Ben McAdoo, who helped guide Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a MVP season in 2011, will reportedly interview for the Giants’ offensive coordinator position this weekend according to NJ.com.
The 36-year-old McAdoo has been the Packers quarterbacks coach for two seasons after replacing Joe Philbin, now the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Prior to that assignment, McAdoo spent five years as the team’s tight ends coach.
Widely regarded as an up-and-coming young coach, McAdoo has drawn interest as a candidate for the head-coaching job in Cleveland.
McAdoo, pronounced (MACK-ah-doo), has never been a coordinator at any level. Prior to his time in Green Bay, he was an assistant offensive line/quality control coach in 2005 for the San Francisco 49ers.
He also worked with Packers head coach Mike McCarthy when the two were assistant coaches on the New Orleans Saints staff. There, McAdoo was an offensive assistant/quality control coach.
McAdoo’s candidacy for a more high profiled position has drawn the full support of Rodgers, who during his weekly radio show with ESPN Wisconsin, spoke glowingly about his position coach.
“I sent him a text,” Rodgers told ESPN Wisconsin(via Cleveland.com). “I said, ‘Make sure you put me down as a reference.’
“Any opportunities he gets, he deserves. He’s a guy that works extremely hard. We had a long talk yesterday, and I just continued to echo the things that I felt about him and appreciate about him.’”
McAdoo is the third candidate identified as a possible successor to Kevin Gilbride, who announced his retirement last week.
The team reportedly met with Mike Sullivan, a former Giants assistant coach who was most recently the offensive coordinator with Tampa Bay, on Wednesday.
They are also reportedly scheduled to meet with Dowell Loggains, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans.
Loggains has an indirect tie to the Giants thanks to his work with former Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer.
All three coaching candidates have had experience working with quarterbacks, experience that could potentially lead to dual responsibilities as the team’s offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
Although no time frame has been announced regarding a target date for having a new offensive coordinator on board, presumably the Giants would like to have a decision made before the annual Senior Bowl week begins in Mobile, Alabama on January 20-25.