So the Giants have their new head and he is a familiar face in Ben McAdoo.
It did not hurt that the franchise quarterback, Eli Manning, was quite vocal in the support of McAdoo once it became official that Tom Coughlin was being pushed out the door after 12 years. Under the guidance of McAdoo, Manning saw his completion percentage rise and he put together back-to-back 30-plus touchdown seasons for the first time in his career. It also does not hurt that Odell Beckham Jr. exploded onto the NFL scene and has become one of the top wide receivers in the sport.
However, even with the performances of Manning and the emergence of Beckham Jr., it did not equate to winning years the past two seasons. Here is what I find amazing with the Giants' hire - the Giants are basically telling all of us that Coughlin was the problem.
Giants owner John Mara was defensive about this point, but actions speak louder than words and the Giants' actions belabor this point. Coughlin did not forget how to coach, but the decision to get the band back together and take another run at it without Coughlin basically depicts the two-time Super Bowl winning coach as the problem.
When you lose, blame goes all the way around. But most of the blame for the Giants' failures in 2015 and for the past four seasons does not rest on the shoulders of the 69-year-old former Giants head coach. What the hiring of McAdoo does show you is that there was not a candidate that overwhelmed them in the interview process. It shows you that Mara and others headed the advice of their 35-year-old franchise quarterback. It also shows you that the Giants realized that it was not time for systemic change.
Mara himself said the Giants have lost some credibility recently. So, it is a win-now situation in East Rutherford.
You have a 35-year-old quarterback who is comfortable in the offense he is currently in and does not want to change. It is a quarterback’s league and you want to make sure Manning is happy and he certainly is knowing that he does not have to learn a new offense at this stage of his career. After all, Manning signed a new four-year, $84-million dollar contract extension before the start of the season. He is not going anywhere and if the Giants want to win a third Super Bowl with Manning, they have to get moving and need to do it quickly. General Manager Jerry Reese and Co. will have around $48.8 million to spend in free agency to address a defense that was ranked last in the NFL and to address an overall roster that lacked quality depth.
The Giants still believe in their quarterback. The quarterback believed in his offensive coordinator and the offensive coordinator just became the head coach. Once McAdoo drew some interest from the Eagles, the Giants acted quickly to secure the comfort level of their quarterback. So as we look back at this entire process, we see that the Giants really had nowhere else to turn. The deck was stacked in favor of McAdoo, so when he was introduced it should have come as no surprise.
His suit might not have fit right, but McAddo is the correct and only choice for the quarterback. In McAdoo (and Eli) they trust.
Eli got his man, and the Giants hope winning days will follow.