INDIANAPOLIS — Ben McAdoo isn’t saying who will call the offensive plays for the Giants. His mentor from Green Bay is not surprised.
“Knowing Ben, he probably doesn’t want to tell you about it until the last second,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday. “That’s part of his nature.”
Indeed, McAdoo was in full cloak-and-dagger mode when asked about the topic on Wednesday.
“We may give everyone a call sheet on opening day,” he half-joked, suggesting it as a way to prevent opponents from leaning on tendencies or other trends that he or offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan — or anyone else — may have.
“We’ll take a look at a couple different scenarios moving forward,” McAdoo said. “But like I said in the past, that’s a schematic advantage so I’m not going to talk about that . . . That’s something that we’re going to work through that process and whatever we feel is best for the Giants, that’s what we’re going to do.”
McAdoo called the plays for two years as the Giants’ offensive coordinator before his promotion to coach this offseason.
McCarthy has traditionally called the plays while being coach of the Packers. He relinquished that role to associate head coach Tom Clements at the start of the 2015 season, but took it back when the Packers struggled.
“Play-calling is an important decision and I think Ben will definitely make the right decision,” McCarthy said. “He and I specifically haven’t talked about it. It’s an important decision, the way you structure your staff, all of those things are important.”
McAdoo’s roots in Green Bay run deep. He was a tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach there before coming to the Giants, groomed under McCarthy since he famously drove to the Combine in Indianapolis uninvited to meet with his mentor.
McCarthy isn’t the only Packers bigwig who was asked about McAdoo at this year’s Combine.
“Very good, especially with the offensive line, which he was very devoted to when he was there in Green Bay,” Packers GM Ted Thompson said on Thursday. “He worked well with the quarterbacks. Good guy, good coach.”
Thompson noted that McAdoo, having come from a small town in Western Pennsylvania and coached at Green Bay, could be in for a shock in New York . . . even though he has already coached for the Giants for two seasons.
“That’s not the easiest environment, probably in New York, but I’m from a little town in Texas so I wouldn’t know,” Thompson said. “You never know how that’s going to work, but you would think he’ll be good at it.”
“I think it’s important as a coach to ask the question each and every year: How do you improve? How can you become two or three plays better?” he said. “Ben will do a great job in New York.”