The New York Giants have hired Ben McAdoo as their head coach, the franchise announced Thursday afternoon. He will be introduced Friday morning.
“Ben is an outstanding young coach who has great experience and has done a good job as our offensive coordinator these past two years,” team president John Mara said in a statement. “Jerry and I interviewed six impressive candidates, and when we were through with that process, we had another conversation with Ben, as did Steve and Jon Tisch. We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire. Ben has been preparing for this opportunity since he started coaching, and he has earned his stripes every step of the way. Some have suggested he may not be ready, and as I said last week, we want a coach who feels like he has something to prove.”
McAdoo, 38, spent the past two seasons as the Giants' offensive coordinator, giving him something in common with Bill Parcells, as both were promoted to Big Blue's head job after the previous coach had stepped down or been dismissed.
He jumped into coaching as a sophomore at Indiana University of Pennsylvania as an assistant at Homer-Center High School, then snagged his first college job as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in 2001. McAdoo joined the NFL in 2004 as an offensive quality control assistant with the New Orleans Saints, spent the 2005 season with the San Francisco 49ers, and then cut his teeth in an eight-year stint as the Packers' tight ends and quarterbacks coach.
New York represented McAdoo's first coordinator job, and now it will be his first head coaching gig as well.
The Giants are the third NFL franchise to fill their head coaching vacancy to this point. The Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins remain open at this time.
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