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McAdoo will run Giants on Coughlin time, five minutes early

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 03:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants goes over plays with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo on the bench against the Indianapolis Colts during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Getty Images

Although new Giants coach Ben McAdoo says he’s not in Tom Coughlin’s shadow, he is keeping one of Coughlin’s signature rules alive.

McAdoo will set the clocks in the Giants facility five minutes ahead in recognition of Coughlin, who famously required players to be at all meetings and practices five minutes early.

“Thinking of a way to honor Tom, we have our digital clocks, they’re all five minutes fast, and we’re going to stick with that,” McAdoo said today. “That’s T.C. time. That’s a part of Giants culture now.”

Coughlin’s players didn’t always appreciate that part of Giants culture. Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan, in particular, said it was preposterous when Coughlin fined him for being “late” to a meeting for which he was actually three minutes early.

But the players and coaches with the Giants now have worked under Coughlin for so long that they’re accustomed to it. And they’ll keep it up, even with Coughlin gone.

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60 Responses to “McAdoo will run Giants on Coughlin time, five minutes early”
  1. key2heat says: Jan 15, 2016 6:38 PM

    Time for 25 interceptions from Eli again

  2. staffordsyear says: Jan 15, 2016 6:38 PM

    Ugh, this is like at work when you get a new boss that you think might let you eat donuts on the job but no, no he won’t.

  3. buckstalion12965 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:42 PM

    How is showing up for work, prepared and at least 5 minutes early, such a crazy concept to so many people?

  4. jag1959 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:43 PM

    Nothing wrong with an homage to TC. A little respect goes a long way

  5. thealmightybigblue says: Jan 15, 2016 6:45 PM

    Time for a Super Bowl win from Eli.

  6. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 15, 2016 6:50 PM

    goofy

  7. firerogergoodell says: Jan 15, 2016 6:50 PM

    So everything stays the same except you fire Tom Coughlin?

    I have a lot of respect for Mara and Tisch but this makes no sense…

  8. Marshawn Lunch says: Jan 15, 2016 6:52 PM

    But he’s not operating in Coughlin’s shadow…

  9. jake6879 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:53 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:38 PM
    Ugh, this is like at work when you get a new boss that you think might let you eat donuts on the job but no, no he won’t.
    _________________________________

    Your job sucks.. who isn’t allowed to eat donuts? Vendors bring a dozen or two by my office all the time..

  10. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:53 PM

    key2heat says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:38 PM
    Time for 25 interceptions from Eli again
    ————

    people are still trying this, but ignoring 63 TDs the past two years. Amazing the stupidity in this world.

  11. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    buckstalion12965 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:42 PM
    How is showing up for work, prepared and at least 5 minutes early, such a crazy concept to so many people?
    ————–

    Look at the comments they leave. Does that surprise you?

  12. carloswlassiter says: Jan 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    I predict an epic, Les Steckel-style crash and burn.

    Too much responsibility, too soon, for an organization that thinks they are going to win the SB next year in a crazy media environment.

  13. key2heat says: Jan 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    So Tom was the problem with this team???

  14. arwiv says: Jan 15, 2016 6:56 PM

    Mcadoo came across as a very serious guy at his press conference…..I like it. Now he just needs to overhaul the Giants strength and conditioning program.

  15. bigbluefan56 says: Jan 15, 2016 6:56 PM

    So the new coach is keeping a tradition from the previous coach. What’s the big deal? It’s a lot more than what they did for Parcells after running him out… Strahan even said after retiring that he is now “20” minutes early to his appointments thanks to TC!!! Someone is trying to stir the pot, huh???

  16. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:01 PM

    People getting paid millions of dollars shouldn’t complain about 5 minutes early being “on time”

    Pretty pathetic

  17. pftbro says: Jan 15, 2016 7:02 PM

    My Giants blew it by not interviewing Hugh Jackson as soon as he became available, typical. More boring offense for the Giants…

  18. bordner says: Jan 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    Lombardi time was 15 mins early. Must be why he had 3x as many Championships as Coughlin.

  19. mmack66 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:05 PM

    buckstalion12965 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:42 PM

    How is showing up for work, prepared and at least 5 minutes early, such a crazy concept to so many people?
    ———————-

    Because the 5-minute early part is arbitrary and stupid.

  20. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 15, 2016 7:07 PM

    50 years ago it was known as “Lombardi Time” and it was 15 minutes, not 5.

  21. davejsepdx says: Jan 15, 2016 7:18 PM

    This doesn’t work because the people who follow it are humans who eventually (like in 2 minutes) figure out that they can start arriving 5 minutes “late” and actually be “on time.” Seriously, I know a lot of people who do this at home and think they’ll start being punctual if they set their clocks ahead. Guess what happens? They look at the clock and say “oh, f-it, that thing is 5 minutes fast, I’m doing fine.”

  22. ronfai says: Jan 15, 2016 7:18 PM

    In honor of Coughlin, Macaroni should also set a record for worst Superbowl winning team in the history of the NFL.

