Scratch another candidate off the Miami Dolphins' list of potential offensive coordinators. After interviewing with the team today, Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo agreed to become the New York Giants offensive coordinator tonight.
The Giants have hired Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. More shortly— New York Giants (@Giants) January 14, 2014
McAdoo was considered the favorite for the Dolphins, given the ties between the former Packers position coach and Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Philbin previously served as the Packers' offensive coordinator with McAdoo as his tight ends coach. McAdoo was originally thought to be the favorite to become the Dolphins' offensive coordinator in 2012, when Philbin made the move to Miami, but the Packers blocked the interview at that time.
Now, as a free agent coach, McAdoo was again thought to be destined to reunite with Philbin. However, something seems to have changed that.
Whether it's the contract to which McAdoo agreed with the Giants, or the Dolphins deciding to go another direction and break the reliance on the Packers, or McAdoo deciding he did not like Miami's situation, no one will ever really know. But, with how fast after the interview McAdoo agreed to join New York, it's clear something was definite.
The Dolphins will continue to interview for their vacant offensive coordinator position. Earlier in the day, another candidate, the Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback coach Bill Lazor, agreed to join the Detroit Lions as Jim Caldwell's new offensive coordinator. The team has also interviewed former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
Reports earlier today said the team had also completed an interview with Gary Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans. However, later reports indicated that those reports were incorrect. Kubiak is still considered a potential candidate for Miami.
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