What are Ben McAdoo's first tasks as Head Coach?

Posted Jan 19, 2016's Dan Salomone pinpoints the early tasks for the team's new head coach

When the Giants announced Ben McAdoo as their new head coach last week, the former offensive coordinator said, “I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life.”

Now the work really begins.

While the checklist is endless for a first-year head coach, here are three main areas McAdoo will look to address early in his tenure:


During his introductory press conference on Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, McAdoo had nothing to report about his staff at the time, saying it was a “fluid” situation. As of Tuesday afternoon, the only official move so far is linebackers coach Jim Herrmann taking the same position with the Colts, who also hired former Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin as their offensive line coach.

McAdoo cited Philbin, who coached with him in Green Bay, in his list of people to thank for where he is today. The new Giants coach also said he “thinks the world of” Philbin when asked if he would be a candidate for an assistant position. Talking to ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” this morning, McAdoo said he would have his first staff meeting today and that more people would be coming in for interviews.

“We have about half our staff full right now,” McAdoo said. “And we have to fill that up with high-integrity men and start there.”

McAdoo was also asked Friday if defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo would be back, and while reiterating that everything is fluid, he did say the two had talked.

“Spags and I have had some conversations and, again, the staff is fluid at this point, but we did have some conversations on some things and being the second year in the system is going to help some guys,” McAdoo said of Spagnuolo, who was brought back by Tom Coughlin in 2015. “It’s going to help them with the foundation being set, it will let them play faster, they’ll be able to anticipate things and install.”


After assembling his staff, McAdoo said the next step is to review the game plans for all 16 of last season’s games.

“We’re going to go through our game plans, one through 16, take a look at those -- offense, defense, and special teams -- and then start our self-scout,” McAdoo told “Mike & Mike”. “Look at the cutups and study everything from our first and second down, to our situations to personnel and see how it all ties in and come up with a plan. And then put that plan into practice when we hit OTAs and Phase I and Phase II and the minicamps.”

On April 4, clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2015 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.

Meanwhile, McAdoo said he will examine the injury situation, which caused the Giants to place 21 players on reserve in 2015. That list included two long-snappers.

“That’s something we’re going to dive into that here shortly,” McAdoo said Friday. “That’s a part of a lot of the things that we’re talking about right here. We’re going to take a look at everything and examine it, not rush into any decisions, be smart about it, but that’s something that we’re looking into.”


Coaches will coach, and player personnel will choose personnel just like they have done for years in the Giants organization. That structure won’t change, the top brass said last week, but that’s not to say there isn’t constant, open communication between the two departments. The 2016 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9.

“We expect Ben to come in and hit the ground running,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He’s been here. Obviously, he knows the players. We have a lot of work to do to fill out the rest of the coaching staff. We’re starting to evaluate free agents and players already on the team. We’re working hard to move forward.” Reese said earlier that the Giants’ salary cap situation this year is “is a lot better than it has been for a while.” But the best practice is building through the draft, which will be held April 28-30 in Chicago. The Giants own the 10th overall pick in the first round. In between, the staff will pack up and head to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine from Feb. 23-29.

“We’ll support Jerry any way we can,” McAdoo said. “We want to get the coaches and personnel department pulling in the same direction and do whatever we can to help evaluate a guy and move in that direction.”