Giants hire Ben McAdoo as OC

Updated: January 15, 2014, 12:44 PM ET
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

The New York Giants announced Tuesday that they have hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator.

McAdoo, 36, had been the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers for the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent six years as the Packers' tight ends coach.

He's also worked on the staffs of the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints, as well as for Stanford, Akron, Pittsburgh and Michigan State in the college ranks. This will be his first offensive coordinator job.

McAdoo signed a two-year contract with the Giants, according to a source. Coach Tom Coughlin's contract only runs one more year.

The Giants interviewed McAdoo on Monday for the job vacated by the retirement of longtime offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. McAdoo was the fourth candidate to interview for the job, joining former Giants assistant Mike Sullivan, former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains and former Houston Texans quarterbacks coach and UCLA coach Karl Dorrell.

Sullivan had been considered the early favorite due to his prior connections and knowledge of the offense, but some in the Giants hierarchy have been pushing Coughlin to consider a more drastic change, and the hiring of McAdoo indicates that is indeed possible. Quarterback Eli Manning is coming off the worst season of his career, having thrown a league-high and career-high 27 interceptions.

McAdoo interviewed with the Dolphins on Tuesday for their vacant offensive coordinator position and with the Cleveland Browns recently for their vacant head-coaching position. The Baltimore Ravens, whose offensive coordinator, Jim Caldwell, was hired Tuesday as the Detroit Lions' new coach, also were interested in talking to McAdoo, but he'd already agreed to join the Giants' staff.

McAdoo drew interest from teams the past two offseasons, but the Packers blocked him from some interviews because they thought highly of his abilities. His contract expired this year, though.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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