After a whirlwind week of traveling, interviewing and contemplation, Danny Langsdorf's nine-year stint at Oregon State ended when he accepted the New York Giants' offer to become the team's new quarterbacks coach
A week ago, he was content in his role as the offensive coordinator for the Beavers.
"I haven't really looked to get out of here," Langsdorf said.
Then on Monday the phone rang.
On the other end was Ben McAdoo, who was recently named the Giants' offensive coordinator and coached with Langsdorf on the New Orleans Saints' staff in 2004. McAdoo asked if Langsdorf was interested in interviewing. He was.
Inclement weather prevented Langsdorf from getting to New York on Tuesday or Wednesday, but he finally made the trip Thursday and interviewed Friday. By the weekend he was offered and accepted the job to help turn around quarterback Eli Manning.
"Working for Coach [Tom] Coughlin, who has won two Super Bowls, is pretty unique, and looking at the big picture it's pretty exciting," Langsdorf said. "Once it came up, it went fast. I said, 'If I'm going to ever leave, this is as good good reason as any.'"
Coughlin seems equally excited about adding Langsdorf to the staff.
“When I went through the process of studying his years at Oregon State, I was very impressed with the number of quarterbacks that were highly, highly productive in the Oregon State program, including redshirt freshmen," said Coughlin, according to the team's official website. “And also in the years, with Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, they ran the ball. So he has adapted to a lot of different things. Then when I had the opportunity to interview him, I would take specific areas in which I think the college game is doing a darn good job, and his ability to relate and teach in these areas, I thought, was outstanding."
One aspect that Langsdorf said made it more difficult was his relationships with Mannion and Oregon State coach Mike Riley, both of whom he said were supportive.
"[Riley] was great," Langsdorf said, "but he wanted me to stay at the same time."
And he said thinks his departure will be a good thing for Mannion, too.
"I've been with him the whole time," Langsdorf said. "It's funny, he told me 'I've never been in a meeting or practice without you.' So, it'll be good for him ... having a new set of eyes, a new guy coaching him will be good."
Mannion was second in the nation with 4,662 yards last season and will likely become the conference's all-time leading passer next year.
Langsdorf said McAdoo was the reason he ended up with the Giants, but there is another unique connection with the organization. In 2007, Langsdorf donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, the wife of Oregon State offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh. She also happens to the be the sister of the Giants' recently-retired offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.
Gilbride's son, Kevin M. Gilbride, remains on the Giants' staff and will shift from receivers coach to tight ends coach.
Langsdorf has served as Oregon State's offensive coordinator since 2005 and also spent the 1997 and 1998 years at the school as a graduate assistant. There was no immediate word on a replacement.