McAdoo Doesn't Regret Eli Manning Decision

Peter King Joined Mike Francesa Monday

Mike Francesa
July 16, 2018 - 4:29 pm

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By WFAN.com

After 29 years at Sports Illustrated, Peter King is now a part of NBC Sports, where he will be contributing digitally and as part of their football programming on television. King joined WFAN's Mike Francesa Monday to talk about the move, NFL referees, the new National Anthem policy, Terrell Owens and the Hall of Fame, and his conversation with Ben McAdoo. 

King explained how him and McAdoo chatted and how everything came up.

"He called me soon after he got fired and wanted an impartial voice to talk to him about what went wrong and what he could be better at," King told Francesa.

McAdoo told King about things he could have done better.

"He had compiled a 209-page manifesto from all different people around football at every aspect about the game, media, things he may have done wrong," said King. "He wished he had just handled the Odell Beckham Jr. situation differently."

The most criticized decision he made was benching Eli Manning for Geno Smith, which somehow he still doesn't regret.

"He talked about his thing with Eli Manning. I don't think he would have made a different decision," King said. "He needs to improve in his bedside manner, and trying to explain things. He didn't explain well at the time. Nobody wanted to see Geno Smith, everyone wanted to see Davis Webb. This guy was never good with the press. He knows he has to get better. He doesn't regret his decision with Eli Manning at all."

King also talked about NFL referees. With Ed Hochuli, Gene Steratore, and Terry McAulay all gone, the NFL is going to have a lot of youth and inexperienced refs trying to control games. 

"The NFL had the most confidence in these guys," said King. "Four of the 17 refs are new. Four of the refs are 65 or older. Half the refs by 2020 are going to be very inexperienced. A quarter of the refs are going to be brand new."

King weighed in on Terrell Owens and his decision to not go to Canton for his speech and the NFL not wanting to publicize him. 

"About two-thirds of them didn't go in on the first ballot. They're all the same. They're all Pro Football Hall of Famers. Nobody thinks that a guy who got in their seventh year that they're not a Hall of Famer. They should have said let's be bigger than him." 

You can listen to the entire interview above.