New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo did not pull any punches Monday on a conference call with media following the team’s 25-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“A lot of problems that are all correctable and it starts with blocking, tackling, catching the football, kicking and punting, especially in the fourth quarter,” McAdoo said. “At times, we look like we are pressing, other times it looks like we’re hesitant. Really, we were fortunate to be in the ball game yesterday.”
McAdoo doesn’t want the Giants to get “numb” to losing.
“We got to get back out there on the practice field and we got to work through the fundamentals. We can’t get numb,” he said. “We can never get used to this feeling or accept it. We have to get back to work.”
McAdoo the coaching staff will try to simplify assignments.
“We have to go back and simplify,” he said. “Simplify what we are doing schematically and let these guys go out and play and showcase their ability.”
Does McAdoo worry about players’ attitudes at this point?
“It’s fight or flight time,” he said. “The biggest thing that I get concerned about is guys going numb. We can’t go numb. Can never accept this. You got to fight through it. You got to work for that first one. Work for the first win.”
McAdoo said that Olivier Vernon re-aggravated his ankle injury, Weston Richburg is in the concussion protocol, Odell Beckham Jr. is sore and “fighting through a bunch of things,” and Paul Perkins has a rib contusion.