  23. pftbro says: Jan 15, 2016 7:20 PM

    A lot of us have jobs where we are expected to be at work before our actual starting time and we don’t make millions. Why can’t the NFL darlings do it?

  24. richiethegreek says: Jan 15, 2016 7:21 PM

    That’s the edge they need.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 15, 2016 7:24 PM

    Coughlin time, all clocks are 5 minutes ahead, but it’s 1957 still.

  26. xdolfan says: Jan 15, 2016 7:27 PM

    Awesome. I can just see Mara’s head ready to explode.

  27. zuzus petals says: Jan 15, 2016 7:29 PM

    I think this was a lovely & simple homage to his and their old boss– what is wrong with some of you people? Nothing in the world wrong with acknowledging Tom Coughlin.

  28. anthony123632 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:30 PM

    @key2heat come on man that joke is so old he had 32 tds to 14ints 2 years ago and 35 tds to 14 ints this year whats your qb done?

  29. bigbluefan56 says: Jan 15, 2016 7:38 PM

    mmack66 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 7:05 PM
    buckstalion12965 says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:42 PM

    How is showing up for work, prepared and at least 5 minutes early, such a crazy concept to so many people?
    ———————-

    Because the 5-minute early part is arbitrary and stupid.
    ———————

    No, your comment is stupid!!!

  30. case4pats says: Jan 15, 2016 7:41 PM

    like 5 minutes early made a big difference huh ??
    what a joke.. It’s not how much time you spend in your meetings it’s what you do with it and obviously they didn’t benefit from it for sure ,, maybe they should show up 5 minutes later !!!

  31. clk320cpe says: Jan 15, 2016 7:45 PM

    “carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:54 PM
    I predict an epic, Les Steckel-style crash and burn.

    Too much responsibility, too soon, for an organization that thinks they are going to win the SB next year in a crazy media environment.”

    Says the fan of a team that just spent the last 3 years going through ICWT.
    Was Chip Kelly a Les Steckel type of crash & burn after Andy?
    Is that why Lurie is desperate to bring back ANY link to Reid he can with the Pederson hire?

  32. thefootballgodssay says: Jan 15, 2016 7:52 PM

    Lol eli int jokes is soooooooooo 2013 NYG4LIFE

  33. waldoampere says: Jan 15, 2016 7:56 PM

    Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

  34. zeke2517 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:00 PM

    Childish games didn’t keep his team from collapsing.

    How about, “Be here at this time.” Then you show up at that time.

  35. luckyjim1980 says: Jan 15, 2016 8:01 PM

    Clk320cpe: I’m pretty sure Lassiter is a Pats fan.

  36. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 15, 2016 8:06 PM

    I am always early. 5 minutes early is a good thing. Shouldn’t be a problem for millionaires.

    Having said that, the 5 minute early thing clearly hasn’t made more wins.

  37. dwarftosser says: Jan 15, 2016 8:40 PM

    It’s stupid. If you want to meeting to start 5 minutes early, then schedule it 5 minutes early.

  38. headwoundharry says: Jan 15, 2016 8:47 PM

    This is sooo Highschool!

  39. 34defense2014 says: Jan 15, 2016 9:07 PM

    Hey mmack66 lol you upset Bigblue and Buck, because you’re smarter then they are! lol, Also guessing buy your post? You are much more successful then them as well? On every level too, Physiologically, Spiritually, Physically and Monetarily! I personally do
    Very well monetarily as well. I sometimes show up 10 min early? 2 min early? 10 min late? Or 15 min? Or 5 min late? Lol ( NO one TELLS me! When to
    Be in!) I also stay 15 to 45 min late, every day! ( with out putting in for OT) So regardless if I’m 15 min early for work? Or 15 min late? I always stay no less the 15 to 20 min after hours! lol But most times its 45 min to 60 min after hours! ( most peeps that show up
    5 min early? Are the first ones out the door!! Right when the bell
    Rings! As soon as there work hours are over! ) I’m very successful young Man. That’s of course if one conceders, Making Money, being a success story?( I DO NOT CONCEDE TO MAKING Money= SUCCESS!) Then yes, I do very well… For me, success has nothing to about Money! It’s about being a good person and helping others! Doing something nice for someone else and not telling a single person you did it! That’s success for me! Making a decent amount Money is just an “unfortunate” necessity:-( If one wants to live comfortable? Well if ones Wife likes Money? lol lol And they all do!???

  40. abninf says: Jan 15, 2016 9:07 PM

    mmack66 says:

    Because the 5-minute early part is arbitrary and stupid.
    ==========================================

    Everyone look at the new generation^^^

  41. boycord says: Jan 15, 2016 9:18 PM

    Just don’t ever let Reese, I mean ever, install a Super Bowl clock. Reese has a habit of overvaluing his talent.

  42. jagsfanugh says: Jan 15, 2016 9:29 PM

    Like my job, break is 15 min but you better be back on phones on the dot. 1 sec over you are in trouble.

