The news that Ben McAdoo is back in the NFL after a two-year, well-paid hiatus should resonate in and around the Giants facility. McAdoo's hiring as the Jaguars quarterback coach should remind Giants co-owner John Mara and his managers that they have to perform far better for new head coach Joe Judge than for Ben McAdoo in his first NFL chief training job.
Do you imagine Judge playing 11: 5 in his first season and contesting the playoffs? What a remarkable achievement that would be. Then imagine that this success was forgotten and the judge was fired 12 games in 2021. Nonsense, you say? Well, it happened to McAdoo in 2016 and 2017 and this dismissal is one of the most glaring memories of the inherent dysfunction during a really low point for the franchise.
Mara knows he messed up McAdoo and he feels bad about how it ended. That will benefit Judge, who can work for a more personal co-owner than McAdoo. If a judge who was hired by the Giants with no experience as head coach at the age of 38 ever crosses McAdoo – also from the Giants without experience as a head coach at 38 – he should buy him a beer or two and thank him for that he accidentally created a more comfortable work environment.
Mara admitted his failure when he said: "It is up to us to be a little more patient with this coach than we may have been in recent years because he is head coach for the first time."
This was much more about McAdoo than Pat Shurmur, who held the office between McAdoo and Judge. The Giants no longer needed a game to determine that the experienced and experienced Shurmur was not suitable for the job.
McAdoo replaced Tom Coughlin after two years as the offensive coordinator and was then the second youngest head coach of the NFL. In its first season, he experienced a year-long upswing from a largely mercenary defense to the playoffs. However, he lost the offensive inexorably, Eli Manning's age showed up, poor chemistry in the secondary phase and not enough conspiracy from those who should have known to conspire to speed up McAdoo's death.
As an offensive coordinator in 2015, McAdoo Manning helped his best statistical season with career highs in degrees, touchdowns and passer-by ratings. But two years later, at a time when Manning needed more and more, the franchise gave him less and less. McAdoo was the scapegoat for the "Benchen" – Manning could have extended his starting series of 210 games, but decided against it. was in New York.
Still, McAdoo was much more involved in the quarterback world than anyone around him with the Giants. He adored Patrick Mahomes, a newcomer to Texas Tech, and was keen that the Giants consider him in the 2017 NFL draft. The decision makers (you may want to take your eyes off before proceeding) preferred Davis Webb and (Lord help us) DeShone Kizer and took Webb to the third round.
It's not generally known that longtime general manager Jerry Reese wanted to hire Coughlin's successor, Mike Smith, who signed the Falcons in a Super Bowl game in the 2012 season, but Mara chose the continuity that McAdoo Manning had and had brought the offensive.
The day McAdoo was fired, Reese said, "He's smarter than all of us in this room, I can tell you." However, Reese was too sphinx-like when McAdoo needed public help. The situation with house abuse by Josh Brown is in the foreground here, as McAdoo lingers in the wind until the bitter end, because the front office and ownership remain silent.
In Jacksonville, 42-year-old McAdoo will work for head coach Doug Marrone and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. He inherits a difficult situation and Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew II fight for the quarterback start job.
"Coach McAdoo brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the quarterback space, and we're happy to add him to our offensive coaching team," said Marrone. "His understanding of the position will be a valuable asset for our team and for the development of this group."
Mara prefers to support his head coach, but is not in his way. During his brief 29-game stay (including the playoffs), he had very few significant one-on-one meetings with McAdoo.
The judge will get more from Mara than Mara McAdoo has given. Advantage, judge.