Head Coach Ben McAdoo
November 9, 2017
Q: How do you respond to anonymous player comments that you lost the team, players have given up and the team is going too hard on Saturday practices?
A: First things first, I have an open door policy. So, any player that has anything to say is welcome to come in the front door and talk. I had a couple conversations over the last couple of weeks and I welcome those conversations and the next thing is pretty simple. Itís hard to help a player when they donít put their name on a quote. So, if they need some help, come see me. Iím the guy that can help them. The first day of training camp we get together and I talk about the difference between bitching and complaining. And thereís a difference to me. Nobody wants to be around a constant complainer. That doesnít help the team, that doesnít help the chemistry, that doesnít help anything get any better. But, each player, maybe you have a bitch. And if youíve got a bitch, I can understand that because if you donít, Iím not doing it right.
Q: Personally, is it an affront to you at all when you see comments like that and somebody doesnít put their name to it?
A: No, I donít take things personal in this business. Everything Iím focused on is trying to put these guys in a position to be successful and put them in a position to win a game this week.
Q: Were the complaints in the anonymous comments ones that were brought to your attention in past conversations with players?
A: No, they were separate conversations.
Q: So, nothing that was in the anonymous quotes was addressed to you in the past?
Q: Did you address the report with the players today?
A: What report? Anonymous quotes? No. I donít know who to address it with. Thereís no name on the quotes, so to me thereís nothing to address. Get some names on the quotes and Iíll find out who I need to help and then Iíll help them.
Q: Do anonymous quotes make you doubt that you have Ďtalented men of integrityí in the locker room?
A: Anonymous quotes can come from a lot of different places, it may not come from the 53[-man roster].
Q: So, you doubt that one of your players actually made the anonymous comments?
A: Iím not doubting it, Iím just saying I donít know who itís coming from. If I know who itís coming from, I can address it.
Q: Is it true that you fine players more frequently than you did last year?
A: I donít fine players, players fine themselves. We have rules in place, the standards arenít going to change, weíre going to hold guys accountable. I donít find fine players, they fine themselves.
Q: So, your discipline rules are the same as they were last season?
A: They are, yes.
Q: Is going 80 percent on Saturday practices the same that you did last year?
A: Same for three years. Weíre on the field, usually, 48-53 minutes. Forty-eight to 53 minutes on Saturday, I believe.
Q: Have you heard anything about the Saturday practices from anyone over the last three years?
A: Yeah, some guys like it, some guys donít. Thereís a philosophy to it. I believe in it. I think building guys up on Wednesday and Thursday and touching a high load on Thursday is important. Bringing them back down on Friday, recovering them and touching a little bit of speed the day before the game will get you ready to ignite and get the energy and the speed going on Sundays.
Q: So, Saturdays are not a walk through, but maybe three-quarters speed?
A: Itís 80 percent, itís launch day is what we call it. We talk about it when we get together right before the season starts and the philosophy of why we do it.
Q: Is the accusation that if someone is breaking a rule, you would not tell them to their face and fine the player inaccurate?
A: Again, Iím not sure what theyíre referring to. I donít have anything to add to that, other than I have an open door policy. If thereís anything that needs to be discussed, we can discuss it.
Q: It seems like the anonymous quotes were primarily from a defensive player9s). Are you concerned about the defense and will this impact the locker room?
A: Iím not concerned about it. I believe we have talented men of integrity in the locker room. Iíve said it once, Iíve said it a thousand times, I have confidence in the locker room, I believe in those guys. If a player needs help, my doorís open.
(INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT MCADOO RARELY ADDRESSES THE MEDIA ON THURSDAY)