The man in charge of turning around arguably the most embarrassing offense from the 2013 NFL season will be Ben McAdoo.
According to the New York Giants official Twitter feed, the former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach has accepted the position as the G-Men's new offensive coordinator:
The Giants have hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. More shortly— New York Giants (@Giants) January 14, 2014
ESPN's Dan Graziano provided the reported details of the contract:
Ben McAdoo's contract with the Giants will be for two years, per sources. Interesting, since Coughlin's has only one to go.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) January 14, 2014
The 36-year-old McAdoo has been on the Packers staff since 2006. He was originally hired as the tight ends coach, a position he held through the 2011 season, when he replaced Tom Clements as the quarterbacks coach.
He talked about what it means to be on the Giants staff and gave a preview of what to expect from the Giants offense via Art Stapleton of The Record and Conor Orr of the The Star-Ledger:
New #NYG OC Ben McAdoo: "It’s a golden opportunity for me. It’s an opportunity I feel I’ve been groomed for. And I look forward to it.”— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 15, 2014
New OC Ben McAdoo will call plays for #NYG offense; for him it will be for the first time in his career.— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 15, 2014
McAdoo promises up-tempo, attacking style offense. #nyg— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) January 15, 2014
One of the top up-and-coming names in the NFL, he attracted interest from around the league, interviewing for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching position and Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator opening.
Any opportunities he gets, he deserves. He’s a guy that works extremely hard. We had a long talk yesterday, and I just continued to echo the things that I felt about him and appreciate about him.'
He’s a guy who really puts the time in. He’s got an incredible work ethic, and I think he’s really worked hard to become a better coach in the time that we’ve spent together and a guy who I really trust and appreciate for his approach and the way that he makes sure that his guys are prepared.
Still, the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch was a bit taken back by the hire:
On a serious note, selection of Ben McAdoo by the Giants is a bit of a surprise. So much for Mike Sullivan because Eli wanted "continuity."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) January 14, 2014
McAdoo has a difficult job in front of him.
How do you grade this hire by the Giants?
Despite a capable quarterback and several playmakers in the passing game, the Giants averaged just 307.5 yards per game this past season, putting them at 28th in the league. Moreover, Eli Manning threw for 27 interceptions as the team finished with a league-worst 44 giveaways.
As a young coach with zero offensive coordinator experience, McAdoo may seem like a bit of a risky choice, but as a quarterback specialist who has been a part of an explosive offense for the past several years, it's not difficult to see why the Giants made the hire.