Former Giants coach McAdoo takes shots at ex-foes, players

Speaking publicly for the first time Thursday since he was fired last December, former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo still sounded very much like a fan of the club. However, between his criticisms of NFC East rivals and praise for the Giants' new regime, he took a couple shots at some of his old players, as well.

According to a report by the New York Post's Paul Schwartz, McAdoo likes New York's offseason so much, he has some serious aspirations for the club.

"I think they're gonna win the division," said McAdoo, who just turned 41 and is spending this offseason in Florida, out of football. "I think Philly, how much success has Philly had? I think they're gonna have a hard time handling success.

"Dallas, I like their offensive line, but how long have we been saying that? Their defense, they got a bunch of young guys playing DB, Sean Lee is banged up a lot, and their D-line, they got a bunch of guys getting in trouble all the time. And Washington is Washington, right?"

McAdoo said of the Giants' offseason decisions, "I think they've made a lot of the moves I wanted to make," he said.

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SAN FRANCISCO - 2005: Ben McAdoo of the San Francisco 49ers poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 30: Assistant offensive line coach Ben McAdoo meets with center Jeremy Newberry #62 of the San Francisco 49ers in the locker room at halftime during the NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Monster Park on October 30, 2005 in San Francisco, California. The Niners defeated the Buccaneers 15-10. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - 2006: Ben McAdoo of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - 2007: Ben McAdoo of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - 2008: Ben McAdoo of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - 2009: Ben McAdoo of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by NFL Photos)
GREEN BAY, WI - CIRCA 2010: In this photo provided by the NFL, Ben McAdoo of the Green Bay Packers poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
11 AUG 2014: New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo during Giants Training Camp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
16 AUGUST 2014: New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo in action during week two of the NFL preseason game between the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by MSA/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 28: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants goes over a play with Eli Manning #10 during a game against the New England Patriots on August 28, 2014 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Patriots 16-13. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants talks with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo during a game against the Carolina Panthers on December 20, 2015 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27: Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants walks off the field following a preseason game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on August 27, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Jets 21-20. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants looks on as they play against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The New York Giants won 16-13. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants and Dwayne Harris #17 celebrate after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles on November 6, 2016 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Eagles 28-23. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo when the New York Giants cleaned out their lockers after their season-ending loss to Green Bay Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Robert Sabo/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 29: New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks with New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) during 2017 New York Giants training camp on July 29, 2017, at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants looks on prior to a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on August 21, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 1: Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants takes notes on the sidelines during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 1, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 1: Head Coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants addresses the media in his post game press conference after the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccanners defeated the Giants 25 to 23. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants walks off the field after a game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Seahawks defeated the Giants 24-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 03: Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants looks during their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 3, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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That included both free agency (he thinks they overpaid for new left tackle Nate Solder, but understands why they did it) and the draft -- particularly taking running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2 rather than a quarterback.

"With the (quarterbacks) that came out this year, I'm not surprised they went the route they went by not drafting a (quarterback)," McAdoo said. "I wouldn't have stood on the table to draft any quarterback No. 2 either."

As for Barkley? "I know this: If you can just turn around and hand the ball to a player and he's a helluva player and he's a threat to take it to the house each time, that really helps."

But McAdoo didn't pull all of his punches when it came to some of his former players. In justifying the Solder pickup, in particular, McAdoo mentioned two guys he coached in New York.

"It was good they could get rid of (defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's) salary. I guess you kind of just flipped JPP for Solder, and I think that's a good move, really."

As for Ereck Flowers, who will move from left tackle to right tackle to make room for Solder? Let's just say McAdoo doesn't think the side Flowers plays on is the issue.

"He can't bend, you got to be able to bend," McAdoo said. "You can run around him on that side just like you can on the other side, Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It's not the blind side, it's in his vision, so if he's comfortable with what's going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better."

After leading the Giants to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season as a head coach in 2016, McAdoo was fired, along with general manager Jerry Reese, with four games remaining and the Giants sporting a 2-10 record in 2017.

The Giants hired Dave Gettleman to be their new GM just before the end of last season and he hired Pat Shurmur to be their new head coach this offseason.

--Field Level Media

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