Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo thinks Eagles are 'gonna have a hard time handling success'

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Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo thinks Eagles are 'gonna have a hard time handling success'

A former coach who had trouble finding success of his own thinks the Eagles are going to have trouble dealing with theirs. 

Fired Giants coach and part-time Pringles can model Ben McAdoo spoke with the New York Post on Thursday morning and said he thinks the Giants are going to win the NFC East in 2018 … in part because the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 


I think Philly, how much success has Philly had? I think they’re gonna have a hard time handling success,” McAdoo said. “Dallas, I like their offensive line, but how long have we been saying that? Their defense, they got a bunch of young guys playing DB, Sean Lee is banged up a lot, and their D-line, they got a bunch of guys getting in trouble all the time. And Washington is Washington, right?

So in McAdoo’s mind, the Giants are going to turn around from a 3-13 season and win the division. I guess it’s possible, but wouldn’t that be pretty damning for McAdoo if he coached that terrible team and the next year it gets a new coach and wins the division? Hmm. 

You’ll remember, McAdoo was a hot name for the Eagles before they hired Doug Pederson in 2016. In fact, many think McAdoo would have been the Eagles’ preference at the time. The Eagles dodged that bullet. Because after an 11-5 season in his first year, the Giants spiraled in 2017, going 3-13. But McAdoo didn’t even see the end of the season, getting fired in early December after a 2-10 start. 

The 41-year-old former coach didn’t save his opinions for the other teams in the NFC East. He attacked his former team as well. Even though McAdoo seemed to like most of the Giants’ moves this offseason, he got some jabs in. 

The Giants paid Nate Solder a ton of money to be their left tackle. McAdoo thinks it’ll help but also said he doesn’t thing Solder is “a very good player.” 

And then he also ripped the guy Solder will replace, former first-round draft pick Ereck Flowers. 

“He can’t bend, you got to be able to bend,” McAdoo said. “You can run around him on that side just like you can on the other side, Eli (Manning) just gets to see it, which may help Eli.”

McAdoo is not on a coaching staff for the 2018 season. If he doesn’t coach, it’ll be the first NFL season he’ll miss since 2003, when he was a graduate assistant at Pittsburgh. He’s been on an NFL coaching staff every year since. 

But after his dismal performance in 2017 and now these comments, there might not be a bunch of teams lining up. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: How concerning is Carson Wentz's injury history?

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Eagle Eye Podcast: How concerning is Carson Wentz's injury history?

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Derrick Gunn and Barrett Brooks react to Carson Wentz's back injury. Is it unfair to call him injury-prone? Any long-term concern with his injury history?

Is this a sign that the Eagles are punting on this disappointing season? Also, a look at how this will impact the Rams game.

1:00 - Does Carson's back injury explain some of his inconsistency?
4:00 - Is it true that he's regressed?
8:00 - Timing of this injury news is suspicious.
13:00 - Should fans be down on Carson Wentz?

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Eagles injury report: Avonte Maddox finally returns to practice

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Eagles injury report: Avonte Maddox finally returns to practice

Updated: 3:47 p.m.

The biggest injury news of the day is obviously the absence of Carson Wentz from practice because of back soreness and the subsequent report from NFL Network that his 2018 season might be over (see story)

So Wentz wasn’t at practice Wednesday afternoon and Nick Foles was preparing to take first-team reps. 

While that was obviously the biggest news of the day, there are some other bits of injury news that we can’t leave out completely: 

• Avonte Maddox (knee, ankle) returned to practice today for the first time since getting hurt in the Saints game on Nov. 18. He was a limited participant, but it’s a good sign he’s back anyway. Doug Pederson said Maddox is day to day. 

“See where he is again after today and tomorrow with a couple of workouts,” Pederson said. 

• There were some key players missing from practice: Jordan Hicks (calf), Tim Jernigan (back), Isaac Seumalo (pec) and Sidney Jones (hamstring). Pederson said most of those guys are day-to-day. 

If Seumalo can’t play this week, Stefen Wisniewski would take over at left guard. 

• Also missing from practice were Lane Johnson (personal reasons) and Michael Bennett (foot). Bennett has been dealing and playing through this foot injury for a few weeks now. 

• Corey Clement was put on the IR on Tuesday with a knee injury and while Pederson wouldn’t specifically say what the injury was, he said it’s possible Clement might not be ready for spring workouts. 

“Again, without getting a full doctor's report on the long-term effects, I think it will probably hinder the start of OTAs probably in April,” Pederson said. “Again, we'll see when we evaluate him at the end of the year and give him a time frame after that.”

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