Never let be said Benjamin McAdoo is content with resting on his laurels.
The New York Giants head coach’s rookie season was by all counts a success. Big Blue went from six victories in each of the previous two seasons to 11 in 2016. The Giants made their first postseason appearance in five years off the strength of a defense that allowed the second fewest points in the NFL.
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McAdoo, like most NFL head coaches, is a stickler for detail. He is so obsessed with accounting for every single minute that he compiled lists of things that could be done to make the Giants better.
McAdoo spent last season getting his program in place. In 2017, he wants to improve on what was done in ’16.
“We’re not talking scheme here. We’re not talking about offense, defense, special teams,” he said during the NFL’s owners meeting in Phoenix. “We’re just talking as a program.”
The collective bargaining agreement limits the amount of time players can spend with coaches or be in meeting rooms, on the field, or in pads during the offseason. It is important that structure is in place to make the most out of every single second that coaches and players are together.
This is obviously not lost on McAdoo, He compiled a list of 100 items during last offseason. He declined to get into specifics when talking about the upcoming offseason workouts beginning Apr. 18.
He wants players to be better than they were last year, because how good they were a season ago will not help them put that fifth trophy in the case. McAdoo’s ego is not so large that he doesn’t recognize it begins with him.
“I said before, I’m going to be my biggest critic. I’m always looking for ways to get better, whether it’s from assistants or coordinators giving me feedback,” he said. “Whether it’s from (general manager) Jerry (Reese) or (owners) John (Mara) or Steve (Tisch), it doesn’t matter. I’m always looking to get better. At the end of the day, if I’m not my biggest critic I can’t ask the players to do the same thing.”
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