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New York Giants news, 3/29: McAdoo changes tune on boat trip

“We need to be focused on our football”

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said on Tuesday that players “need to say, 'No,' to some of the things out there.” That, obviously, can be taken as a shot across the bow of the Miami boat trip taken by Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and other Giants wide receivers before last season’s playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

"When we're not in the building we need to do a better job of saying, 'No,' to some other things and making sure everything we're doing is aligned with our goal,' McAdoo said. "Now, I'm not saying we can't be human beings. That's a part of things, I guess. But we need to be focused on our football. When we leave the building, we need to say, 'No,' to some of the things out there, some of the things that don't align to what we're looking to do: Put the (Lombardi) trophy in the case."

McAdoo did not directly address the boat trip, saying of his comment that "You can interpret what I say any way you want.”

Valentine’s View: This was a far different response than McAdoo gave when first asked about the trip. At the time, he said “Today is the players off day. We look forward to getting on to Green Bay when they get here tomorrow.”

Perhaps what McAdoo said Tuesday is what he really felt at the time, but chose not to say because the team had a playoff game to prepare for. Perhaps, though, it is also a sign of a man who is no longer a rookie head coach and is growing more comfortable in his job.

No matter the reason for the change, I thought McAdoo’s remark was a positive development.

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