A two week search for a new head coach ended on Wednesday for the New York Giants when they turned to their own offensive coordinator. The team will promote Ben McAdoo to be their new head coach, filling the vacancy created when Tom Coughlin resigned, putting the man initially considered to be the favorite candidate into the job. McAdoo will become the second-youngest head coach in the league, a year older than the newly hired Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.
McAdoo came to the Giants from the Green Bay Packers in 2014. His offensive system led to two great years for quarterback Eli Manning, including his best career passer rating this past season.
An interesting connection for McAdoo could be to hire former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin as his offensive coordinator. McAdoo could continue to call plays while Philbin, who served as the Packers offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2011 when McAdoo was the tight ends coach for Green Bay. Philbin did not call plays in the Packers offense, and could fill the same role under his former assistant with the Giants.
New York interviewed Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach Doug Marrone, and former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith, along with their own defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in addition to McAdoo and Gase, before he was hired by the Dolphins. The team had been scheduled to interview Hue Jackson on Thursday, but the Cleveland Browns agreed to terms with Jackson before he could leave for the interview.