With Jackson off the table and the Philadelphia Eagles interested in Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the Giants were moving quickly to hire McAdoo on Wednesday evening. McAdoo, 38, would replace former boss Tom Coughlin after two years as New York's offensive coordinator.
The next domino to fall could be the Eagles’ decision. They appear likely to hire Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson when the Chiefs are eliminated from the postseason. The Chiefs are scheduled to play the New England Patriots on Saturday.
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said he wanted to get a “jump-start” on his coaching search by firing Chip Kelly five days before the regular-season finale. Ten days after that game, two of the Eagles’ candidates have taken jobs with other teams. Adam Gase was hired by the Miami Dolphins over the weekend.
The Eagles have also interviewed Pederson, Coughlin and internal candidates Duce Staley and Pat Shurmur. Staley is the Eagles’ running-backs coach. Shurmur has been the offensive coordinator since Kelly became head coach in 2013.
Shurmur was on Andy Reid’s original coaching staff in Philadelphia. When he came aboard in 1999, Staley and Pederson were both on the Eagles’ roster. Pederson was a quarterback brought in to start until rookie Donovan McNabb was ready to assume the job. Staley was a running back.
Since firing Kelly, Lurie has appeared determined to recapture the stability he had for 14 seasons with Reid. McAdoo has no direct connection with Reid, but his career path was similar. McAdoo coached tight ends and quarterbacks during eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Reid coached tight ends, offensive line and quarterbacks during a 1990s stint with the Packers.
With McAdoo taking over in New York, Lurie is left with three candidates who coached or played under Reid.
Pederson is the likeliest candidate. A friend of Reid’s from their Green Bay days, the coach signed Pederson as a free agent in 1999. Pederson started nine games, winning just two and losing seven, before McNabb took over.
The Eagles released Pederson after the 1999 season. He spent one season in Cleveland before returning to Green Bay, where he was Brett Favre’s backup through the 2004 season.
Pederson began his coaching career at a high school in Louisiana. He coached there for three years before joining Reid’s Eagles staff as a quality-control assistant in 2009. In 2011, Pederson became the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach, a post he held until Reid and the staff were fired after the 2012 season.
Pederson followed Reid to Kansas City. He has been the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator for three seasons. The Chiefs finished 27th in the NFL in yards per game in 2015 but ranked ninth in points scored.