ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported last night that Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has been hired by the New York Giants to be their offensive coordinator.
McAdoo will replace the departed Kevin Gilbride, who had served in that role since 2007. Gilbride was a part of two Super Bowl championship teams as a member of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s staff.
Prior to accepting the job with the Giants, McAdoo had also interviewed with the Cleveland Browns for their head coaching vacancy and also for the offensive coordinator position with the Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin was offensive coordinator in Green Bay when McAdoo was tight ends coach.
The Baltimore Ravens had also reportedly asked the Packers for permission to interview McAdoo, but he had accepted the job with the Giants before he could meet with the Ravens.
The Packers now need to fill this important role and the popular choice among discussion circles is their current running backs coach Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt served as quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2008 and was in a dual role as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with them in 2009.
Van Pelt joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their quarterbacks coach in 2010 and 2011 before coming to the Packers in 2012 in his current role.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed much admiration and respect for McAdoo on his weekly ESPN Milwaukee radio show last week and also had high praise for current offensive coordinator and former quarterbacks coach Tom Clements. Rodgers liked the fact that Clements had been a quarterback before and hopes the Packers can bring someone in to help him maintain the high level of play that he has exhibited over the past few seasons.
Van Pelt was on the Bills’ roster as a quarterback from 1995 – 2003, mostly as a backup.
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