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What Kind of Coach is Ben McAdoo?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from the movie, “The Breakfast Club.”  “You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain and an athlete and a basket case and a princess and a criminal.  Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club.”  I believe that is what vexes people when it comes to coach Ben McAdoo.  He doesn’t fit the most convenient definition.

It would be comforting to many if Ben McAdoo fit one of the usual definitions for a head coach.   The brilliant Xs and Os coaches like Bill Belichick, the player-friendly coach like Buddy Ryan, the Disciplinarian like Tom Coughlin or a great motivator like Bill Parcells.  When you try to apply one of these usual categories to Ben McAdoo, they don’t seem to fit any more than the suit he wore for his initial press conference.

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How Drafting DT Dalvin Tomlison in Round Two Was a No-Brainer

It’s funny how the Giants draft, in the mind of many well-informed fans and pundits, hinged on the second round pick of 3 tech defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlison, who was picked to replace the departed Johnathan Hankins.  The reason many fans and pundits feel that way is they felt the biggest need for the Giants was a starting caliber offensive lineman, preferably a tackle, to bolster what was a less than ideal offensive line last season.  So when the Giants drafted Tomlison at pick 55, that meant they passed on the last two offensive tackle prospects with year one starter potential in Dion Dawkins and Taylor Moton.  Beyond those two picks what remained was projects and maybe a possible starting guard prospect. 

The reasoned approach by these fans and pundits was that they could draft a starting offensive lineman in round 2 and then come back and draft the defensive tackle in round 3 or maybe even later.  There would have been considerable praise had the Giants drafted OT/OG Dion Dawkins in round 2 and came back in round 3 and drafted Hankins replacement.  Shaun O’Hara, who infamously railed against this year’s Giants draft, certainly would have been a happier camper.  Dawkins could have added some potential competition to Ereck Flowers and as a fall back offer a nice upgrade to John Jerry who’s pass blocking was adequate but who was a liability in his run blocking, which is pretty important for the right guard position.

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Two weeks until the Draft. Are the Giants Ready?

I have always observed that the Giants make every effort to eliminate the "need" picks leading up to the draft. Put in its simplest terms, the Giants fill all the holes and acquire the necessary players such that if the draft were somehow cancelled, they could field a team for the season.

Needs after the 2016 season
After the 2016 Season
 - DE could be an immediate need if JPP went elsewhere in free agency
 - DT Hankins is a free agent and figures to get an offer that is more than what the Giants would want to match
 - WR position has depth on top of depth, with 4 veteran starters, and two other s who saw significant playing time
 - Additions at the OT position appeared to be necessary, even if Bowie returned from injury. There wasn't enough depth and all positions could be upgraded
 - Starters at CB were in place but backups were allowed to roll the dice in free agency
 - The only TEs on the roster were Matt LaCosse and Jerrell Adams, both returning from injury
 - Will Johnson is at Fullback, but it was unclear if one was needed or desired
 - Vereen, Jennings, and Perkins still in place with Darkwa a Free Agent. All set there if everyone returns
 - Jerry was a Free Agent, and Pugh was entering his final year of his deal but adding depth there was an option
 - C looked okay with Richburg and Jones as a backup
 - Eli was the QB but there were no backups signed
 - LBs looked set, but there were some guys whose play far underperformed their pay, and the one guy that exceeded his (Keenan Robinson) was a free agent
 - Safety, could the Giants actually be loaded at safety? Collins starts and Andrew Adams will probably enter camp as the other starter. The Thompson Twins return from IR, and Ryan Murphy and Nat Berhe are still on the roster
 - Gould would need to be re-signed at Kicker
 - Brad Wing seemed certain to be the Punter in 2017

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I think it has to do with the sloppiness and fatigue of the players and the greater increase of injury. I kind of like it as teams will be more aggressive and take more chances than settling.
hmm...kind of hedging a bit...On one hand, he's saying that Eli is in a decline...on the other he says "...but if he improves on a down 2016 season, the Giants not only easily make the playoffs in 2017, but they’re also a legit Super Bowl contender."R...
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