As the New York Giants searched for a new offensive coordinator earlier this offseason following the retirement of Kevin Gilbride, both Henry Hynoski and John Conner waited with baited breath. There was no way of knowing whether or not a new offensive coordinator would even use the traditional fullback — something that seems to be a dying breed in the NFL — or if they'd both be out of job. But when Ben McAdoo was hired, each breathed a sigh of relief.
"A lot of coordinators don’t even use a fullback so I was sweating it out there for a little bit just waiting to see who we hired. When I heard we hired Coach McAdoo, I was like, ‘Oh, we’re good.’ Fullbacks are good, the way they utilize Kuhn out in Green Bay," Hynoski said. "It’s been exciting so far, I really like what he brought to the table with the offense."
For McAdoo, not having a fullback was never an option. He may only be in his 30's, but he's an old breed with an old school mentality. And for him, coming to the Giants was like winning the fullback lottery. Not only does he have one talented fullback, but he has two — each more than capable of doing the job, but each who bring their own unique skill set.
"Henry and John have both done a nice job. We mix — we’re in and out of personnel groups and those types of things at this point," McAdoo said. "You like to use the fullback. The way I was raised, a fullback’s a big part of the things you do. Henry and John have both done a nice job so far."
The decision the Giants will ultimately have to make is not so much about who's the better fullback, but which fullback better suits their new offense. Will it be the bruising traditional fullback in John Conner, who swallows linebackers and creates massive running lanes, or will it be the more versatile and athletic Hynoski, who can also serve as a weapon in the passing game?
It's one of those situations where the team can't keep both, but it'll be hard to watch either one go.
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