Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Heat's on Mcadoo, but He's Not Sweating

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Heat's on Mcadoo, but He's Not Sweating

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- Ben McAdoo has been all business for the nearly eight months he has been on the job as offensive coordinator of the Giants.

One offensive player described McAdoo this summer as "militant and meticulous," demanding perfection and hammering away at the execution of fundamentals within a system that is supposed to have fixed much of what was wrong with the Giants as they prepare to play their regular-season opener in Detroit.

To that end, McAdoo met with reporters for five minutes after practice Friday, answering every question politely yet without much elaboration. There is the matter of getting ready for a game, of course, and more time spent with the media is less time spent on progress.

The final question was a simple one: Does he expect to script the first couple of plays he will call Monday night, which is common in the NFL?

While nodding yes, McAdoo deadpanned: "No" - and his response elicited laughter.

So now that McAdoo has displayed some personality while still keeping things a mystery, the Giants are hoping what comes next is the drastic increase in offensive production for which he was brought to North Jersey.

McAdoo, 37, promises he embraced the pressure this job brings when he took it in January. The scrutiny has only intensified with the growing pains exhibited by Manning & Co. on the practice field and in the team's five exhibitions.

"Preseason is more about evaluation," McAdoo said. "Sure you'd like to go out and be more productive. We realize that we weren't as productive as we wanted to be with our first group. But we're not looking in the rearview mirror now. We're looking forward. Taking care of today, preparing for tomorrow."

The Giants' starting offense with Eli Manning at the helm left plenty to be desired after five preseason games. In 19 possessions, the first team scored just three touchdowns in August - a pair of runs by Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams and a pass from Manning to Rueben Randle - with eight three-and-outs. …

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