EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There is plenty of doubt swirling around Ben McAdoo right now - doubt about his team, about his abilities as a head coach, about whether he'll still be a head coach after this season.
But McAdoo had a simple answer when he was asked on Wednesday if any self-doubt has started to creep in.
"Nope," he said.
In the midst of a miserable, 1-8 season, McAdoo insists he's been able to stay strong.
"Yeah. I mean, listen, I'm comfortable in my own skin," the embattled coach said. "I'm built for this. A calm doesn't suit me. A storm does."
There have been many times this season when it's seemed the opposite is true, as he's struggled to maintain a strong public image. He's been caught in lies to the media. He's frequently given awkward answers when dancing around touchy subjects. And who could forget his infamous answer when asked about his halftime speech to his players during their 51-17 loss to the Rams: "Ummm …."
He has looked anything but comfortable at times, especially as this mess of a season swirls around him. But he believes his strength is showing - and will soon show even more.
"Tougher it gets, the better I'm going to get," McAdoo said. "The better I expect this team to get down the stretch."
This stretch should be an interesting one for the second-year head coach. He has a team that has nothing to play for, has endured discipline problems, and now seems to have several players quitting on plays. Despite the statement of "support" he got from his bosses on Monday, it seems to be a virtual certainty that McAdoo will lose his job as soon as the season ends.
That sounds like McAdoo is in for a miserable seven weeks. But that's not how he sees it at all.
"It's probably the greatest opportunity in my life these next seven weeks," he said. "A lot of doubt out there. Whether it's in the building or not, but there's doubt definitely on the outside.
"So we have a chance to flip the script these last seven weeks. … I think it's a great opportunity that you have one win and you're midpoint in the season and doubt starts to creep in. You have a chance to flush the doubt, flip the script and get some wins."