  43. suhmonster90 says: Jan 15, 2016 9:31 PM

    Seems to me like the Giants wanted to lock down McAdoo before he started sniffing head coach gigs. Coughlin wasn’t going to be around forever and had a good run.

  44. ikeclanton says: Jan 15, 2016 9:31 PM

    If everyone knows that the clocks in the facility are all 5 minutes fast, doesn’t that defeat the purpose after they find out for the first time?

    I’m thinking this strategy wouldn’t work unless you’re a small child, or have that short term memory disease like in “50 First Dates”

  45. coreyn23 says: Jan 15, 2016 10:56 PM

    I don’t know if that’s a good idea? I number of times this year it seems like they quit playing 5 minutes early too.

  46. cribbage12 says: Jan 15, 2016 11:02 PM

    And today’s practice has been rescheduled for the day after yesterday.

  47. cribbage12 says: Jan 15, 2016 11:04 PM

    Who’s gonna change that time on you? McAdoo, McAdoo, McAdoo!

  48. kairn42 says: Jan 15, 2016 11:55 PM

    All the clocks were 5 min fast? Is that why their time management was so terrible?

  49. Seprix says: Jan 16, 2016 12:14 AM

    But that’s not Lombardi time! You’re ten minutes late!

  50. couchbasher says: Jan 16, 2016 12:52 AM

    Problem is, McAdoo is NOT Tom Coughlin. Rule #1 as a coach is to be “yourself”

    Hope this works for the Giants, but they should’ve kept TC.

  51. valman61 says: Jan 16, 2016 1:26 AM

    Mcadoo will succeed as a head coach

  52. denver1983 says: Jan 16, 2016 2:55 AM

    Giants are the laughing stock of the NFL

  53. bullcharger says: Jan 16, 2016 6:53 AM

    dwarftosser says:
    Jan 15, 2016 8:40 PM

    It’s stupid. If you want to meeting to start 5 minutes early, then schedule it 5 minutes early.

    —————-

    They don’t want the meeting to start 5 min early. They want everyone at the meeting and ready 5 min early. It may be semantics to some, but there is a difference in perception between scheduling a meeting 5 min early so people can show up and settle down and the meeting starts on time, or making everyone show up 5 min early so they are ready for a meeting. The latter sends a better message around self discipline and what it takes to be successful.

    It’s very similar to Belichick not allowing any excuse for being late to the facility for practice. Not even a snow storm. His point is leave home earlier.

  54. bullcharger says: Jan 16, 2016 6:58 AM

    headwoundharry says:
    Jan 15, 2016 8:47 PM

    This is sooo Highschool!

    —————

    I don’t know if you noticed, but people in their early 20’s aren’t exactly getting 9-5 jobs and starting families like they were in the 70’s. They are still kids. Most of the NFL players are boys, not men. A littlie bit of discipline to show them what it takes to be a successful man is not so bad.

  55. greygooseandsprite says: Jan 16, 2016 8:32 AM

    This would explain why they lose so many games. G men think the games over, but wait a minute……there’s 5 minutes left in the game!!! Time to put our helmets on a go throw a pick 6

  56. sportsknowledge says: Jan 16, 2016 10:11 AM

    In my opinion, bring back the ruler. If players are late, or misbehave, whack!!! on the back of the hand.

  57. carloswlassiter says: Jan 16, 2016 10:44 AM

    clk320cpe says:
    Jan 15, 2016 7:45 PM

    “carloswlassiter says:
    Jan 15, 2016 6:54 PM
    I predict an epic, Les Steckel-style crash and burn.

    Too much responsibility, too soon, for an organization that thinks they are going to win the SB next year in a crazy media environment.”

    Says the fan of a team that just spent the last 3 years going through ICWT.
    Was Chip Kelly a Les Steckel type of crash & burn after Andy?
    Is that why Lurie is desperate to bring back ANY link to Reid he can with the Pederson hire?
    ————————————————————–
    I’m a Pats fan.

    And no, Kelly wasn’t a Les Steckel style 3-13 one and done coach.

    I think time will show that Lurie made a big mistake letting Chip go. I predict he’ll be a big success in SF, and Pederson will lay an egg in Phila.

  58. The Almighty Cabbage says: Jan 16, 2016 11:24 AM

    I’m going to guess that most of you that seem to have a problem with this are under 30, or even younger. That’s not an indictment of your age group, just an observation of one of the many differences between us.

    Amongst us old folks, tardiness is looked down upon heavily. I am never late. I will never be late. To be late, would be to disrespect you. Not some imagined disrespect, either; my tardiness would show genuine disrespect. I owe you better than that.

    If you want to do business with me, don’t be late. Not ever. Not by a single minute. If you are late you will not get my business. Period.

  59. a1b24312 says: Jan 16, 2016 11:27 AM

    Living on Mcadoo time
    Living on Mcadoo time
    We’ll set out clocks for TC
    and the shadow will be easy
    living on Mcadoo time…

  60. jomo56 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:36 AM

    Time regardless, does this guy really have what it takes to turn it around for the g men?

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