NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 8:50 PM
Ben McAdoo becomes the Giants new head coach after just two years as offensive coordinator.
It’s a good bet that John Mara knows Ben McAdoo’s name now.
McAdoo, the Giants offensive coordinator who Mara once said he didn’t know “from Bob McAdoo”, is on the verge of becoming the Giants’ next head coach, according to multiple team and league sources. There was no official announcement from the team, and none was expected on Wednesday night.
However, the 38-year-old McAdoo – who was the favorite from the start – was closing in on a deal to replace Tom Coughlin, the source said, and it could be announced as early as Thursday.
McAdoo was one of six candidates the Giants interviewed and was the only one who came with the strong endorsement of quarterback Eli Manning. He had impressed the Giants with the work he had done since joining Coughlin’s staff. Despite personnel deficiencies and a struggling team, his offenses ranked 10th in 2014 and eighth this past season.
Manning, who just turned 35, had one of his finest statistical seasons under McAdoo in 2015.
That was a huge consideration for the Giants as they undertook the tall task of replacing their two-time Super Bowl-winning coach, who stepped aside (under a little bit of pressure) on Jan. 4. With time running out on Manning’s career, the Giants didn’t necessarily want him to have to learn a new offense – especially since he seemed to be thriving under McAdoo’s direction.
Eli Manning has spoken highly of McAdoo after thriving under him as coordinator the last two season.
Still, the Giants had a somewhat “extensive” interview process. They talked to McAdoo, Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase, former Bills coach Doug Marrone, former Falcons coach Mike Smith, and Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. They also planned to interview former Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Thursday before he took the Cleveland Browns head coaching job instead.
All along, sources insisted that McAdoo was the favorite. The only question was whether Mara would be willing to pull the trigger on an assistant with no previous head coaching experience. Marrone was considered the fallback candidate, though in recent days many seemed to be suggesting Smith was a serious candidate as well.
In the end, though, the Giants went with McAdoo. And it’s possible they snared him away from the Philadelphia Eagles who interviewed him for their head coaching vacancy and were very impressed, according to a league source. There were even reports that the Eagles were on the verge of hiring McAdoo, though it wasn’t immediately clear if that was the case.
McAdoo, meanwhile, had begun calling assistant coaches around the league last week in an attempt to assemble a possible staff. One coach who is expected to join him, according to a league source, is former Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin. The two of them worked together in Green Bay when Philbin was the offensive coordinator with the Falcons. It’s possible he will end up as the offensive coordinator with the Giants as well, even if McAdoo decides to call his own plays.