A whirlwind of a week for Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has ended in the Big Apple as it was announced late this afternoon that he has accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
One of the more unlikeliest of Green Bay Packers coaches to draw interest in other positions, McAdoo was pursued by several teams across the league. It was first announced that the Cleveland Browns wanted him as their head coach, and in addition to his interview with the Giants, McAdoo was also pursued by the Miami Dolphins, now coached by former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
He was also tied to the Baltimore Ravens who lost their offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell, who was announced today as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.
McAdoo has his work cut out for him. The New York Giants’ offense that was 28th in yards, 28th in scoring, 29th in rushing, and 19th in passing. Quarterback Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions.
The loss of McAdoo will provide an opening at the quarterbacks position once again for the Green Bay Packers. When Philbin went to Miami, former Packers QB coach Tom Clements was promoted to offensive coordinator and McAdoo was moved from the tight ends to quarterback, where he spent a single season.
Now the tough decision of filling one of the more crucial coaching spots on the staff falls into the laps once again of head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson. McCarthy, who likes to promote from within, will most likely make a decision as soon as possible, though as of tonight there hasn’t been any kind of timeline announced. Most likely, the Packers will announce their intentions when they are ready.
No doubt, team officials have already been creating a short list of candidates to fill the position, but Packers officials haven’t tipped their hand on who might be on that list.
One of the most talked about of those on-staff would be Alex Van Pelt. He played the position in the NFL and was a QB coach in Buffalo and Tampa Bay. That would be the logical choice up front, but there is also someone like Edgar Bennett, who moved from running backs coach to wide receivers coach with many eyebrows raised. Just throwing it out there …