New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will be interviewing for the Philadelphia Eagles head coach vacancy. Last week, the Eagles announced that Chip Kelly was released – to the great relief of Giants fans – well before what’s commonly known as “Black Monday”, in which a number of coaches lose their jobs. Before yesterday, McAdoo lead the list of candidates to replace Tom Coughlin when he resigned or was fired. Now it seems McAdoo’s future is even more up in the air.
Though McAdoo’s play-calling has come into question, especially in critical junctures in the game – a run on 3rd and 10 in the 4th quarter when you’re down by 8 – his blueprint has been considered a success. As far back as last December, it appeared the Giants were grooming Ben to be the head coach the way Dallas did with current head coach Jason Garrett. But, the Giants might have to audible to keep McAdoo and if they’re not careful, they could lose their most promising coach in years.
Under Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning has been rejuvenated, putting up career best numbers. Manning led the league in passing touchdowns this season. Odell Beckham, Jr. is breaking receiving records in his first two seasons. The offense ranked 6th the league in points scored and 8th in total yards. The Giants rushing attack had been paltry before Rashad Jennings stepped up with a string of impressive efforts to close out the season.
In 2014, many wondered if the Giants made the right decision hiring the former Packers tight end coach. The offense looked very out of sync and ineffective in the first half of the season, but after Victor Cruz went down with a season-ending injury against the Eagles and Odell Beckham, Jr. emerged as a legitimate threat, the offense began to click, putting up 24 or more points in the last six games.
While I voice outrage on Twitter about Ben’s mystical play calls, I’ve also expressed tremendous praise for his ingenuity. I’m not alone when I say we need to see more of McAdoo and definitely not in Eagles gear twice a year.