Ben McAdoo, one of the internal favorites to replace Tom Coughlin, was hired as the 17th head coach in New York Giants history, the team announced Thursday. McAdoo, who has served as the offensive coordinator under Coughlin for the past two seasons, will be introduced at a news conference on Friday morning.
Although it will be difficult to move into the post-Tom Coughlin era, Ben McAdoo will make the transition smooth, as he has developed fabulous relationships with both Eli Manning and Odell Beckham. This tandem’s production will be vital to the rejuvenation of the New York Giants.
“I am honored,” McAdoo said in a statement. “… I have been very fortunate to have a lot of great coaches, administrators and players take an interest in me and my career. 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 front office has fully backed their decision, as team president John Mara said, “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 will have to prove himself quickly, as the Giants have missed the playoffs the past four years for the first time since 1977-1980. As one of only four franchises with multiple Super Bowl wins this century, McAdoo will be expected to take New York back to the postseason immediately.
McAdoo has the necessary talent at his disposal; Giants fans just have to hope he’s better at clock management than his predecssor.