Ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo rips Ereck Flowers, Nate Solder, Eagles’ track record

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Ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo rips Ereck Flowers, Nate Solder, Eagles’ track record

Once in the running to be Eagles head coach, Ben McAdoo is facing a true Philadelphia welcome the next time he visits.

The reception won’t be much friendlier in Dallas or Philadelphia. 

Or the next time he sees either of the Giants starting offensive tackles.

McAdoo, the ex-Giants coach who was fired in December, broke his silence Thursday without offering any real explanation for all the things that went wrong for the Giants last season or his ugly ending after benching quarterback Eli Manning.

Instead he praised the team’s offseason direction and said he was planning many of the same ideas had he been retained.

“I think they’re gonna win the division,” McAdoo told The New York Post. “I think Philly, how much success has Philly had? 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?”

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After sticking with Ereck Flowers at left tackle during his two-year stint as head coach and defending him through constant struggles, McAdoo offered a candid criticism of the much-maligned Flowers just as the new regime is gaining confidence in him after a position switch.

The Giants made Nate Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL to play left tackle. There’s a move McAdoo doesn’t like.

“I don’t think he’s a very good player,” McAdoo said of Solder, “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.”

On Flowers: “He can’t bend, you got to be able to bend. You can run around him on that (right) side just like you can on the other side. Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It’s not on the blind side. It’s in his vision, so if he is comfortable with what’s going on over on the left side, it can help him move in the pocket a little bit better.”

It didn’t stop there, especially not with the offensive line, which killed McAdoo’s teams even when they went 11-5 in 2016. 

After the emergence of six-game starter Jon Halapio was one of the bright spots for the Giants last season, McAdoo said, ” I think Brett Jones is probably going to be the center. I have a hard time seeing the other guy (Halapio) doing it.”

McAdoo, who is getting paid by the Giants under his old contract, is not on a NFL staff in 2018.

It seems like he might be auditioning for a no holds barred analyst’s job — a la Rex Ryan — rather than a coaching job after these remarks.

McAdoo agreed with the Giants’ decision not to draft a quarterback. That seems a bit strange considering he started the process of moving on from Manning that since has been reversed.

“With the (quarterbacks) that came out this year, I’m not surprised they went the route they went by not drafting a guy,” McAdoo said. “I wouldn’t have stood on the table to draft any quarterback No. 2 either.”

Ryan Dunleavy may be reached at rdunleavy@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @rydunleavy. Find our Giants coverage on Facebook.

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