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Ex-Giants coach McAdoo: Nate Solder not 'a very good player'

Ex-Giants coach McAdoo: Nate Solder not 'a very good player'

Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo may not be donning the headset and his abnormally large clipboard anymore, but that didn’t stop him from commenting on the team’s new left tackle.

McAdoo, who was fired after a 2-10 start in the 2017 season, addressed a number of topics in an interview with The New York Post, including Nate Solder, who’s free-agent pact with the Giants made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league

“I don’t think he’s a very good player,” McAdoo said. “But I think it will help them in a lot of ways where they needed help in that room in the past and they haven’t had anyone to do that.”

While Solder’s high price tag certainly carries some risk, he is undoubtedly an upgrade to an offensive line that Pro Football Focus ranked as the 7th worst in the league in 2017.

Solder, New England’s first-round pick in 2011, played seven seasons with the Patriots before signing with New York and protected Tom Brady’s blindside in three Super Bowls.

Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Tom Brady explains why GOAT label makes Patriots QB "uncomfortable"

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is considered the GOAT, aka the "greatest of all time", throughout New England, and with good reason.

After all, the veteran quarterback is the only five-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP among quarterbacks. There's also a good chance he could add more titles and MVPs to his resume before his career ends. 

While Patriots fans, members of the media and others have no issue calling Brady the GOAT, the man himself is much less enthusiastic about it.

"I don't really like it, truthfully," Brady said in an interview with Scott Zolak on the latest episode of "Patriots All Access."

Zolak then told Brady he seems "uncomfortable" with the GOAT label, and the 40-year-old QB agreed.

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"Well, I am," Brady responded. "I don't see myself in that way. That's not a value I've ever put on me playing. I play for the enjoyment of the game. I play for the comraderie with my teammates, and I play to win. I don't play to be called a certain thing or compared to this guy. I had heroes when I grew up. There's a lot of great quarterbacks. There was when I grew up, there are now. The fact that I'm still playing, I love being that. I don't need people to tell me that 'man, you're such and such, or you're better than this.'

"There's a lot of great players. That's how I see other players, too. There's a lot of things that guys can do that I can't do. And there's some things I can do that other guys can't do, too. But that's part of my skill set. There's so many different things involved with being a great player. I think the greatest asset I have is a great organization. Great ownership. Great coaches. And great teammates I've had since I came into the league."

Brady, like Michael Jordan, has a never-ending motivation to be the best. Even though they've won so many championships, there's always something that can be used to fuel future success.

It's understandable Brady doesn't like being called the GOAT, especially with his career still ongoing. But when you compare the list of accomplishments between the NFL's greatest players, it's hard to put anyone above the Patriots quarterback.

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