New York Giants President & CEO John Mara spoke highly of new head coach Ben McAdoo during today’s introductory press conference.
Mara specifically mentioned that he liked McAdoo’s no nonsense attitude.
“The first thing that came to mind two years ago was that this guy is a teacher and he’s got an edge to him. He’s not afraid to lose his temper out there and bark at guys and I happen to like that. Plenty of times I wanted to bark the last couple of years so there were all those things.”
Tom Coughlin coached with a similar style, so it is fair to say Mara is fond of coaches who aren’t afraid to get in his player’s faces. The transition should be seamless in regards to McAdoo’s coaching methodology.
Mara also spoke to the amount of work that needs to be done in order to upgrade the roster.
“I know what our roster looks like and I know it has to get a heck of a lot better if we’re going to put the fifth trophy in the case.”
The Giants would be wise to begin upgrading the defensive side of the ball, which was ranked dead last in the NFL in total yards allowed. Big Blue should be able to nail down a quality pass rusher with the 10th overall pick in this year’s upcoming draft. The Giants ranked 30th in sacks last season, and getting pressure on the Quarterback was a major issue all season long.
Mara specifically emphasized building the roster through the draft. He said, “One of the things that I liked about Ben was that he realizes that free agency is not the, be all end all. It’s still the Draft and you can fill in some holes in free agency but it’s still about drafting the right way. He has everything I think it takes – intelligence, toughness, work ethic, and I believe he does feel like he has something to prove.”
Mara also expressed remorse as to how the organization handled Odell Beckham Jr.’s behavior and subsequent suspension.
“To me it was unacceptable and stuff like that happens sometimes, look at what happened at the end of the Cincinnati game. I just don’t want our players to conduct themselves like that.”
It is clear that Mara wants to put the past few disappointing years behind and believes that Ben McAdoo is the perfect coach to steer the organization back in the right direction.