NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:36 PM
Just two months into the job, Ben McAdoo discovered the Giants’ biggest problem. And he knows exactly what to do about it, too.
“We have to end the game with the lead,” he said. “And that’s going to be important to us.”
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out, of course. But McAdoo wasn’t trying to be a smart-aleck, nor was he being painfully obvious . He was discussing something that was a real problem for the Giants last season – their penchant for leading games late, but not being able to hold onto them until the end.
The Giants, in fact, held fourth-quarter leads in 11 of their first 13 games last season and they tied an NFL record by blowing leads in the fourth quarter and losing five times. Just think of how different their season could’ve been if they had held onto two or three of those.
That’s why, when McAdoo was asked for an assessment of last season, the blown leads were the first thing he mentioned.
“What’s interesting, before you get to situations and you’re looking at normal down and distance, we’ve had a lot of leads in games in the fourth quarter when you’re looking at the scoreboard in between plays,” McAdoo said. “We have to end the game with the lead and that’s going to be important to us. That’s not something that we’re going to beat into the ground with these guys, but that’s something that we have to learn from from last year and figure out a way to close these games out.”
Beating it into the ground actually might be a good idea.