Meet the Giants: Ben McAdoo

After long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was given an early retirement package, former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo emerged as the lead candidate to fill Gilbride's vacant spot. With new leadership along the sidelines, find out what McAdoo brings to the table and how he can helps turn around Eli Manning and the New York Giants struggling offense.

This offseason the New York Giants hired Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. The Giants' offense was a disappointment all around and in need of a change. The G-Men's offensive line was often outplayed or injured the majority of the season. The running back position was a revolving door as injuries plague the Giants' backs. The wide receiving core was inconsistent and often injured as well. McAdoo brings an impressive resume to New York.

McAdoo has spent the past eight seasons mentoring under Mike McCarthy and his up-tempo offense. The first six years were as the tight ends coach and the last two working with the quarterbacks. The Packers have had one of the best offenses over that span, winning a Super Bowl as McAdoo played a big part in that.

The Giants ranked No. 28 in the NFL in both yards (307.5) and points per game (18.4) in 2013. Green Bay's offense was third in the league in yards a game (400.3) and tied for eighth in scoring (26.1 points a game).

A big part in the difference in offensive production was the quarterback play of the coordinator's new and old teams. McAdoo helped Aaron Rodgers lead the Packers to the postseason despite being injured a significant amount of the season while Eli Manning led the league in interceptions, having five more than the runner up, Carson Palmer.

McAdoo has also worked with San Francisco and New Orleans and coached at the collegiate level at Fairfield, Stanford, Akron, Pittsburgh and Michigan State. McAdoo was a wanted man. The Dolphins were also interested in the 36-year-old McAdoo as their offensive coordinator, and he had been mentioned as a head-coaching candidate in Cleveland as well.

Super Bowl champion Mike McCarthy is high on McAdoo. He brought McAdoo to the Green Bay roster after working under him in San Francisco while Mike was a coordinator.

"(McAdoo) is a detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy," said Coughlin. "He has a great relationship with him."

The Giants are hoping McAdoo can lead them back to the playoffs as they have missed the playoffs four out of the five seasons.

McAdoo looks to help the 33-year-old Manning bounce back off arguably his worse season. There have already been rumors about McAdoo possibly being the first in line to replace the 67-year-old Tom Coughlin if he decides to retire.


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