Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo doesn’t believe new left tackle Nate Solder is a “good player” for Big Blue.
Being the 26th ranked offensive line unit in the NFL in 2017 according to Pro Football Focus, it’s safe to say the New York Giants desperately needed an upgrade. That’s where left tackle Nate Solder came into the situation.
The Giants signed Solder in March out of free agency to a four-year, $62 million contract. This makes the former New England Patriot the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.
While many are excited about the move at offensive line (being that it takes Ereck Flowers out of the left tackle position), there’s one certain individual who has his doubts in some regards. Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo broke his silence last Thursday in an interview with Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
“I don’t think he’s a very good player,” McAdoo said. “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.”
The former head coach, who was fired after a Week 13 loss to the Oakland Raiders, also expressed an opinion on the contract itself.
“It was good they could get rid of [defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s] salary,” he said. “I guess you kind of just flipped JPP for Solder, and I think that’s a good move, really.”
Although not high on Solder’s ability to play, he does believe the Giants made a beneficial move at the end of the day. McAdoo also believes Big Blue will win the NFC East in 2018.
This move at offensive line without a doubt fills a missing spot. And with a new coaching staff as well as new rookie running back Saquon Barkley, fans could very well see the Giants back in the playoffs.