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Justin Pugh likes the more relaxed dress code under Ben McAdoo

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 07:  Justin Pugh #67 of the New York Giants watches from the sideline during the second half of a game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Getty Images

If it wasn’t immediately clear at coach Ben McAdoo’s giant-suit press conference that he doesn’t obsess over attire, it should be clear now that his first season as a head coach has commenced.

As explained by left guard Justin Pugh on Tuesday’s PFT Live, one of the biggest differences between McAdoo and his predecessor, Tom Coughlin, is the clothing mandate.

“He’s a little more lax on our dress code, so you don’t have to be in a suit everywhere you go, which is nice,” Pugh said. “We play music during practice, during the whole practice there’s always music going on so maybe it’s a little more laid back of an atmosphere. I would still say they do a lot of things very similarly. Obviously, Coach Mac was here when Coach Coughlin was the head coach, there was a lot of things he carried over. Brought some things from Green Bay that he’s learned, so it’s relatively the same.”

One thing that’s still the same: They continue to operate on Tom Coughlin time, where being on time means being five minutes early.

Whatever they’re doing, they’ve found a way to win games they may have lost a year ago. As a result, the Giants are 2-0 for the first time in Pugh’s career.

“I think finishing,” Pugh said when asked to identify the biggest difference between 2015 and 2016. “Finishing was the thing that we harped on last year that we needed to do in order to win those close games and now we’re coming back and we are finishing those games. The NFL is just so close, all the games come down to that fourth quarter for the most part and to be able to pull out those close games is what separates a good and a bad team. I think last year, I look at it and it’s kind of funny because we lost to Dallas opening game by one point, we go on to lose to the Saints on a last-second field goal, so we’ve kind of come back and beaten those teams we lost to last year in the same type of fashion.”

And that’s the only way the word “fashion” ever will be used in connection with McAdoo’s Giants. It’s all about football, and already the football focus is leading to better outcomes.

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6 Responses to “Justin Pugh likes the more relaxed dress code under Ben McAdoo”
  1. PFT-made-me-change-my-handle says: Sep 20, 2016 11:32 PM

    You mean Ben “I borrowed my dad’s suit” McAdoo has a relaxed dress code? I find that shocking.

  2. demskinsbaby says: Sep 20, 2016 11:46 PM


  3. nothingman says: Sep 21, 2016 12:31 AM

    “better outcomes”

    Okay well coach Ben McAdoo hasn’t won 2 Super Bowls yet, but sounds like they’re off to a nice start

  4. wyrdawg says: Sep 21, 2016 12:38 AM

    I’ve never been a big Coughlin fan. Never, really, subscribed to his hard line newsletter. Warmed up a bit to him around the end of Strahan’s time. He listened (?). Seemed to change (?). OK.. set your watches 5 mins earlier? I’ve got nothing wrong with that. Late people? Wrong people.

    I guess it’s called self-discipline. Something that you get from your parents, the military, or maybe occasionally, the internets.

    Suits? C’mon man….

    … You’ve won TWO GAMES and you’re calling Coughlin about about dress code? That’s IT?

    Read a book.

  5. nard100 says: Sep 21, 2016 9:19 AM

    Of course it helps that we actually have defensive players that you know, can play defense. That is how they are “finishing” this year. It’s about time.

  6. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 21, 2016 12:41 PM

    It will all fall apart shortly in New Jersey. Sheli has had the fortune of not being injured. That will come to an end tis year. Who is the weemen’s backup? When sheli goes down the weemen will have a season that is record setting in futility.

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