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New York Giants name McAdoo offensive coordinator

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm •  Published: January 14, 2014
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants offense is seemingly going to go in a new direction.

The Giants on Tuesday hired Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator after a quick two-week search.

The hiring of the 36-year-old McAdoo is a strong indication that there will be changes next season after the offense underperformed under long-time coordinator Kevin Gilbride in missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

"I think this is the best coach for the job," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be exited to hear what he has to say."

McAdoo has spent the past eight seasons mentoring under Mike McCarthy and his uptempo offense. The first six years were as the tight ends coach and the last two working with the quarterbacks.

"We have a great opportunity in front of us and I can't wait to get started," said McAdoo, who interviewed for the job on Monday. "This is obviously a big step. It's also another step in the progression of a coach's career. It's a golden opportunity for me. It's an opportunity I feel I've been groomed for. And I look forward to it."

While the Giants weren't afraid to go for the big play under Gilbride, they were a very traditional offense, stressing the run and a balanced attack. It did lead to two Super Bowl titles, but it looked stagnant this past season with an injury plagued offense line and sub-par season by two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

Gilbride retired after the season, insisting the poor season did not influence his decision and that he was not forced out.

The Giants ranked 28th in the NFL in both yards (307.5) and points per game (18.4) in 2013. Green Bay's offense was third in the league in yards a game (400.3) and tied for eighth in scoring (26.1 points a game).

"I've heard a lot of good things about Coach McAdoo," Manning said. "I was able to talk to him over the phone last week and we had a great conversation. Obviously he's had a ton of success in Green Bay and I look forward to working with him and improving our offense."

The Packers won the NFC North despite having quarterback Aaron Rodgers missed seven games with a broken left collarbone.

After Rodgers was injured, McAdoo had to work with three different starters — Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn, who started four straight games before Rodgers returned for the regular-season finale against Chicago and the playoffs.

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