The vacancy for the head coaching position has been filled. Former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will take the reigns that Tom Coughlin had held over the past decade for this New York Giants. At 38 years old, Ben McAdoo will become the second youngest active head coach after Adam Gase, who at age 37 was just hired as the head coach of the Dolphins.
McAdoo has never been a head coach before, but has served the past two years as the offensive coordinator of the Giants. Before his stint with the Giants, McAdoo served as the tight ends coach from 2006-2011, as well as the quarterbacks coach from 2012-2013. He was a part of the team during the 2010 season when they won the Super Bowl over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It seems that the Giants players are in favor of the hire, and in hiring McAdoo continuity should remain within the team and organization. Eli Manning has seen his production improve under McAdoo as the offensive coordinator. McAdoo’s support inside the locker room could prove key to his success.
“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.
What McAdoo brings in continuity and offensive prowess he lacks in experience as a head coach as well as experience on the other side of the ball. He has never been a head coach before, while a lot of the other intriguing coaching candidates who were on the market at the time of the McAdoo hire, like Chip Kelly, Mike Shanahan, and Lovie Smith have been. Now, those hires don’t seem to make as much sense as McAdoo for this Giants team. Also, even though McAdoo hasn’t had a defensive coaching job at a college or professional level, the Giants will retain current defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. He will be counted on to improve and upgrade the defensive side of the ball that was the weakness of the Giants for the most part last season.
“I think the Giants ownership made this decision on what’s best for the organization and best for the team,” said Manning. “I think Coach McAdoo has great leadership skills, and will do a great job being a head coach and leading us in the right direction. If a new offensive scheme came in, I would’ve adjusted to it and been able to go out there and play at a high level. I enjoy this offense, I enjoy working with Coach McAdoo. I’m excited about that staying the same.”
It has been reported that the Eagles were also interested in Ben McAdoo as their head coach, and the Giants had to act swiftly to ensure McAdoo would still be available to be hired. McAdoo will have a chance to lead the Giants next season as the head coach, and it seems like it is a good fit for the team to remain stable and maintain continuity.