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NFL: Giants hire Homer City native as offensive coordinator

by The Indiana Gazette on January 15, 2014 10:59 AM

Ben McAdoo is leaving the frozen tundra for the Big Apple.

The 36-year-old Indiana County native was hired by the New York Giants on Tuesday to be their next offensive coordinator.

McAdoo spent the past eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, serving as the quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. He was the Packers tight ends coach his first six seasons with the team.

A native of Homer City and a graduate of IUP, McAdoo replaces Kevin Gilbride, who held the position since 2007 prior to his retirement on Jan. 2.

“Working for a class organization like the Giants and a championship coach like Tom Coughlin, and being able to work with Eli Manning, who is a very talented and proven quarterback, is very exciting for me,” McAdoo said. “We have a great opportunity in front of us, and I can’t wait to get started.

“This is obviously a big step. It’s also another step in the progression of a coach’s career. It’s a golden opportunity for me. It’s an opportunity I feel I’ve been groomed for.”

After working with one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, McAdoo will now have the opportunity to work with two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning.

McAdoo will try to provide a facelift to an offense that ranked 28th in total yards (307.5 yards) and points per game (18.4) during a disappointing 7-9 season in 2013.

“This is the best coach for the job,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “With his experiences, I think he brings a lot to the table. Our players are going to be excited to hear what he has to say.”

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Coach McAdoo,” Eli Manning said. “I was able to talk to him over the phone last week, and we had a great conversation. Obviously, he’s had a ton of success in Green Bay, and I look forward to working with him and improving our offense.”

McAdoo is a 1995 graduate of Homer-Center High School.

He coached high school football for four seasons before moving on to the college ranks. He coached at Michigan State, Fairfield, Pitt and Akron prior to breaking into the NFL with the New Orleans Saints in 2004.

He spent one season with the Saints, one season with the San Francisco 49ers, and went with Mike McCarthy to Green Bay when he was hired as the Packers coach in 2006.

“(McAdoo) is a detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy. He has a great relationship with him. The thing I was impressed by is, he’s been in San Francisco, he’s been in Green Bay, now he has an opportunity to come to the New York Giants. He thinks these clubs represent the NFL. He feels privileged to be here. He’s looking forward in a very humble way to becoming a New York Giant.”

Coughlin said there will be changes to the Giants’ offensive scheme.

“We’re going to be an up-tempo, attacking-style offense,” McAdoo promised. “We’re going to play with good energy.”

“He’s a western Pennsylvania guy who has earned everything and he’s earned it the hard way,” Coughlin said. “He works very, very hard. He’s got the dirt under his fingernails. He’s my kind of guy. He’s got the blue-collar work ethic.”

McAdoo will be calling plays for the first time in his NFL coaching career.

“This will be the first job where I call plays on Sunday,” McAdoo said. “When you get your first opportunity in this league, you start to prepare for that (calling plays). I feel like with the way we prepared with the coaches, and Mike McCarthy does a great job getting the coaches ready, we’ll respond. I’m ready to take that task head on.”

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