Ben McAdoo has officially become the person to follow Tom Coughlin as New York Giants coach.
The Giants announced McAdoo’s appointment on Thursday, preferring the 38-year-old over the five other candidates they interviewed. Only recently hired Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase (37) is younger among NFL head coaches.
McAdoo was New York’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons under Coughlin, who stepped down after 12 seasons — and two Super Bowl titles — with the franchise.
Veteran quarterback Eli Manning was among the people who quickly endorsed the hiring. Promoting McAdoo also keeps Manning playing in a familiar offense.
“I think the Giants ownership made this decision on what’s best for the organization and best for the team,” Manning said in a statement. “I think Coach McAdoo has great leadership skills, and will do a great job being a head coach and leading us in the right direction.
“If a new offensive scheme came in, I would’ve adjusted to it and been able to go out there and play at a high level. I enjoy this offense, I enjoy working with Coach McAdoo. I’m excited about that staying the same.”
While Manning’s support of McAdoo certainly was a factor, the Giants strongly considered former NFL head coaches Mike Smith (Falcons) and Doug Marrone (Bills).
Yet McAdoo stood out despite not having NFL head-coaching experience to a franchise that struggled to a 6-10 record in 2015.
Team chairman Steve Tisch, president John Mara, general manager Jerry Reese and treasurer Jonathan Tisch were all impressed with McAdoo during two separate interviews.
“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 isn’t caught up in the experience factor. He believes the quality of it is what counts.
He landed his first NFL assistant job in 2004 with the New Orleans Saints. He was with the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 before spending the next eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He joined the Giants after the 2013 campaign.
“I have been very fortunate to have a lot of great coaches, administrators and players take an interest in me and my career,” McAdoo said. “It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin.
“I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life, and without the guidance and support of many people, I would not be here right now.”
The Giants scored just 294 points the season before McAdoo was hired to run the offense. New York scored 380 points in 2014 and 420 this past season — the latter ranking fifth in franchise history.
Manning passed for a career-high 35 touchdowns in 2015.
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