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Ben McAdoo: "We need to flush this last game"

Giants' offensive coordinator addresses end of Dallas game, looks ahead to Falcons.

Ben McAdoo
Ben McAdoo
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New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo wasted no time during his weekly meeting with the media on Thursday in addressing what happened Sunday night at the end of the game against the Dallas Cowboys. He brought it up in a long-winded opening statement before reporters could even ask him about it.

"I was raised an aggressive play caller and I think everyone realizes that from last year and the beginning of this year and that's something I take a lot of pride in. I understood the situation in the last -- the third-and-1 call, I guess -- the last play call of the game. Did understand the situation. We were running the ball well and run blocking was running the ball well, Rashad was running it well, so that was definitely a possibility to run the football there. I decided to be aggressive and go for the fake and try to get the one-on-one with the tight end. The thing I failed to do was mention to Eli that if it wasn't open to eat the football and that's something I take responsibility with and I take ownership of," McAdoo said. "At the same point and time, you know we need to move on. We need to flush this last game. It's best for the players, it's best for the organization and it's best for the fans to move forward. We need to focus on Atlanta, they're a good football team coming in here. Really we need to focus on scoring points in the green zone because we were one for four and that is not good enough. So with that, we're going to move on and we're going to go on to Atlanta."

Here are some other takeaways from McAdoo's remarks.

On the idea that the offense, in Week 1 and the preseason, has not lived up to expectations ...

"We moved the ball. We were 9-for-10 in the series with a first down and it seems each time we feel like we're going to take off, something holds us back. We just need to eliminate that and we need to execute at a higher level and avoid the mistakes. We had some chances when we got to the green zone to advance the ball and put points up on the board and we failed to do that. ... We had some opportunities; we've got to accept and test the bounds that we didn't catch that we needed to catch. We had some accuracy things that we can improve on. In the run game, we kind of got better as the game went on but we need to start that, we need to start running the ball well. We don't have to warmup in a game. We need to start with our hair on fire and be productive from the beginning."

On getting the ball to Odell Beckham, who had five catches for only 44 yards against the Cowboys ...

"It's not going to be easy to get Odell the ball. He's a guy that can change the game in a blink of an eye; teams have a plan for him. So we need to do a good job of playing the shell game with him, so to speak. We can't force the ball to him. If they're going to double him, we need to take the one-on-ones and we can't be stubborn about that. There'll be some time to take a shot or two with him but we do need to be smart with it, we need to protect the football and do what's best for the team that way. ... We have a variety of ways we can get him the ball. We'll see how it goes."

On expectations for Preston Parker, who had three critical drops Sunday night ...

"Preston, he had a tough day. We count on him bouncing back. He's a tough guy, he's a fighter, he's a competitor and he's a pro. ... I think Preston has some grit. He'll go in there and put his face on people if he has to, he's got his teammates' backs, he plays at a good speed. We just need a little more productivity out of him this week and we trust that he'll bring it."

On whether he learned anything about Eli Manning this week ...

"Yeah, he's a pretty steady guy. Pretty steady guy, he has great leadership skills. He did a nice job of handling this barrage of criticism this week, which I don't feel is just, but with that position a lot of times when you win, you get maybe a little too much credit, when you lose, you maybe get a little too much blame. Unfortunately that is how it went this week."