Giants notebook: McAdoo believes in Giants, rips Cowboys

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was fired last season.Photo: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

By Patti Traina, The Sports Xchange
Former head coach Ben McAdoo shares his thoughts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ben McAdoo, the former head coach of the Giants who was fired along with general manager Jerry Reese on Dec. 4, had some interesting observations about his former team.

In an exclusive interview with the New York Post, McAdoo predicted the Giants would win the NFC East, a prediction he supported by taking some swipes at the Cowboys ("I like their offensive line, but how long have we been saying that?"), Eagles ("I think they're gonna have a hard time handling success") and Washington ("Washington is Washington.")

Curiously, McAdoo also took a thinly veiled verbal swipe at his former players. He applauded the team's decision to unload defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's hefty contract via a trade with the Bucs; he agreed that the Giants, in letting offensive linemen Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg leave via free agency, let the right guys go; and he expressed doubt that Ereck Flowers, whom he had consistently defended during his tenure as head coach, would be successful in transitioning to right tackle because "he can't bend."

As if that wasn't enough, McAdoo openly criticized the team's new left tackle and big-ticket free-agent signing, Nate Solder, opining that he didn't think Solder "is a very good player."

So what did McAdoo like? Interestingly, he agreed with the decision by Pat Shurmur, his successor, and general manager Dave Gettleman, to stick with quarterback Eli Manning, a curious opinion given that McAdoo seemed to grow increasingly frustrated with Manning's inability to channel Aaron Rodgers' mobility to extend plays in his offensive system.

He also liked the selection of running back Saquon Barkley, whom McAdoo called "a helluva player" and, in a separate article also appearing in the Post, praised receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard and tight end Evan Engram.

McAdoo, who is also appeared in Peter King's "Football Morning in America" debut column under a section subtitled "What I Learned," declined to discuss with the Post any role he might have played in the Giants' demise last season.

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