After the New York Giants won their fifth straight game on Sunday, defeating the Chicago Bears, 22-16, coach Ben McAdoo didn’t want to think big picture, saying only that “it was good to get the win today.”
McAdoo continued on Monday to downplay the significance of the Giants being 7-3 or having won five straight games.
“We haven’t accomplished anything yet,” McAdoo said on Monday. “Seven wins doesn't get you very far. We need to keep stacking successes."
Seven wins, of course, is more than the Giants had in 2014 or 2015, both of which were 6-10 seasons. The team’s 7-3 start is its best since going 9-1 to open the 2008 season.
More notes from McAdoo’s Monday after conference call.
- The Giants will assess injured offensive linemen Brett Jones (calf) and Justin Pugh (knee) on Wednesday to see if either is close to returning. McAdoo said it was “too early to tell” in regards to Pugh.
- McAdoo said he thought the offense was “pressing” and that there were “too many technique errors” in the second half. “We need to do what we are supposed to do, when we are supposed to do it, as well as we possibly can, all the time. We have to be on the same page,” he said.
- The coach said he needs to see better decision making from Dwayne Harris on kickoff returns.
- Pressed about conservative fourth-quarter play-calling McAdoo, the play-caller, said he was “fine” with how the game had been called. “I thought we were running the ball physically. I thought we had some opportunities to convert and complete the ball. I am fine with the way the game was called,” he said.
- McAdoo was already looking forward to the trip to Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. “It's an exciting week for our guys. Haven't been on the road in a little while, so anytime you get a chance to get on the road and bond and spend some time together, some quality time together that way, your team has a chance to grow and get closer,” he said.
- McAdoo was asked if Landon Collins is playing at an All-Pro level. “I think he's playing at a high level,” McAdoo said. “I don't get a chance to watch everybody in the league, so I don't have an opinion on whether he's playing at an all-pro level. But I know he's playing at a high level for us. He's still learning, he's still growing, he's still a young player and he's preparing well and he's very productive.”