McAdoo Stands By Eli Benching, Thinks Giants Will Win NFC East

Ben McAdoo has high expectations for his former team

Ferrall On The Bench
July 16, 2018 - 8:30 pm

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New York Post Giants beat writer Paul Schwartz dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss his recent interview with former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo, among other topics.

McAdoo went 13-15 with the Giants, including 2-10 last season. He was harshly criticized for ending Eli Manning’s streak of 210 consecutive starts for Geno Smith.

“He felt they had to look at other quarterbacks,” Schwartz said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He felt they needed a bridge from Eli Manning to Davis Webb – and that bridge was Geno Smith for a game or two. I don’t necessarily agree with that, but he was pretty steadfast and thought that was the case. I think he left feeling he did the right thing.”

McAdoo coached much of last season without Odell Beckham Jr., who was limited to four games with a broken ankle.

“He loved Odell,” Schwartz said of McAdoo. “He thinks he’s a great player. He thinks the Giants should definitely re-sign him. What he said to me was, ‘Try scoring points without him.’ As we saw last year without him, the Giants really struggled to score points. I think he felt like maybe he could have been – not a tougher coach to Odell, but gone beyond the X’s and O’s with Odell and maybe been a little more supportive and maybe forceful with him as an authoritative figure. But he’s very high on Odell. He and Odell had no problems.”

Interestingly, McAdoo believes the Giants will win the NFC East this season – something they haven’t done since 2011.

“So much for him feeling bitter about being fired,” Schwartz said. “He agreed with them not taking a quarterback with the second pick in the draft. He said he evaluated the quarterbacks and didn’t love any of them. So he felt that drafting Barkley was a really good move.”

Many Giants fans, however, did not. They would have preferred a quarterback at No. 2. 

Schwartz, though, believes the Giants did the right thing.

“He’s a weapon,” he said of Barkley. “He’s not a running back. He’s a weapon. The Giants took him at No. 2. A lot of people say, ‘Why do you take a running back at No. 2? You could get great players in the second or third round.’ Sure, you can, but if you can get one with the second pick, you should take him.”

At Penn State, Barkley became one of the best players in America. He was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.

“The guy is not just a running back,” Schwartz said. “He’s a pass-catcher. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s second on the team in pass receptions. The Giants have not had a great screen name. He’ll be a great screen-game guy. Basically, you can put him in the backfield, you can slot him out wide, you can put him in the slot, you can put him in motion – you can get him the ball in a variety of ways. I would think with someone as creative as Pat Shurmur, they’re going to do all that stuff.”

Still, can the Giants go from worst to first in one of the more competitive divisions in football?

“They won three games last year, so they got a lot on their plate to do that,” Schwartz said. “(McAdoo) thinks the Eagles are going to have a hard time handling success. Well, that certainly remains to be seen. But the Eagles came off a great run to the Super Bowl – they won their first Super Bowl in franchise history – and I think the big storyline in Philadelphia is how do they handle success?"