14 January 2016

Ben McAdoo is the new New York Giants head coach

(Ben Solomon/NY Times)
Ten days after Tom Coughlin was fired resigned as the team's head coach, the New York Giants have found his replacement by promoting from within. As first reported last night by Ian Rapoport, the team has promoted offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo to the big job, the first new coach of the team in over a decade.

The Giants won a pair of Super Bowls during the Coughlin era, but they also have not made the playoffs since defeating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI four years ago. Can McAdoo get the Giants moving back in the right direction?

The Giants, in the wake of missing out on a potential interview with Hue Jackson, who was hired yesterday by the Browns, moved quickly to promote McAdoo as the Eagles also appeared close to hiring McAdoo themselves. What is also interesting related to the Eagles is that not too long after McAdoo accepted the Giants job, Coughlin withdrew himself from consideration for the Eagles job.

While somebody could note that during the two seasons that McAdoo was calling the plays as the offensive coordinator, they had their two worst seasons since the first season under Coughlin, one could also point out that his offenses have not been the problem. New York finished 8th overall in offense in 2015 and 10th in offense in 2014 and most importantly, Eli Manning has had two of the finest seasons of his career. Manning is clearly a fan of McAdoo and his excitement over the hire is certainly a good thing considering that Manning is approaching the twilight of his career.

It looks like McAdoo will be having a lot of continuity with his staff from Coughlin's as he will still call the plays, quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will replace him as offensive coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo will remain the defensive coordinator. While it isn't surprising that a conservative franchise like the Giants would want some continuity from the previous staff to the new staff, do you really want to have much continuity from a team that has gone 12-20 in their past two seasons? And specifically you could raise the question regarding keeping Spagnuolo on board because while he didn't have a great deal of talent on the defensive end at his disposal, the Giants have been really bad these two seasons defensively with him running the defenses.

I think an interesting question now for the Giants was were the plan all along was to groom McAdoo for the head coaching job once Coughlin retired or was pushed out or were they pushed to promote McAdoo considering that other teams were looking at him for their head coaching gigs? Or this could have very well happened organically. In the end, I like McAdoo, I think he's a good coach and I think he could very well do a good job as head coach of the Giants. That said, I do wonder if the powers that be in the franchise were too willing to stick with as close of the status quo possible.

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