Tom Coughlin gives Ben McAdoo room to run the in-game show

From left, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and From left, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo look on during a preseason game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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Tom Coughlin said he won't bug Ben McAdoo much during games . . . unless he has to.

The head coach of the Giants said he will mostly allow the new offensive coordinator and first-time play-caller to run the show during games.

"I've been a play-caller," Coughlin said. "I'll be honest with you, I never liked anyone interrupting me. Between series is the best time to visit and to talk about that . . . If I need to say something, I will. Let's put it that way."

So far Coughlin said he likes what he's seen (and heard) from McAdoo and the way he delivers the plays.

"Ben McAdoo is a solid, solid football coach that knows what he's talking about," he said. "Has an excellent system, applies himself every day, very smart. We are doing OK there."

He also noted that McAdoo calls the plays off a much larger placard than was used by predecessor Kevin Gilbride. The Giants call that big sheet with all the available plays on it "the menu."

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"It looks like he needs help carrying it around," Coughlin joked. "If it were me, I would have a sheet of paper in my back pocket, but this guy . . . Any circumstance or situation that we have discussed or practiced or whatever, he is prepared."

Coughlin said McAdoo prefers the larger menu, and not because it contains more plays or options. It's because of the overall size of the actual paper.

"He likes a big handy card because that is what he's used to, that is what coach [Mike] McCarthy used in Green Bay," Coughlin said. "If he is more comfortable with that, then so be it."

One Giants process that McAdoo has adopted is the process of creating the game plan. This is his first as the Giants prepare for the Lions in the season opener Monday night.

"The process is the same process that we have followed for years," Coughlin said. "Everyone plugs themselves into the schedule, to the way the New York Giants prepare. When, where, how and so forth."

Coughlin said he is not involved in that process any more than usual, either.

"If he needs any help," he said, "I'm there."

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