The Giants coaching search appears to be over and their top candidate was right under their nose all along. Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is reportedly finalizing a deal to become the team’s head coach, this according to ESPN.
McAdoo helped guide Eli Manning to his most prolific passing season of his career as he threw for 4,436 yards, including 35 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and fashioned a 93.6 passer rating.
Last season the Giants ranked No. 7 in passing yards with just over 271 yards per contest and No. 19 in rushing with over 100 yards per game.
McAdoo spent the past two seasons directing Big Blue’s offense, but suffered through a pair of 6-10 campaigns that led to Coughlin’s resignation.
When the Giants hired McAdoo back in 2014, he was expected to succeed Coughlin as the team’s next head coach. With Coughlin stepping down from his post last week, talks intensified between McAdoo and the team’s front office.
The two sides are putting the finishing touches on a deal this week and an official announcement could come as soon as Thursday afternoon.
McAdoo’s hiring creates a seamless transition for Manning and top receiving target Odell Beckham Jr. as they’ve thrived in a West Coast system.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will reportedly remain with the team as well. Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch along with general manager Jerry Reese intimated that their coaching search would be swift, but extensive and McAdoo ended up being the best fit for the organization.
McAdoo doesn’t have any prior head coaching experience in the NFL or college, but he did serve as the Packers tight ends coach from 2006-2011 and quarterbacks coach from 2012-2013.
McAdoo, 38, will be the second-youngest coach in the league behind Miami Dolphins newly hired head man Adam Gase.