Ben McAdoo to Giants: Key Takeaways from Coach's Introductory Press Conference

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2016

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talks during a news conference announcing him as the new head coach of the NFL football team, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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The New York Giants formally introduced Ben McAdoo as the 17th head coach in franchise history Friday morning, and he had plenty to say about his vision for the future of one of the NFL's most esteemed clubs. 

But before he could lay out his plan for the Giants, as they seek to embark on a new era without two-time Super Bowl winner Tom Coughlin, McAdoo reassured fans he's the right man for the job.   

"I'm hardened, I'm battle-tested, and I've been groomed for this job," McAdoo said, per the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano

McAdoo also discussed the identity the Giants will assume and the tenets that will guide it, according to Newsday's Bob Glauber and the New York Post's Paul Schwartz:

The Giants' new head coach also told reporters the theme of the season will be "evolution, not revolution," per Vacchiano.  

Although the Giants are coming off a disappointing 6-10 campaign, McAdoo stressed the team isn't going to tear things down now that he's in charge, per the team's official Twitter account: 

Perhaps most importantly, McAdoo said he will continue to stress punctuality even though Coughlin's no longer in the building, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and the Giants' Twitter account:

According to Schwartz, the first-year head coach also took responsibility for Odell Beckham Jr.'s on-field incident against the Carolina Panthers escalating:

However, McAdoo was mum on additions to his head coaching staff, per the team's official Twitter account:

Reading between the lines, Glauber noted defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is likely to remain on McAdoo's staff: 

The Giants' new head coach also played things close to the vest when it came to tactics, per Glauber: 

Rapoport and NFL Network's Albert Breer drew comparisons between McAdoo and some other coaching greats: 

"I like the pressure," McAdoo added, per the Giants' Twitter account. "This is the opportunity of a lifetime."

While 2016 will be McAdoo's first season as an NFL head coach, the fact that he has already established a rapport with the front office and quarterback Eli Manning bodes well for the acclimation process as he gets set to try and lead New York back to the playoffs. 

The Giants could certainly use some reinforcements on the defensive side of the ball after allowing a league-worst 420.3 yards per game last season, but the fact that there's already a stable foundation in place for McAdoo to mold as he sees fit should put the team in prime position to make a leap under his leadership.