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Ben McAdoo: “I always want to be honest with myself”

Coach looking for ways, big and small, to get better in 2017

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Can Ben McAdoo be a better head in 2017 than he was as a rookie in that job in 2016? He certainly hopes so.

“I’m my biggest critic. When I look in the mirror I always want to be honest with myself. I have the assistants evaluate me, I have the coordinators evaluate me and I ask the players on the exit interviews how I can get better,” McAdoo said during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Tom Pelissero.

“We have a list right now of 100 things we can do a little bit better just in the offseason program. We’re going to start to put those into motion coming up here on the 18th of April.”

That, of course, is when the Giants begin their offseason program.

McAdoo’s rookie season certainly has to be deemed a success. The Giants did not put their fifth Super Bowl trophy in the case, but they did win 11 regular-season games and reach the playoffs for the first time in five years.

The coach is looking for ways, even the smallest of them, to get better.

“If you can find a way to get one percent better, if you can find a way to get a little bit better that adds up,” he said.

McAdoo was also asked about two of the biggest moves the Giants have made this offseason, signing wide receiver Brandon Marshall and keeping defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

On Marshall ...

“Hopefully it opens things up a little bit more in the middle. Hopefully the tilt to 13 [Odell Beckham Jr.] is a little bit less than it has been in the past. Any time you add a big, talented play-maker on offense it’ll help you.”

“We didn’t sign Brandon for that (mentoring Odell). We signed him to be a football player. He’s got a clean slate with us.”

On Pierre-Paul ...

“I think it gives you players on the outside at the end positions that really can disrupt the quarterback in the passing game. We have some corners that can cover, we have some ends that can rush. Having a guy like JPP that can make impact plays is a big part of things for us.”

“You saw him grow, you saw him gain confidence in his hand and how he could play with it.”