clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Rashad Jennings: Ben McAdoo will be "a great head coach"

New, comments

Jennings chats with Big Blue View about a range of topics

Rashad Jennings carries the ball
Rashad Jennings carries the ball
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

How will New York Giants rookie coach Ben McAdoo transition from running an offense to running an entire team? Running back Rashad Jennings said Thursday that he has no concern about McAdoo's ability to lead.

"His ability to command a room is superior. His ability to lead, articulate and motivate are a combination that proves he's going to be a great head coach," Jennings said.

"Anytime anybody's the first of anything they have their own struggles, but I don't see anything from McAdoo being a struggle of demanding, leading and making sure that we're going to be in a position to win every single week."

Jennings said that McAdoo is a "first in, last out kind of guy" and that his work ethic "demands respect from everybody."

The veteran running back believes the Giants are "close" to being a winner again despite 6-10 seasons in each of the past two years.

"The facts say that, we know that and the fact that we're not blowing up the team by bringing in somebody from outside [says that]," said Jennings.

Jennings is coming off the best season of his career, having gained a career-high 863 yards in 2015 at the age of 30. At a time when conventional wisdom says running backs at or near 30 should be slowing down, the past three seasons have been the most productive of Jennings' career.

"My whole entire life I've seemed to defeat all odds. Age is not a concern of mine because of the way I train," Jennings said. "I've been able to allow my body to catch up with my mind and mature. We continue to mature as athletes, but our body won't respond. I've been able to find a sweet spot where they can match. I'm just getting into the prime of my career, so I'm excited."

With Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos looming, I asked Jennings for his pick. He is going with the Panthers, which means we would get to see a whole more of Carolina celebrating  -- something that rubs some people the wrong way. Jennings isn't one of those who is bothered by the Panthers enjoying their success.

"I'm completely fine with it. Shoot, I watch, I can't wait to see what's gonna happen. I think it's fun. You're supposed to have fun out there. Would you expect somebody not to? You're doing what roughly 1,600 people can do annually and it's something you fought for for a very long time," Jennings said.

"What you're ultimately trying to do is score a touchdown or get a turnover or make those big plays. If you don't have some type of expression I'm questioning why you're not excited. ... I enjoy seeing people's emotions on the field."


Jennings was made available for an interview as part of a Super Bowl 50 promotion for Verizon. To find out how you can win NFL merchandise signed by Jennings follow @Verizon on Twitter or visit