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Ex-Giants head coach Ben McAdoo takes shots at the Redskins, Eagles and Cowboys

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Ex-Giants head coach Ben McAdoo takes shots at the Redskins, Eagles and Cowboys

Ex-Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has been silent since his firing back in December with just four games to go in the 2017 season.

He finally broke that silence Thursday in an interview with the New York Post, and boy did he have a lot to say for a guy who was fired after leading a team to a 2-10 start and benching their franchise QB for Geno Smith. 

McAdoo started out by noting that he approved of the Giants' offseason moves. 

I think they’ve made a lot of the moves I wanted to make.

And despite a rollercoaster of a season that also included general manager Jerry Reese's firing, McAdoo foresees the Giants winning the division in 2018, taking several shots at their fellow NFC East teams in proving his point. 

I think Philly, how much success has Philly had?” McAdoo said. “I think they’re gonna have a hard time handling success. 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?

Well to start, the Eagles won Super Bowl LII by beating Tom Brady and the Patriots with a backup quarterback; something no one expected to happen when Carson Wentz went down in December. No team is completely the same a season after hoisitng the Lombardi Trophy, but having "a hard time handling success" seems unlikely.

Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott's 2017 season did not live up to their 2016 run. But with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten out of the picture, you can expect to see the Dak-Zeke connection that had so much success a lot more in 2018. 

And when it comes to the Redskins, there is a lot to be excited about. The quarterback drama is finally over with Alex Smith now under center and it doesn't hurt that he's got one of the most exciting rookie running backs on his side in Derrius Guice

McAdoo's blows are a bit sassy, but if it makes you feel any better, he weighed in on the Giants' free agency additions and isn't too high on Nate Solder.

Getting a left tackle in there will help them in a lot of ways,” McAdoo said of Solder. “I don’t think he’s a very good player, 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.

We will just have to wait and see if McAdoo is right on his predictions, but until then, enjoy a good laugh.

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Mike Rizzo speaking with fellow general managers about starting pitchers

Mike Rizzo speaking with fellow general managers about starting pitchers

The 2018 MLB All-Star game is approaching and with that means so is the trade deadline.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has stated that the team is always in the business of buying and selling and this season they're interested in a starting pitcher.

"Talking starting pitching, talking to GM's, doing our due diligence," Rizzo said Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"We're always active at this time and [we] have a lot of conversations with a lot of people. We've got a lot of assets that people want. We've got assets of other teams that we want. It's going to be an interesting period. We're starting the stretch drive now where we gotta play good baseball."

Good baseball for the Nats in 2018 has been spotty. They've shown us what they're capable of – like putting up 18 runs Saturday against the Marlins – to not even closely resembling a team that has been NL East champions four of the last six seasons. And in odd fashion, their starting pitching hasn't performed like we're used to.

Stephen Strasburg is expected to make his return very soon after being placed on the disabled list with an inflamed shoulder, Max Scherzer is 11-5 with 177 strikeouts, but Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez have fallen flat.  During Sunday's game against the Marlins, Roark allowed 15 runners in four innings in their 10-2 loss, and in June, Gonzalez was 0-5 with a 8.44 ERA. It's obvious they need help and the trade deadline could bring some much needed relief, but Rizzo is still looking for more out of his veterans. 

"It's time for the starting pitchers to step up and pitch like they're supposed to pitch," Rizzo said.

"And that's the thing, these guys are accomplished pitchers. Gio had a low 2 ERA his first seven or eight start this season and kind of fell into some bad habits mechanically and didn't give us the length and performance we wanted, same thing with Tanner, and then we're relying on two young kids. Anytime you lose two of your five starters to injury you're really relying on your depth and your veteran players to perform up to their capabilities."

"We're optimistic. The team has been playing so hard. Even when we were playing poorly, we were playing very, very hard. You can even see it...two nights ago against the Pirates, we were down six runs before you could take your seat and you've got Adam Eaton running into walls and diving for balls and guys were playing all out, trying to come back from that thing. That's really been the attitude and the energy level throughout the season. Through the highs of May and through the lows of June, we've been on course and the effort level has been there and the preparation time has been there and the performance is starting to catch up with the effort level."

And help at starting pitcher could be what brings the Nats back into baseball harmony. 

"Once we get our starting pitching in line, I think we're going to really take off." 

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

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Lamar Jackson, Ravens rookies report to training camp

Football is back in session for the Ravens.

Their rookies are set to report to the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, Md Wednesday. Veterans report next Wednesday, the 18th.

The team is reporting to training camp a bit earlier than most NFL teams. Due to Ray Lewis being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Aug. 4 in Canton, Oh, the Ravens will face the Chicago Bears in the annual Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 2. Teams participating are eligible to begin training camp earlier.

This rookie class is already generating national attention. While the Ravens stand by Joe Flacco as their QB1, first-round pick Lamar Jackson could cause a shakeup at some point during the season. And when it comes to much-needed offensive help, tight ends Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews could begin to provide relief. 

Third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. begins his journey with the Ravens in a more sentimental fashion. His father, Orlando "Zeus" Brown, also played tackle for the Ravens from 1996-98 and then again from 2003-05. Brown passed away in 2011. 

Stay with NBC Sports Washington throughout the next several weeks as we keep a close eye on the Ravens' preseason. 

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