New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo is fond of saying the game is about the ball, which he always calls “The Duke.” Well, McAdoo wasn’t at all pleased about the Giants’ cavalier treatment of the ball in Friday’s preseason-opening 27-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
“It was a sloppy performance. Anytime you have six balls on the ground and two INT’s, it was not what we were looking for,” McAdoo said. “We had six balls on the ground and two turnovers. (via interception) I’m not pleased about any of that.”
Quarterback Ryan Nassib threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Rookie running back Paul Perkins dropped handoff from Logan Thomas. Bobby Rainey fumbled a punt and muffed a kickoff. There was also a botched center-quarterback exchange.
Here are some of the other takeaways from McAdoo’s post-game remarks.
“I think overall, as an offense, Ryan was right in line with everybody else tonight ... he was playing a little better with the first offensive line in there, then we started getting a little bit of pressure. Some throws were coming up short. Again, we need to go back and look at the tape and evaluate it from there.”
On the first-team defense
“I thought the first team defense took a solid step tonight, coming out and playing with each other for the first time … encouraging.”
On Owa Odighizuwa
“It was good to see him get some nice rushes in there. We’ll have to look at a couple of plays in the run game. He was active, and Owa’s a guy … he just has to let it rip. He’s a talented young man, he’s a good looking sucker, and he just has to go out there and let it rip and play fast and play aggressive.”
On not playing Odell Beckham
“He came out, we had intentions of playing him in a handful of plays. We got back in, we had the delay and I decided not to play him.”