Giants hire Packers’ Ben McAdoo as new offensive coordinator
The Giants moved quickly in naming a replacement for retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
The team announced Tuesday night they hired Ben McAdoo to fill the position.
McAdoo spent the last two seasons as NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers’ quarterback coach in Green Bay and was the team’s tight ends coach for the previous six seasons.
“This is obviously a big step,” said McAdoo, in a statement. “It’s also another step in the progression of a coach’s career. It’s a golden opportunity for me. It’s an opportunity I feel I’ve been groomed for. And I look forward to it.”
McAdoo is just 36 years old and is seen as a rising offensive coaching star in the league. The deal is reportedly for two seasons and is McAdoo’s first offensive coordinator job at any level.
“I think this is the best coach for the job,” said head coach Tom Coughlin, in a statement. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be exited to hear what he has to say.”
Coughlin is under contract as head coach for just one more season.
Gilbride served as offensive coordinator from 2007-13 and was the quarterbacks coach for the two years before that, making him one of the only offensive coaches Eli Manning has ever worked with in his NFL career.
But Manning struggled through maybe the worst season of his career in 2013 and the writing was on the wall for Gilbride, who chose to retire before ownership made likely changes to the staff.
The Giants ranked near the bottom of the league in most offensive statistics last season, including 28th in yards per game (307.5), 19th in passing yards per game (224.3), 29th in rushing yards per game (83.3) and 28th in points per game (18.4). Manning also threw a league-high 27 interceptions.
Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.