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Eli Manning’s impact on Giants coach’s hiring ‘overblown’

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10)

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo look on after the New England Patriots score a game-winning field goal with one second left in an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, November 15, 2015.By Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Eli Manning gets to stay in the offense he has run for the past two seasons, but that’s not why Ben McAdoo is the head coach of the Giants.

“I think that’s been overblown, to tell you the truth,” John Mara said on Friday regarding the assumption that the team was hesitant to ask its 35-year-old franchise quarterback to learn a third system in four seasons. “I did talk to Eli right after the last press conference we had, and I talked to him about some of the candidates, and he obviously liked Ben. But he liked some of the other guys, too. I was aware of that, but that was not the factor that a lot of you make it out to be.”

Manning certainly voiced his opinion that he wanted McAdoo to stay in the days after Tom Coughlin resigned.

“I’m appreciative of the endorsement,” McAdoo said.

He’s also appreciative of the quarterback. Manning was one of several players McAdoo named in his thank-yous at the top of his news conference.

“Any time you have an opportunity to work at a great organization like the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers and work with great players like Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers and sit in the same room as Brett Favre, it’s an opportunity to learn and grow, and you really see what it’s supposed to look like and feel what it’s supposed to feel like,” McAdoo said. “When you have your chance, when you have your opportunity, you need to jump in with both feet and make it happen.”

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