Experts react to Coach Ben McAdoo hiring

Posted Jan 14, 2016

Media experts give their take on the Giants' naming of Ben McAdoo as Head Coach

There is a changing of the guard in East Rutherford.

After 12 years, Tom Coughlin stepped down as head coach of the New York Giants, and as it turned out, the organization didn’t have to look far for his replacement. On Thursday, Ben McAdoo, the team’s offensive coordinator and play-caller for the last two seasons, became the 17th coach in franchise history.

Of course, there is plenty of reaction coming in from media outlets across the country. Here is what they are saying about the hire:

Kim Jones, NFL Network

“Eli [Manning] strongly made it known publicly and privately that he wanted to remain in this offense. He likes this offense. He’s been productive. He is a fundamentally better quarterback in this offense; the numbers show it. If you just watch him perform, his footwork, that shows -- all since Ben McAdoo arrived. I’m getting text messages from folks affiliated with the Giants -- lots of exclamation points. Ben McAdoo is popular.”

Mike Garafolo, FOX Sports

“This was a big, big hire for Eli Manning. He said publicly he wanted to make sure the offense could stay as similar as possible, and that means McAdoo or some kind of version of that offense, as it did the last couple years…He’s been under McAdoo for two years after being under Tom Coughlin’s offense, which was also with Kevin Gilbride, so this was a new system for him to learn. He really took well to it. He wanted to make sure it stayed the same.”

Dan Graziano, ESPN

“He has demonstrated some of that intensity, exhibiting a Coughlin-level focus during practices and in meetings. But he's also, the players say, big on individual relationships and knowing which specific buttons work best or worst when pushed on which specific guys. His training under Coughlin, and Mike McCarthy before him, has stressed the importance of coaching the individuals for the good of the whole. Since they've worked with him for two years, the people running the Giants don't worry about what he's like to work with.”

Louis Riddick, ESPN via New York Post

“A relationship-driven coach, which I think is huge. This guy really does earn the respect of the players he coaches, really has a great impact in their confidence and their belief that they can go out and play even above and beyond what they even thought they would. I think special coaches have that trait. Guys like Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, they’re really specialists in that area.

“I played for Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, they get you to play above and beyond anything you thought you could do but they do it a different way. Those guys are very hard on you, demand a lot from you, guys like Pete Carroll and Andy Reid take a different approach and that’s what I heard about coach McAdoo, he is really able to make that connection with you on a one-to-one basis.”

Bob Glauber, Newsday

“Ben McAdoo felt like the right choice all along. But it wasn’t until after talking on Sunday night with two of the most important men in McAdoo’s coaching life that it most assuredly felt like the right move.

“If Aaron Rodgers, one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and his head coach, Mike McCarthy, were willing to vouch for McAdoo, then it makes perfect sense that Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, as well as general manager Jerry Reese, would consider McAdoo the right man to fill the gargantuan shoes of Tom Coughlin.”

Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

“If the Giants hit on this, and people inside the organization believe that they have and have really viewed him as that, then this is something that could lend them some long-term success, give them longevity, some consistency.”

Michael Silver, NFL Network

“They know Ben McAdoo. He could be a potential star. They’re obviously opting for continuity, and we’re talking about great owners who’ve done it the right way for a long time.”