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McAdoo's career path a familiar one

1/7/2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Coaching quarterbacks for the Green Bay Packers has often been a direct or indirect path to becoming a head coach.

Mike McCarthy, Steve Mariucci, Marty Mornhinweg, and Andy Reid all held that job on their way to the top.

Now, it could be Ben McAdoo’s turn.

We wrote earlier on Monday that the Packers’ current quarterbacks coach might have opportunities to advance.

Not long after that, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that the 36-year-old McAdoo will interview with the Cleveland Browns, who are seeking a head coach after firing Rob Chudzinski after only one season.

McAdoo has been on McCarthy’s staff since the beginning. He was hired in 2006 to coach tight ends before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2011 to replace Tom Clements, who was moved up to offensive coordinator when Joe Philbin became the Miami Dolphins head coach.

Philbin is looking for an offensive coordinator after he fired former Packers head coach Mike Sherman on Monday. McAdoo would be a logical choice for that position if he doesn’t land the Browns’ job.

As we wrote this morning, the Packers have a natural replacement for McAdoo already on staff in running backs coach Alex Van Pelt. The former Buffalo Bills quarterback coached the position with the Bills for two seasons (2008-09) and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons (2010-11) and also was the Bills offensive coordinator in 2010.