Nearly half of the league’s 32 teams will have at least one new coordinator in 2014. One of those is the New York Giants, who hired Ben McAdoo as their offensive coordinator to replace Kevin Gilbride in the wake of his retirement last month. As organizations now turn their focus to the personnel on the field, Sports Illustrated broke down the NFL's 10 best coordinator/play-caller hires of 2014.
McAdoo came in at No. 5.
“The Giants aren't known for risk-taking or trend-setting outside-the-box thinking as an organization, but I like the chance they're taking on McAdoo, the 36-year-old first-time coordinator who replaces the retired Kevin Gilbride,” SI.com’s Don Banks wrote about the former Green bay quarterbacks coach. “Under Gilbride, New York's offense last season was predictable and stale, and McAdoo's fresh perspective should inject some much-needed life into the attack. After 10 years of the Tom Coughlin era, the offense is in desperate need of a makeover.”
Banks added: “Likened to a young Andy Reid, McAdoo will have [Eli] Manning getting the ball out quickly and accurately in an attempt to hit receivers in stride and allow them to gain significant chunks of yardage after the catch. It should be a new and exciting way of doing business for a Giants offense that finally ran out of gas in 2013.”
Also included in SI.com’s list were: Gregg Williams (St. Louis, defensive coordinator), Rod Marinelli (Dallas, defensive coordinator), Scott Linehan (Dallas, passing game coordinator and play-caller), Ray Horton (Tennessee, defensive coordinator), Norv Turner (Minnesota, offensive coordinator), Jeff Tedford (Tampa Bay, offensive coordinator), Jim Schwartz (Buffalo, defensive coordinator), Gary Kubiak (Baltimore, offensive coordinator), and Romeo Crennel (Houston, defensive coordinator).