Well, that didn’t take long.
Ten days after Tom Coughlin’s resignation, Big Blue announced the promotion of former offensive coordinator-turned- head coach Ben McAdoo; only their 17th in team history. The odds-on favorite from the start, McAdoo is an internal hire with no head coaching experience and, at 38, will be the league’s second-youngest coach after Miami's Adam Gase. Steve Spagnuolo is set to return as the Giants’ defense coordinator while it is rumored that ex-Dolphins coach Joe Philbin will be their next offensive coordinator. McAdoo and Philbin both worked under Mike McCarthy at Green Bay.
McAdoo told reporters that he's had many mentors and coaches who have groomed him along the way, and he said he will keep clocks at the Giants training facility five minutes ahead to honor Coughlin's mode of operation.
"We're going to stick with that," McAdoo said at his introductory press conference as head coach on Friday. "That's TC time, and that's a part of Giants culture now."
Philadelphia, who has also spoken to Coughlin and interviewed McAdoo last week perhaps forced the Giants to make a move. He has gained much acclaim for his work with Eli Manning, raising the quarterback's completed pass numbers while lowering his interception total. Giants Nation will be happy with how professional the entire search process was conducted and that they got the person they wanted from the get-go. McAdoo already has an existing rapport with the offense, an affiliation with the defense, and a working relationship with Jerry Reese and the rest of the front office.
It will be interesting to see the reception McAdoo receives from the Meadowlands and the organization, especially if the team loses early. Transition at the top is never easy and the best laid plans often go awry. For the time being, the franchise seems to think very highly of him and will give him a long leash. The offensive line, wide receiver position, and linebacking corps are only a few of the Giants’ off-season concerns although their financial position and draft positions are respectable.
McAdoo has been a career coach. He began as an assistant high school coach during his sophomore year at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and followed up by plying his trade in college ball. His first NFL position was as an offensive quality control coordinator for the New Orleans Saints. He then moved to the 49ers for the same while also becoming San Francisco’s O-line coach. Prior to becoming the Giants’ offensive coordinator, McAdoo was the Packers’ Tight Ends and Quarterbacks coach, respectively. Packers coach Mike McCarthy offered high praise for McAdoo's work ethic and gave him a ringing endorsement as the Giants new head coach.
"I mean, I think a lot of us that are from that region of the country take a lot of pride in being from there, Western Pennsylvania," said McCarthy. "Ben has a tremendous work ethic. I remember the first day I met him. I talked to him at the Indianapolis combine. I was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and he had called me on the phone, was seeking an opportunity just to talk football. HE was coaching, I don’t recall the school, somewhere up in New York or Connecticut, and we talked on the phone that evening and then the next day at lunch, when I was coming back from the workouts at the combine, Ben was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for me. He drove all night just for an opportunity to sit down and talk football. So that’s my first impression of Ben McAdoo and then obviously to what he’s put himself in position for, it’s just no surprise. Tremendously dedicated, not just to his family but to the coaching profession."