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:
New Giants coach Ben McAdoo: "We’re going to set our jaw, and we’re going to get to work."— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) January 15, 2016
McAdoo: "Respect. Humility. Dedication."— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 15, 2016
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:
"We're not looking to rebuild. We're looking to reload." - Ben McAdoo— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
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:
#Giants coach Ben McAdoo says he won't mess with the clocks. They'll still be five minutes early. An ode to Coughlin.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2016
"Tom Coughlin time is part of Giants culture. We're sticking with that." - Ben McAdoo— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
According to Schwartz, the first-year head coach also took responsibility for Odell Beckham Jr.'s on-field incident against the Carolina Panthers escalating:
McAdoo on Odell Beckham Jr. in Panthers game: "I should have been better. It's my job to pull him out of that one."— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 15, 2016
However, McAdoo was mum on additions to his head coaching staff, per the team's official Twitter account:
"The staff at this point in time is very fluid. Nothing is set in stone." - Ben McAdoo— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
Reading between the lines, Glauber noted defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is likely to remain on McAdoo's staff:
McAdoo won't say if Spagnuolo coming back, but does talk about players being better off in Year 2 of system. Sure sounds like Spags is back.— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) January 15, 2016
The Giants' new head coach also played things close to the vest when it came to tactics, per Glauber:
Ben McAdoo won't say whether he will continue to call plays on offense.— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) January 15, 2016
Rapoport and NFL Network's Albert Breer drew comparisons between McAdoo and some other coaching greats:
#Giants coach Ben McAdoo: "The best players are always the smartest players." … A fundamental Belichick/Saban philosophy.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 15, 2016
Ben McAdoo sounds a lot like Mike McCarthy at the podium.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 15, 2016
"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.