Today the New York Giants hired former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator. The Giants had a vacancy created at the position by the retirement of Kevin Gilbride, whether that retirement was an organizational suggestion or Gilbride’s decision is up for some debate. There is no longer a debate as to who will replace the long time Giants OC.
McAdoo, 36, has been the QB coach for the Packers since 2011 and in that time the Packers have had a very effective passing offense, spearheaded by Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, arguably the league’s best player.
I was surprised by this news, I was under the assumption that the Giants were going to fill the void left by Gilbride’s departure with former Giants coach, and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan. Sullivan was the early favorite to land the job, but ultimately McAdoo was the Giants man.
It has been reported that McAdoo’s deal is for only two seasons, so he will have to prove himself early in order to remain in that position for an extended period of time. McAdoo inherits a offensive unit that has a franchise quarterback in place, but has question marks at every other position. The offensive line is in a state of rebuild, the running back position is a mystery and Hakeem Nicks, a staple at the receiver spot in recent years, may be on his way out the door.
McAdoo has his work cut out for him in New York, but if he is successful in turning around the Giants offense I would not be surprised if he lands himself a Head Coaching position sometime in the near future, especially given the recent NFL trend of hiring young coaches rather than older, more expensive, former head coaches.