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.
Here's one former New England player who has no problem with the Patriot Way.
"I never had an issue with [the intense atmosphere in Foxboro]," Nate Solder, who signed this offseason with the New York Giants, told nj.com. "I feel like you should always push people to be the best that they can, and the fun comes in the level at which you're playing.
"I mean, it's not fun to lose games. It's not fun to play bad football. The fun is playing well."
Criticism of the Patriots began when the Eagles' Lane Johnson -- who, of course, has never played for New England -- carped at the Pats' way of doing businesss before, immediately after and well after the Super Bowl. It intensified when ex-Pat Cassius Marsh starting sniping at them from his new home in San Francisco (though, apparently, he wouldn't have minded so much if he'd played more).
But you won't hear anything like that out of Solder.
"They have high standards in what they demand out of people," he said. "I never had any issues with the way they pushed us and the standards they had for us at all."
The agent for Baker Mayfield says if the quarterback hadn't been chosen No. 1 by the Browns, the Patriots were interested in trading up to No. 2 to draft him.
Speaking on a podcast with Andrew Brandt, the former NFL executive who writes for Sports Illustrated's MMQB and The Athletic, Mayfield's agent Jack Mills said the Patriots would have selected Mayfield had they pulled off the trade with the Giants for the No. 2 pick. The Patriots discussion is 28 minutes into the podcast.
According to NBCSportsBoston's Mike Giardi, Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was enamored with Mayfield, the closest thing to Jimmy Garoppolo in this draft, according to a team source.
The Patriots did meet with Mayfield a week before the draft, but, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer, they had sought a meeting earlier in the draft before New England had acquired the No. 23 pick.
It's unclear what the Giants, who chose Penn State running back Saquan Barkley at No. 2, would have demanded from the Patriots (more than two firsts and two seconds?), but the trade would have shaken up the draft board, the NFL and more than likely, New England's incumbent QB who Monday said "I take the fifth" when asked if he was appreciated by his coach and team.
The Patriots did draft a quarterback 217 picks after No. 2 when they selected LSU's Danny Etling in the seventh round.