After the conclusion of the 2013 season, we saw "Black Monday" claim the jobs of a lot of head coaches in the league. But head coaches weren't the only ones who were issued pink slips from their bosses, as many assistant coaches were told to look for work elsewhere in 2014.
The biggest change the New York Giants made was at offensive coordinator due to the retiring of long-time assistant Kevin Gilbride, which lead to the hiring of Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo. McAdoo is taking the position and will implement a lot of Mike McCarthy's coaching schemes, such as the featuring of the West Coast offense next season.
In fact, before McAdoo's hiring, it was widely expected that Gilbride was going to be fired just days after the conclusion of the 2013 season, due to last year's offensive problems. While Tom Coughlin was expected to battle Giants owner John Mara to save his job, Gilbride ended up retiring, giving Coughlin a pass in having potential arguments and disagreements with Mara. With Gilbride now out of the league, it allowed McAdoo the chance to take the next step in his career, which will be to run an offense and call plays for the first time in his career.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated broke down the 10 best assistant coach/coordinator hires for the 2014 season and named McAdoo the fifth best coaching hire of the offseason. Of the Top 10 that was on the list, McAdoo was listed as the best offensive coordinator of the group; Scott Linehan of the Dallas Cowboys was listed at number three, but he is only considered the passing game coordinator and play caller; even though Bill Callahan is still technically the team's offensive coordinator (great job Jason Garrett.) Banks said hiring McAdoo was a risk the team needed to take to revive their offense.
"The Giants aren't known for risk-taking or trend-setting as an organization, but I like the chance they're taking on McAdoo. Under Gilbride, New York's offense last season was predictable and stale, and McAdoo's fresh perspective should inject some much-needed life into the attack. After 10 years of the Tom Coughlin era, the offense is in desperate need of a makeover. [McAdoo's] main priority is obvious: restoring Eli Manning's faltering game to its Super Bowl-winning level. Manning threw a league- and career-high 27 interceptions last season, and forced way too many throws that ended up costing the offensively-challenged Giants. Likened to a young Andy Reid, McAdoo will have Manning getting the ball out quickly and accurately in an attempt to hit receivers in stride and allow them to gain significant chunks of yardage after the catch. It should be a new and exciting way of doing business for a Giants offense that finally ran out of gas in 2013."
Some have felt that McAdoo's arrival in New York could lead to him being a potential successor for the 67-year-old Tom Coughlin as the Giants head coach, although if things go really well for the Giants and McAdoo is successful in turning the Giants offense around, as well as Eli Manning, there is a very good chance that McAdoo could be in the next wave of must-have assistant coaches that teams will want to hire for a head coach in 2015. Before taking the Giants offensive coordinator job, McAdoo interviewed for the Cleveland Browns head coaching vacancy as well as for the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator job, but opted to head to New York, a move many felt was the best for his coaching career.
Not only is McAdoo implementing many of the coaching styles that he got from McCarthy in Green Bay, there's a very good possibility that he could be a driving influence in some of the Green Bay free agents coming to New York; tight end Jermichael Finley has been highly discussed, as have wide receiver James Jones, running back James Starks and center Evan Dietrich-Smith; all of which will become free agents on March 11.
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