Ben McAdoo has yet to call a single play for the New York Giants as their newly hired offensive coordinator, but the buzz and excitement surrounding his hiring last week has the fan base and team ready for the 2014 season to start and put the disappointing 7-9 season of 2013 far in the rear-view mirror.
The 36-year-old McAdoo replaces long-time offensive coordinator and Giants assistant coach Kevin Gilbride, who retired after the seasons end and avoided being fired by Giants co-owner John Mara had he not decided to walk away from the league. Yet, with Gilbride gone, it allowed the Giants to pick someone new to run an offense that struggled drastically and saw a bit of regression in two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Now with McAdoo, who had spent the last couple of years coaching Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, he will be able to work with Manning and hopefully get him straightened out from a season that saw him get sacked 39 times and intercepted 27 — both career highs for the 33-year-old. McAdoo will also be implementing the West Coast offense for the Giants, something they could use since they struggled to effectively run the football as well as put up points last season; the Giants only scored 30 points once last year which was back in Week 1.
On Friday, McAdoo's mentor and current Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke extremely high of his now former assistant coach and felt that the Giants made the right call in hiring McAdoo to be their new offensive coordinator.
“We talked at length about Coach Coughlin and what they’ve done there, and I thought that from day one those two would be an excellent fit," McCarthy told the New York Post on Friday morning. “I think he definitely hired the right man. He’s prepared himself a long time for this opportunity,’’ McCarthy said. “I feel personally, we have a very strong relationship and I couldn’t be more excited for Ben and his family. Professionally, I’m very proud of him."
McAdoo has been with McCarthy dating back to when he was the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator in 2004 and then followed McCarthy to his offensive staff when he was a coach with the San Francisco 49ers and then the Packers where he first started out as a tight ends coach and then took over as the quarterbacks coach.
Some have felt that if McAdoo can successfully turn around the struggling Giants offense, he's a prime candidate to become a future head coaching candidate in the league, something that McCarthy thinks McAdoo could succeed at if he's given the opportunity to do so in the future.
“I think he’s definitely on that track," McCarthy said of McAdoo’s possible future as an NFL head coach. “He’s a simple man, but he’s a complex individual. He’s not going to get off track, he’s very, very focused on the priorities of his life, both personally and professionally, so I can you promise you this: He’ll pour everything he has into the offense in New York."
With one year remaining on his current contract, some think that McAdoo could be Tom Coughlin's future successor, especially since he'll turn 68 years old when the 2014 season starts. But Coughlin has stated that he's not even thinking about retirement at this point in his career, and if McAdoo does extremely well in his first season, he could end up using the Giants offensive coordinator position as a stepping stone and finding a head coaching job for the 2015 season.
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