East Rutherford- The Ben McAdoo Era has officially begun in New York as the New York Giants plan to promote their offensive coordinator from the last two seasons to the head coaching role.
Ben McAdoo took over the offense coordinator job for the Giants prior to the 2014 season taking over for two time champion offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. Before coming to New York McAdoo worked for several other NFL franchises.
In 2004 he got his first NFL gig with the New Orleans Saints serving as Offensive quality control coordinator, the following year he left for San Francisco serving the 49ers as the offensive line coach and Offensive quality control coordinator. The following year he got yet anothor gig this time with the Green Bay Packers where he spent the 2006-2013 seasons as tight ends coach from 2006-2011, and Quarterback Coach from 2012-2013. As a Packer coach McAdoo was apart of a super bowl winning team in 2010 earning a super bowl ring.
In his first two seasons in New York the Giants offense has thrived under McAdoo’s system and Quarterback Eli Manning has had two of his best statistical seasons of his career.
Prior to Ben McAdoo’s arrival in New York Eli Manning was already a two time super bowl champion yet his game improved when McAdoo arrived and the stats back that up.
Before McAdoo Manning posted a 58.5% completion rating, had a 229-171 touchdown to interception ratio, and a 81.2 Quarterback rating.
With McAdoo Manning’s completion rating has improved to 62.8%, touchdown to interception ratio is 65-28, and his Quarterback rating is much higher at 92.9. Clearly McAdoo has had a positive effect on Eli Manning and with Manning knowing that the offense system will remain the same with the hire of McAdoo it should ease his evident pain and grief after Tom Coughlin the only Head Coach he has known since coming to New York no longer being in town is being replaced by someone he has great respect for and has strived under.
Eli Manning isn’t the only one who has strived under McAdoo the whole Giants offense as a unit has. Since McAdoo’s arrival the team ranks 4th in passing touchdowns and 9th in points per game proving that McAdoo’s hiring should be positive for the offense.
The big question with the McAdoo’s hiring is how he handle the Giants defense that was the worst in the NFL in 2015, and simply just lacks talent.
It seems as if Steve Spagnuolo who returned as Giants defensive coordinator in 2015 after leading the Giants defense to a super bowl victory in 2007, and back in the day made the Giants defense into one of the most feared in the NFL will return despite not being given the head coaching gig.
McAdoo will now have to work with both Spagnuolo and general manager Jerry Reese on fixing the defense and filling some big holes on the roster with some young, and veteran talent.
McAdoo’s biggest challenge in becoming the head coach of the New York Giants is going to be filling the shoes of a man who led the team to two super bowl victories, three division titles and became a man respected and loved by his players for 12 seasons in Tom Coughlin.
The Giants shouldn’t and don’t expect Ben McAdoo to be Tom Coughlin but they need him to lead a team that will be going into a season will be looking much different in 2016.