The New York Giants are no longer looking for a head coach.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, "the Giants are hiring Ben McAdoo" to fill the position. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports added, "McAdoo has been highly thought of throughout the process. Giants very much want to keep him. Set for the ultimate promotion [Thursday]." The team announced the hiring on Thursday:
“I am honored to serve as the 17th head coach in the history of the New York Giants franchise,” McAdoo said. “I am thankful to the Mara family, the Tisch family and Jerry Reese for this opportunity. I am appreciative of the support of my family, my wife Toni and our two children (Larkin and BJ) and my parents, brother and sister and in-laws back in Homer City, Pa. I have been very fortunate to have a lot of great coaches, administrators and players take an interest in me and my career. It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin.
“I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life, and without the guidance and support of many people, I would not be here right now.”
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported McAdoo's deal is for four years.
McAdoo will replace Tom Coughlin, who stepped down following Week 17 after 12 years and two Super Bowl titles as the Giants' head coach.
It is a drastic swing for the franchise considering the 69-year-old Coughlin was the league's oldest coach this season. McAdoo is only 38 years old and will become the NFL's second-youngest head coach behind only new Miami Dolphins lead man, 37-year-old Adam Gase.
McAdoo was the offensive coordinator for the Giants during the 2014 and 2015 seasons and is familiar with quarterback Eli Manning, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the rest of the personnel on that side of the ball.
He was also the tight ends coach with the Green Bay Packers from 2006-11 and then became the quarterbacks coach for the team for two seasons before moving to Big Blue.
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy also released a statement on the hire:
“I’m very happy for Ben to be in this position with the opportunity in front of him,” McCarthy said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of him. He’s definitely ready and deserving.”
McCarthy considers McAdoo “tremendously dedicated to the coaching profession,” and he told a story to illustrate why. McCarthy said his first contact with McAdoo was from receiving an evening phone call while McCarthy was at the scouting combine in Indianapolis for the Saints. McAdoo was coaching in the college ranks on the east coast at that time and just wanted to “talk football.”
“The next day at lunch, coming back from workouts, Ben was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for me,” McCarthy said. “He drove all night just for the opportunity to sit and talk football. That’s my first impression of Ben McAdoo. To see that he’s put himself in (a head coaching) position is no surprise.”
Although New York failed to make the playoffs in 2015 at 6-10 in the NFC East, it did finish an impressive eighth in the league in total yards per game and sixth in points per game under McAdoo. The offense was certainly not the problem, considering the defense was an abysmal 30th in the NFL in points allowed per game.
McAdoo's promotion also maintains some continuity within the successful system, as Yahoo Fantasy Sports suggested:
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Good news for the Eli Manning and Odell Beckham crowd, with Ben McAdoo staying. Continuity in this case is very good.1/14/2016, 1:24:54 AM
The idea of continuity was furthered Friday, when Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reported defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would return to the team.
Manning topped 4,000 passing yards in each of the last two seasons under McAdoo, which is something he hadn't done since the 2011 campaign. What's more, his 4,436 yards in 2015 and 4,410 yards in 2014 were the second- and third-highest single-season totals of his career, respectively.
Manning actually suggested McAdoo should be a candidate for the vacant head coaching position after Coughlin stepped down when talking with WFAN's Mike Francesa (via James Kratch of NJ Advance Media):
Yeah, I would think so. I think there are some similarities between him and coach Coughlin, and their passion for football. He loves it. He loves thinking of concepts and plays, and what's going to work, and talking about it, and going over scenarios and situations. I think he's been a coordinator now two years. I think that's a possibility.
New York had an additional motivation for promoting McAdoo that goes beyond familiarity with Manning and Beckham, as Rapoport noted:
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The #Eagles had strong interest in Ben McAdoo. That likely pushed the #Giants to close the deal with their offensive coordinator1/14/2016, 1:35:04 AM
Ultimately, the Giants kept McAdoo away from their division rivals and gave their quarterback someone he is comfortable working with as the new head coach. Now they will wait and hope that it is the correct formula to get them back to the postseason for the first time since the 2011 campaign.