The New York Giants have announced that Ben McAdoo, will be their new offensive coordinator.
McAdoo pronounced (MACK-ah-doo), who helped guide Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a MVP season in 2011, was the last of four candidates to interview with head coach Tom Coughlin for the position which became available when Kevin Gilbride announced his retirement shortly after the season.
I think this is the best coach for the job,” said head coach Tom Coughlin in a statement released by the team. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be excited to hear what he has to say.”
“We’re going to be an up-tempo, attacking-style offense,” McAdoo said in the same written statement. “We’re going to play with good energy. And we’re going to rely on fundamentals.”
Coughlin is expecting big things from the team’s third offensive coordinator under his head coaching tenure. And he said he’s excited by what the immediate future holds.
“I think the players will respond to this,” Coughlin said. “We’re going to try to compromise the system with what we have here. However, there will be change. And that change will be very positive and very well-received by our team and our players. And if our players are scrambling around to learn a new system – good. That’s another fire in their rear end.”
The 36-year-old McAdoo has been the Packers quarterbacks coach for the last two seasons after replacing Joe Philbin, now the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Prior to that assignment, McAdoo spent five years as the team’s tight ends coach.
McAdoo’s experience as a quarterbacks coach should come in handy. Last season, Eli Manning had one of his worst years of his career, throwing a career-high 27 interceptions, and seeing his completion percentage dip below 60 percent for the first time since the 2007 season.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Coach McAdoo,” said Manning. “I was able to talk to him over the phone last week and we had a great conversation. Obviously he’s had a ton of success in Green Bay and I look forward to working with him and improving our offense.”
Prior to his time in Green Bay, McAdoo was an assistant offensive line/quality control coach in 2005 for the San Francisco 49ers.
His lack of experience as a play caller didn’t concern Coughlin.
“I’ll be there to help him,” said Coughlin, who once called plays in Jacksonville.
“When you get your first opportunity in this league, you start to prepare for that (calling plays),” McAdoo said. “I feel like with the way we prepared with the coaches, and (Green Bay head coach) Mike McCarthy does a great job getting the coaches ready, we’ll respond. I’m ready to take that task head on.”