Ben McAdoo addressed a number of the topics and complaints cited anonymously by players in an ESPN report published Wednesday. Among them:
He fines playerstoo much. “I don’t fine players, players fine themselves,” McAdoo said. “We have rules in place. The standards aren’t going to change. We’re going to hold guys accountable. I don’t fine players, they fine themselves.”
He said the rules are the same as last year.
His Saturday practices are too arduous.
“Some guys like it, some guys don’t,” he said. “There’s a philosophy to it. I believe in it . . . Touching a little bit of speed the day before the game will get you ready to ignite and get the energy and the speed going on Sundays.”
McAdoo said the Giants have had “Launch Days” on Saturdays for the past three years, going back to Tom Coughlin’s final season. “We’re on the field usually 48 to 53 minutes” at 80-percent speed.
He does not relateto the players.
“I’m not sure what they’re referring to,” he said. “I don’t have anything to add to that, other than I have an open-door policy. If there’s anything that needs to be discussed, we can discuss it.”
To some extent, McAdoo even seemed pleased that players have gripes (even if he’d prefer they be discussed with him and not reporters). He’s the boss and it’s his job to make the rules, not for their enjoyment but for the betterment of the team.
“I don’t take things personally in this business,” he said. “If you’ve got a [complaint], I can understand that, because if you don’t, I’m not doing it right.”