The New York Giants settled on Ben McAdoo as the team’s new head coach on Thursday, following Tom Coughlin’s resignation last week. Before joining the Giants as offensive coordinator in 2014, McAdoo served on Mike McCarthy’s staff with the Green Bay Packers.
After hearing the news of McAdoo’s big promotion, McCarthy provided clear support of New York’s decision.
Via the Packers’ official Twitter account:
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McCarthy on Ben McAdoo: Can't tell you how proud I am. He's ready & deserving.
McCarthy brought McAdoo with him when he came to Green Bay from San Francisco in 2006. McAdoo was the tight ends coach on McCarthy’s staff for the first six seasons (2006-2011). After that, he was promoted to quarterbacks coach. He held that position for two seasons (2012-2013); Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw 56 touchdowns and 14 interceptions during that span, yielding an impressive passer rating of 106.9.
The 2013 season presented a particularly challenging task for McAdoo, as Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone and missed seven games. The Packers struggled with Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace at quarterback before signing Matt Flynn, who did just enough to save the season. Rodgers returned in Week 17 to beat the Chicago Bears, resulting in an unspectacular 8-7-1 record and an NFC North title.
Since joining the Giants, McAdoo has helped Eli Manning put up career-best statistics. Continuity at the quarterback position was a key factor leading to his head-coaching nod.