Eli Manning is coming to grips with the loss of Tom Coughlin and also looking ahead to his replacement. He seemed to endorse the candidacy — or at least the retaining — of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
“I think we’ve done good things and I feel very comfortable. I think we work well,” Manning said of his two seasons with McAdoo as offensive coordinator while cleaning out his locker on Monday.
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Asked about possibly having to learn a third offensive system in four years, Manning said: “It obviously would not be ideal, but we didn’t get the job done, and so whatever occurs, I’ll handle it.”
Manning was not alone.
“He’s been great,” Odell Beckham Jr. said of McAdoo. “Also a guy who’s taught me a lot of things. Having the experience and just being able to teach and we all have learned and grown to know each other throughout this time. It’s been a lot of fun.”
Beckham said the second year in McAdoo’s system was an improvement.
“I think you get better with time,” he said. “You learn something and you kind of have an idea of it more and you’re able to play faster because you know more. You could see the difference.”
In his weekly spot on WFAN, Manning reiterated his preference to keep the offensive philosophy intact and said he thinks McAdoo, 38, is ready to be a head coach despite only two years as a play-caller.
He even said he sees a little of Coughlin in McAdoo.
“I think there are some similarities between him and coach Coughlin and their passion for football,” Manning said. “He loves it. He loves thinking of concepts and plays, and what’s going to work, and talking about it, and going over scenarios and situations. I think he’s been a coordinator now two years. I think [head coach] is a possibility.”
More importantly, Manning said he is not thinking about his own “finish line” and believes he still has many more productive years of football ahead of him.
They just won’t be with Coughlin. And they might not be with this offense.
”It’ll be a new chapter having a new head coach, but it can still be an exciting one,” he said on the radio. “It’s part of the journey.”