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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. 

Really. 

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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Eli Manning seemingly impressed by Philly's cursing 9-year-olds

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Eli Manning seemingly impressed by Philly's cursing 9-year-olds

Eli Manning is still the starting quarterback of the New York Giants.

That's a fact that some Giants fans are happy about. There's no arguing that it's also a fact that many Philadelphia Eagles fans are happy about as well.

While Eli has had some success against the Birds, he's struggled the past few seasons against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

The Giants selected Saquon Barkley with the second-overall pick in the 2018 draft, opting to go with a running back instead of one of the highly-tauted quarterbacks available at No. 2.

It means Eli will likely lead the Giants into the Linc this season and perhaps beyond. It's a place he has become acustomed to playing at, but he admits it took a while.

Speaking in an interview with Brandon Steiner (via 247sports), Eli was asked about where he enjoyed playing his best football on the road and mentioned the unique atmosphere in Philadelphia.

"Philly, it takes a little while to get used to it," Manning said. "It takes a little while to get used to in Philly because you're not used to seeing a 9-year-old cursing at you and talking about my mom and stuff. Once you get used to that, it's fine. It just takes a year or two."

Like all Philly sports fans, that 9-year-old has probably grown up and passed his teachings along to his kids.

"Now, he's 24 and training his four-year-old to curse at me," Eli said.

You can watch the comment in the below video around the 18:00 mark.

 

Meet the notable newcomers to the NFC East

Meet the notable newcomers to the NFC East

When you don't make the playoffs like three teams in the NFC East didn't last season, there's a lot of work to be done. Here are some of the newcomers who will try to help elevate their new teams to playoff status in 2018.

Giants
Do they need to find Eli Manning's eventual replacement? Yes! But Saquon Barkley was just too good to pass up for an offense whose running attack was ranked 26th last season. Barkley is a big man (234 pounds) who can run over or away from defenders and will help in the passing game.

With their second pick, the Giants took UTEP guard Will Hernandez. Hernandez has a nasty disposition and is a road grader in the run game at 330 pounds. Adding him with Nate Solder is a big improvement for Manning up front.

Third-rounder OLB Lorenzo Carter was inconsistent at Georgia, but his upside is intriguing. Carter has legit 4.5 speed and a quick burst off the edge. He's not ready to make Giants fans forget about Jason Pierre-Paul, but before the season is over he could be a very productive starter.

Redskins
When your run defense was dead last (134.1 yards per game), you need to get stouter up front in a hurry. 'Skins first-round pick Da'Ron Payne is an instant upgrade at 6-foot-2 and 311 pounds. Payne joins his former Alabama teammate Jonathan Allen in the trenches. If these two can stay healthy, trying to run against the 'Skins' front will be a lot more difficult.

Second-round pick RB Derrius Guice was graded as one of the top-three backs in the draft and a legit first-round pick, but rumors of character issues scared some teams off. There's no doubt he has the talent and size to be a feature back at 5-10 and 224 pounds with 4.49 speed. Guice runs angry. If he stays focused and plays up to his ability it will take a lot of pressure off QB Alex Smith.

Cowboys
Many thought it was a no-brainer that the 'Boys would take Dez Bryant's replacement in the first round, but they liked ILB Leighton Vander Esch from Boise State more. He is big, versatile, very good in run support and coverage, and can also play both strong and weak side. He will have a great mentor in Sean Lee.

Second-round pick OG Conner Williams of Texas is the perfect addition to the 'Boys' massive line. He's good enough to start from day one at either guard spot.

Third-round selection WR Michael Gallup from Colorado St. is one of the pass catchers I was watching closely to see where he would land. I love his footwork, ability to shed press coverage and is elusive in space. He will be a good complement to what is a tweaked Dallas pass game that will spread the wealth.

Side note: It will be fun to watch the NFC East's stable of thoroughbreds in Ezekiel Elliott, Barkley, Guice and Jay Ajayi gallop up and down fields.