On Tuesday evening, the New York Giants announced that they were hiring a new offensive coordinator to replace the departed Kevin Gilbride. To no surprise, the new coordinator is former Green Bay Packers position coach Ben McAdoo, who interviewed for the job on Monday.
McAdoo, the Packers' former quarterbacks coach, will look to guide an offense that has numerous playmakers but that seriously underachieved in 2013. Eli Manning had easily the worst full season of his career, throwing for 18 touchdowns (a career-low for a full season) and 27 interceptions (a career-high). The Giants finished the season 7-9, their first season under .500 since a 6-10 finish in 2004, Manning's rookie year.
Furthermore, the Giants were shut out twice in 2013 and ranked 28th in the league in both points and total yards. Expect McAdoo to utilize talent like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks more effectively in the coming years.
As quoted by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin had positive things to say about McAdoo:
(He) is a detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy. He has a great relationship with him. The thing I was impressed by is, he's been in San Francisco, he's been in Green Bay, now (New York). He thinks these clubs represent the NFL. He feels privileged to be here. He's looking forward in a very humble way to becoming a New York Giant.
As many have speculated, running backs coach Alex Van Pelt seems the logical choice to move into the vacated quarterbacks coach position in Green Bay. It is a position he held in Buffalo and Tampa Bay, and he remains under contract with the Packers for 2014 so it is unlikely that he will interview elsewhere.
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