- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said he's "excited" to work with new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo and expressed a positive attitude about learning a new offensive system after playing the first 10 years of his career in the same one.
"I'm excited about Ben coming in," Manning said Thursday on a conference call. "I talked to him before we hired him, kind of before he interviewed with Coach [Tom] Coughlin, and was very impressed with him and just his offensive mindset and also his preparation on how he likes to get ready, his drills with quarterbacks and the things he’s done in the past. So I’m excited about, obviously, what he’ll bring to the Giants and look forward to getting in meetings and getting with him and seeing what I can do better and what I need to learn and how this offense is going to go."
McAdoo was hired a couple of weeks ago to replace longtime Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who retired right after the season amid valid speculation that the team was considering replacing him. McAdoo has spent the past nine years as an assistant coach under Mike McCarthy, who runs a West Coast-style offense with the Green Bay Packers. That style differs significantly from the run-and-shoot-inspired offense Gilbride ran. Manning said he's looking forward to seeing how much things will change under McAdoo.
"I think the West Coast offense has kind of changed a little bit over the years," Manning said. "They call it different things, but they’ll have their little tweaks and different things that they do, that they’ve done in Green Bay where he’s been under that offense. I’m looking forward to learning. It’ll have some different ideas, but it’s still about playing football and having great footwork and mechanics and throwing it to the open guy."
Manning is coming off a career-worst season in which he led the league with a career-high 27 interceptions against only 18 touchdowns and completed only 57.5 percent of his passes. His completion percentage and total of touchdown passes have dropped in each of the past three seasons. So while you obviously wouldn't expect him to say anything negative publicly about his new offensive coordinator, it's not hard to believe he's sincere in expressing excitement about the possibility of trying something new.