Ben McAdoo Leaves Packers to Become Giants Offensive Coordinator

The loss of McAdoo leaves a position open on the coaching staff of the Packers.

Either Ben McAdoo has been told he wouldn't receive the head coaching job of the Cleveland Browns or he felt he could no longer wait for an offer after interviewing last week, accepting the job as offensive coordinator of the New York Giants on Tuesday.

The former Packers quarterbacks coach also interviewed for offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins under former colleague Joe Philbin, which seemed like a likely landing spot given the connection between the two.

McAdoo spent the past eight seasons as an assistant on Mike McCarthy's staff, first as a tight ends coach, then as quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, following in the footsteps of another former Packers assistant, Andy Reid, who went on to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

McAdoo was named quarterbacks coach of the Packers two seasons ago when Joe Philbin left to become head coach of the Dolphins and Tom Clements was promoted to offensive coordinator.

The loss of McAdoo leaves a position open on the current Packers staff. The internal candidates to take over as quarterbacks coach include running backs coach Alex Van Pelt, who previously coached quarterbacks on the staff of the Buffalo Bills, and wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett, who might jump at the opportunity to broaden his horizons and coach another new position.

If either Van Pelt or Bennett were to switch positions, it would still leave an open spot open on the Packers staff, one that will eventually need to be filled from outside the organization.

 

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pooch's picture

January 14, 2014 at 08:55 pm

Good,get new blood in GreenBay

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4thand1's picture

January 14, 2014 at 09:09 pm

Funny, Packers coaches are so bad that other teams want them. I'll bet if MM retired teams would be beating down his door to hire him. Same with TT. Then we'd be screwed. But the trolls would be rejoicing in the streets. For about a half a season when everything turns to shit.

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cLowNEY42's picture

January 14, 2014 at 09:59 pm

Yep - nothin' but stellar qb play up in GB this year.
Everything McAdoo touched pretty much turned to gold.

And Perry sure had those safeties tearin' it up.

Imagine how screwed we would have been without our ILB play... THANKS MOSS!

Special teams looked sweet (again) - keep up the good work, Sloc!

And we clearly have Trgo to thank for the brick-wall type effort provided by the DL. When a big time stop was needed... we knew we count on those guys. Trgo'd have 'em ready, alright.

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4thand1's picture

January 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm

lmfao, mention troll and guess who rears his ugly head. Hi cow.

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zeke's picture

January 14, 2014 at 10:59 pm

I can never keep it straight: is it the shitty players or the inept coaches that are to blame? And where does the horrific front office fit in? So confusing...

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Clay's picture

January 14, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Amen 4th and 1. Giants are one of Cows fav teams to dangle as a model of success.

Strange how they don't share his wisdom.

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WKUPackFan's picture

January 15, 2014 at 01:11 am

Edgar Bennett was a very smart, as well as talented, football player. He seems like he would be fine as QB coach.

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Derek in CO's picture

January 15, 2014 at 09:11 am

I don't understand why a former RB would coach WRs (or QBs) and a former QB wouldn't coach QBs. Alex Van Pelt should coach QBs, and Edgar Bennett should coach RBs. Donald Driver or Antonio Freeman could coach WRs, how about that?

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Brian Carriveau's picture

January 15, 2014 at 09:17 am

Coaching and playing are two different things. You don't necessarily have to have played the position in order to coach it. Might it help? Sure, but it's not a necessity. Just note that Mike McCarthy, a former tight end, has become one of the premiere quarterback gurus in all of football.

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Arlo's picture

January 15, 2014 at 10:34 am

"premiere quarterback gurus in all of football"

Wow. That's a good one. Another media myth. AR was going to be successful no matter the HC.

The rest of the list doesn't awe anyone. --- Ingle Martin, Matt Flynn, Brian Brohm, BJ Coleman, Graham Harrell, Vince Young, Seneca Wallace, even Tolzien at this point.--- GB's back-up QB position was a mess last Aug. & well into the season. QB guru?? Not in the real world.

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zeke's picture

January 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

Rich Gannon, Brett Favre, Elvis Grbac, Steve Bono, Aaron Brooks... But I'm sure they would all have found success no matter who was coaching them, as well.

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Arlo's picture

January 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

Come on zeke --- BF was a HOF QB before Mac ever met him. A. Brooks barely played as a Packer. The rest never played as Packers.

Next, you'll be giving Mac credit for all the great QBs he developed back in the 80s at the University of Pittsburgh.

Try to stay in the 21st century. Think relevance.

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RC Packer Fan's picture

January 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Didn't McCarthy Coach Brooks in New Orleans?

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zeke's picture

January 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

His entire body of work as a coach is relevant, in both the 20th and 21st centuries. And I guess Rodgers talent was so obvious and above coaching that he was the consensus #1 pick coming out of college, and that teams that had gone literally a generation without a franchise quarterback picked him when they had the chance. Because coaching doesn't matter.

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Phatgzus's picture

January 15, 2014 at 11:09 pm

Yeah, A-Rodge wasn't exactly tearing it up early in his career.

Are you really basing an entire argument on hypotheticals? e.g. Some evolutionary biologists, animal behaviorists, and paleontologists posit that if dinosaurs still existed that raptors, not humans, would be the dominant species.

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Phatgzus's picture

January 15, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Agreed, and QBs coach for the Buffalo Bills hasn't exactly been a glowing commendation since the early '90s.

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TommyG's picture

January 15, 2014 at 06:57 pm

WOW! Again, our coaching staff gets gutted. This is such a huge off-season for us. Not only do we need to fix the defensive woes, but also find another group of good coaches.

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