The New York Giants announced Thursday that they’ve hired Ben McAdoo as the 17th head coach in team history.
“I am honored to serve as the 17th head coach in the history of the New York Giants franchise,” McAdoo said. “I am thankful to the Mara family, the Tisch family and Jerry Reese for this opportunity. I am appreciative of the support of my family, my wife Toni and our two children (Larkin and BJ) and my parents, brother and sister and in-laws back in Homer City, Pa. 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.”
“Ben is an outstanding young coach who has great experience and has done a good job as our offensive coordinator these past two years,” owner John Mara said. “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.”
“I am happy for Ben and happy for our franchise,” Steve Tisch said. “When I spoke to Ben with my brother Jon, we were both impressed with his understanding of what it means to lead, his thoughts on how to build and establish a sense of team and how to motivate the individual and the group. Ben’s mentors in coaching, including Tom Coughlin, are impressive. We look forward to much success under Ben’s leadership.”
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as reports from last night made it clear that they were going to be promoting McAdoo as Tom Coughlin’s replacement.
The Eagles had shown interest in McAdoo, but the Giants reportedly worked quickly to get an agreement in place once Hue Jackson elected to take the Browns’ head-coaching job.
By keeping McAdoo in New York, they have the opportunity to continue building their offense while maintaining continuity on that side of the ball.
The expectation is that the Giants will promote QBs coach Mike Sullivan to offensive coordinator and retain Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator.
There has been reports that former Dolphins HC Joe Philbin could be hired as assistant head coach, so that’s something to keep an eye on.