The Green Bay Packers recently blocked both the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from interviewing tight ends coach Ben McAdoo for the position of offensive coordinator—a rather large jump and a very promising promotion.
And we now know why that was the case.
Coach Tom Clements has been promoted to the offensive coordinator position vacated when Joe Philbin was hired as the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and Clements will not be retaining his duties as quarterbacks coach.
Thus, it is the intent of Mike McCarthy to promote McAdoo from his tight ends coaching position to coaching the quarterbacks.
Here is my question, however.
What exactly can McAdoo add as the quarterbacks coach that nobody else could? What is it that separates him above other potential out-of-house candidates for the job?
Aaron Rodgers is a championship-caliber quarterback who has Super Bowl and NFL Most Valuable Player awards under his belt. He has set numerous franchise records and in 2011 set the league record for passer rating in a season.
If Rodgers for whatever reason gets into a slump or simply wants to refine his mechanics, what is it exactly that McAdoo can offer him in the form of advice or guidance?
Rodgers is a very smart and adaptive quarterback. Even if this promotion completely fails, I don't see Aaron regressing as a starter. He will be able to overcome the road blocks he faces in the future—with or without the help of his position coach.
Even though it is very easy to see the negatives of this promotion, there are characteristics that McAdoo possesses that could make it very interesting.
He is an extremely intelligent up-and-coming coach in this league and both demands and receives the respect of the players under his authority.
While I think he can bring a few interesting concepts to his new position, I believe the Packers—and in turn Rodgers—would benefit more from a quarterbacks coach with proven experience as either a quarterback in the NFL or as a quarterbacks coach.