After Monday’s practice, New York Giants tackle Ereck Flowers spoke out against the comments his former head coach, Ben McAdoo, made to the New York Post in July.
New York Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers is none too pleased with his former head coach.
After Monday’s practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, Flowers responded to ex-Giants head coach Ben McAdoo’s criticism, published in the New York Post in July. Not only is Flowers displeased about the words themselves, he’s also upset that McAdoo didn’t say them to his face.
“Anything he had to say to me, he could have said it when he was here with me,” Flowers said, according to NJ Advance Media’s Matt Lombardo. “Anything that he has to say now, I really don’t care about. I’m here right now, going into the season just focused on what’s ahead of us.”
Flowers, the Giants’ first-round draft pick from 2015, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. While he has yet to live up to that billing in the eyes of many critics and analysts, the Giants are hoping a switch from left to right tackle will help. Left tackle is where Flowers spent his first three NFL seasons, but the Giants added free agent Nate Solder this offseason.
While McAdoo was one of Flowers’ biggest supporters in New York, he spoke about the lineman’s shortcomings in a conversation with Paul Schwartz.
“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. It’s not the blind side, it’s in his vision, so if he’s comfortable with what’s going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better.”
McAdoo, who went 13-16 in just under two seasons in blue, did state his belief that the Giants would win the NFC East division title.
Back in May during organized team activities, new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur remarked that he believed in Flowers’ ability to make the transfer.
“He’s been communicating well, he looks like he’s having fun playing out there, he’s worked in with the offensive line and he’s done everything we’ve asked,” Shurmur said, according to Patricia Traina of Forbes. “I anticipate that will continue.”
Flowers and the Giants will continue their preseason slate on Friday night, meeting the New York Jets in their annual preseason tilt (7:30 p.m. ET, WCBS).