stop pre and post-snap penalties?
A: Well, recently itís been a problem. The past year it wasnít and weíre going to clean it up moving forward.
Q: Have you turned cleaning up penalties into a team-wide message?
A: Itís something we talk about every day after practice.
Q: How does WR Odell Beckham Jr. balance his passion for the game with the side antics?
A: Again, I made my comments on it and Iím leaving them at that.
Q: Why have pre and post-snap penalties become an issue in recent weeks?
A: Pre and post-snap penalties. Some are discipline-related. Some are not. But the pre-snap penalties, we injected some tempo in the plan last week offensively. We handled it well at times early on. As the first half went on, we didnít do a good job of it. We need to do a better job of it.
Q: You have not shared your thoughts on Odellís celebration. What are your thoughts on the way WR Odell Beckham Jr. celebrated?
A: I just did. Itís a poor reflection on me. Itís a poor reflection on the organization. We have a plan for it moving forward.
Q: Are you convinced the celebration wonít happen again?
A: That didnít come out of my mouth.
Q: Are you worried that the celebration will happen again?
A: Iím not worried about anything. We have a plan for it if it does.
Q: Did WR Odell Beckham Jr. tell you his celebration was in response to President Donald Trump?
A: Personal conversations stay personal.
Q: How do you balance the fact that you need WR Odell Beckham Jr. on the field, but there are some pre and post-snap penalties that go with that?
A: Like I talked about in the conference call, we should be focused on the way he plays the game. He made two of the finest plays youíll ever see in pro football since Iíve been in the league. Those are getting overshadowed. Itís unfortunate.
Q: Do you tell WR Odell Beckham Jr. that his football talent is being overshadowed by other things?
A: Personal conversations stay personal.
Q: Did you or your staff go over the celebration rules?
A: We went over it on a couple occasions. The officials came in. They went over it. They put more on the coaches, well, I guess more on the officials, too, is really what happened.
Q: Should there have been any confusion that what WR Odell Beckham Jr. did to celebrate would cause a penalty?
A: Whether it was or it wasnít a penalty, itís still not something that weíre condoning.
Q: Would you consider telling your players that they have to hand the ball to the ref post-touchdown?
A: Listen, we have a plan for it moving forward. We need to focus on our football. We have to get prepared to go win a football game down south in some conditions against a good team.
Q: Do you find this to be a distraction?
A: Iím not distracted. I think some people in this circle are distracted.
Q: Are you at the point where you have to win this week?
A: Well, I donít know that Iíve ever been in a game thatís not a must-win. I think every game is a must-win. Thatís what you do. Thatís why you come to work every day. Thatís why youíre here early. Thatís why you stay late. You show up, you work hard to prepare to go win the ball game. Itís why weíre here.
Q: When you looked at the run defense, how much was it missing LB B.J. Goodson?
A: It was more than one position. First things first, you have to give the opponent credit. They did a nice job and then we have to go to work on ourselves.
Q: How did some of the guys that came back from injuries look in practice today, like LB B.J. Goodson and DE Olivier Vernon?
A: They were limited today. OV (did not practice).
Q: Did Sundayís performance solidify that you need to call the plays?
A: Again, weíll take a look at that each and every day. Iíll let you know when it changes.
Q: What do you mean about DE Olivier Vernon being out?
A: He was working with the trainers.
Q: Did RB Shane Vereen practice.
A: Shane Vereen. He was sore today.