The departure of Tom Coughlin created an issue that Eli Manning has not had to once worry about over the course of his 12 year NFL career. Who was going to be at the helm of the New York Giants at the start of next season?
Luckily for Eli and Giants’ fans alike, John Mara decided to hire from within and filled the vacant spot with none other than Mannings’ offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo.
At this stage in Mannings’ career, starting over in a brand new offensive system would’ve been anything but ideal. If Mara had chosen to hire another of the few head coaching candidates around the league, McAdoo would’ve most likely been out and all of the progress he has made with Eli in his system would’ve been out as well.
In McAdoo’s offense, Manning has flourished. He posted the two best statistical seasons of his career in these last two seasons under McAdoo.
Skeptics will point to the fact that Manning’s numbers only skyrocketed because he was lucky enough to begin throwing to one of the best receivers in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. While Beckham certainly is a nice target to throw to, there’s no doubt that Manning has successfully adapted to the offensive system.
The veteran quarterback had some kind words for his former offensive coordinator and new head coach, “I think Coach McAdoo is a great coach, a great teacher, and will be a great leader of this team. I’m excited to continue to work with him and grow within this offense, and get this organization back where it needs to be”.
The biggest concern with the hire is the fact that Mara and Steve Tisch let go a veteran head coach, for a man that has never held a head coaching position. Mara said that they are not worried about McAdoo’s lack of experience though, and said that they were looking for a coach with something to prove.
He certainly has big shoes to fill, replacing one of the best coaches the NFL has ever seen. Giants’ fans have nothing to worry about though, as everyone that has worked around McAdoo during his time as a coach has offered nothing but praise regarding his work ethic.
McAdoo’s former head coach during his time with the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy, took a moment to comment on his former offensive coordinator’s dedication to the game, “Ben has a tremendous work ethic. Tremendously dedicated, not just to his family but to the coaching profession”.
A hard-working individual that loves the game of football as much as he loves his family is the perfect recipe for the head coach of the New York Giants.