Just two short years ago there were questions about Ben McAdoo’s ability to handle the New York Giants’ offense, when the largely unknown offensive coach was hired away from the Green Bay Packers to replace deposed offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Apparently, Big Blue’s brass has seen enough in nary two seasons to hand the entire operation over to the 38-year old coach, as the New York Post reported on Jan. 13, 2016 that McAdoo will be formally named Giants’ head coach on Thursday.
New York’s coaching quest slowed down earlier this week, as the Giants formally acknowledged interviewing previous NFL head coaches Mike Smith, Doug Marrone and Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo served as the team’s defensive coordinator last season, and he is widely expected to be retained by McAdoo for next season. In addition, New York also conducted an interview with Detroit Lions’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin on Jan. 7, 2016, according to a post on Giants.com, as well as Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The post indicated that “Austin, 50, met with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.”
The game of coaches musical chairs was beginning to wind down, with the Miami Dolphins hiring of Gase last week, and the Cleveland Browns coming to terms with former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Wednesday. Several media reports indicated that Jackson had an interview scheduled with the Giants on Thursday, which was cancelled, and in addition, the Philadelphia Eagles were reportedly preparing to make McAdoo an offer to become their head coach, so the Giants had to act quickly.
McAdoo is not only thought highly of internally, but his former colleagues with the Green Bay Packers believe in his abilities as well, pursuant to a report by Newsday on Jan. 13, 2016. “Ben’s a great coach,” Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “He’s really advanced quickly, and the key is he’s got an excellent work ethic. He puts in the work and he cares about it a lot.”
McAdoo’s former boss, Packer’s head coach Mike McCarthy called him “the ultimate preparation individual. He’s prepared for this opportunity for a long time. He’s paid his dues. He’s earned his stripes.”
The New York Giants were in the market for a new head coach after veteran leader Tom Coughlin resigned after back-to-back 6-10 seasons, in a move that was widely endorsed by Big Blue’s front office. At Coughlin’s resignation press conference, team co-owner John Mara said, “Coaches in this league that last 12 years are pretty rare. It’s been a great 12 years, even though the last few years have been disappointing. But I think [Coughlin’s resignation] was as much mutual as anything else.”