Coaches

Ben McAdoo
Head Coach

Biography

Ben McAdoo had one of the most successful debut seasons by a head coach in Giants history in 2016.

McAdoo, hired as the 17th head coach of the franchise on Jan. 14, 2016, led the team to an 11-5 record and its first postseason berth since 2011. He was the NFL’s first rookie head coach to win at least 11 games since Chuck Pagano was 11-5 with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.
Ben McAdoo had one of the most successful debut seasons by a head coach in Giants history in 2016.

McAdoo, hired as the 17th head coach of the franchise on Jan. 14, 2016, led the team to an 11-5 record and its first postseason berth since 2011. He was the NFL’s first rookie head coach to win at least 11 games since Chuck Pagano was 11-5 with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.

McAdoo tied Dan Reeves (1993) for the most victories by a Giants head coach in his first season with the team. McAdoo was the fourth coach with double-digit victories in his initial Giants season:

McAdoo is the fourth coach in franchise history to lead the team to the playoffs in his first season, joining Allie Sherman (1961), Reeves (1993) and Fassel (1997).

When the Giants defeated Dallas, 20-19, on Sept. 11 and New Orleans, 16-13, the following week, McAdoo joined Reeves (1993) and Joe Alexander (1926) as the only head coaches to win their first two games as Giants head coach.

The Giants finished 11-5 and in second place in the NFC East after finishing 6-10 and in third place in both 2014 and 2015. The five-game improvement in victories was their biggest since 2005, when they were also 11-5 one year after finishing 6-10.

McAdoo led the Giants to a 7-1 record at home, their best mark in the seven-year history of MetLife Stadium (previous best: 6-2 in 2012) and their best home record since they were 7-1 in Giants Stadium in 2008. The Giants won their last six home games, their longest such streak since they won their first six games at home in 2008.

The Giants were 4-4 on the road, their best record as visitors since 2011, when they were 5-3. They were 3-5 on the road in each of the previous four seasons.

The Giants finished 4-2 in NFC East games, their best record within the division since they were 4-2 in 2013. They twice defeated the Dallas Cowboys, the only team to finish ahead of them in the division standings. The Giants’ 2-1 record in division road games was their best since they were 2-1 in 2013.

McAdoo was the team’s offensive coordinator in 2014-15, when the Giants’ offense was one of the most productive in the NFL. When he joined the franchise prior to the 2014 season, McAdoo took command of an offense that had finished 28th in the NFL the previous season. In 2013, the Giants averaged 307.5 yards per game, 83.3 rushing and 224.3 passing. They scored 294 points.

In two seasons with McAdoo formulating game plans and calling the plays, the Giants’ offense ranked 10th and eighth, respectively, in the NFL. They averaged 367.2 and 372.3 total yards, 100.2 and 100.6 rushing yards, and 267.0 and 271.7 passing yards. The Giants’ passing yardage total was the seventh-highest in the NFL in both 2013 and 2014. Their point totals were 380 in 2014 and 420 in the 2015 season.

The Giants scored at least 24 points in each of their final six games of the 2014 season and the 2015 season opener, their longest such streak since they scored 24 or more points in eight consecutive games from Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 1963.

The Giants’ 420 points in 2015 was the fifth-highest total in franchise history, and their 5,952 net yards was the third-highest total. The 2015 Giants set franchise records for pass attempts (623, the old record was 616 in 2003) and completions (392, the old record was 383 in 2014). Their completion percentage of 62.9 was tied for the second-highest in team history; the record of 63.1 was set in 2014, McAdoo’s first season with the team.

In 2015, the Giants totaled 4,347 net passing yards, the second-highest total in franchise history. The record of 4,734 was set in 2011. The Giants threw 36 touchdown passes in 2015 (35 by Eli Manning), the second-highest total in franchise history; the 1963 Giants threw 39 touchdown passes.

Last season, McAdoo continued his play-calling role as head coach. With Eli Manning throwing every pass, the Giants had 598 attempts (the fifth-highest total in franchise history) and 377 completions (third-highest total). The Giants’ completion percentage of 63.0 was the second highest in franchise history, just behind the record of 63.1 set in 2014 and just ahead of the 62.9 rate in 2015.

The Giants allowed 22 sacks – five fewer than in 2015 – the third-lowest total in the league after Oakland (18) and Pittsburgh (21).

Manning, a two-time Super Bowl MVP, has had three of the finest seasons of his career under McAdoo.

In 2013, the season prior to McAdoo’s arrival, Manning completed 58.5 percent of his passes and threw for 3,818 yards, 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. Manning’s three-year averages under McAdoo are a 62.9 completion percentage, 4,290 yards, 30 touchdown passes and 14.7 interceptions. Manning’s 35 touchdown passes in 2015 are a career high and just one shy of the franchise record set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Y.A., Tittle in 1963. In 2016, Manning exceeded 4,000 passing yards for the third consecutive season and the sixth time in his career.

Before joining the Giants, McAdoo – who will be 40 when the 2017 season opens - spent eight years as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, the first six as the team’s tight ends coach and the final two as the quarterbacks coach.

During his tenure in Green Bay, the Packers earned six playoff berths, won four NFC North titles and defeated Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

He began mentoring the Packers’ quarterbacks in 2012, one year after Aaron Rodgers was selected the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. Rodgers continued to excel under McAdoo’s direction. He was voted the NFC Pro Bowl starter after completing 371 of 552 attempts for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns against only 8 interceptions, and leading the league in passer rating for the second consecutive season (108.0).

In 2013, Rodgers missed seven games with a fractured collarbone and McAdoo was forced to prepare three other players to start at quarterback (Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn). Even with the frequently changing cast at the quarterback position, Green Bay won the NFC North championship with an 8-7-1 record. The Packers’ offense finished the season ranked third in the NFL (400.3 yards a game) and, despite missing Rodgers for almost half the season, sixth in passing yards (266.8). When he did play, Rodgers was outstanding, completing 66.6 percent of his passes, throwing for 17 touchdowns against only 8 interceptions and finishing with a passer rating of 104.9.

In McAdoo’s final season as the Packers’ tight ends coach in 2011, he helped then fourth-year pro Jermichael Finley return to the field following a season-ending knee injury suffered the previous year. Finley was named a Pro Bowl alternate after playing in all 16 games for the first time and setting new career highs with 767 yards and 8 touchdowns, while matching his previous career best with 55 catches. He was the first tight end in Green Bay history with two 55-catch seasons. McAdoo also helped develop second-year tight ends Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless.

In 2010, the Packers won the Super Bowl as the NFC’s sixth seed with significant contributions from McAdoo’s tight ends. Finley got off to a torrid start, posting 21 catches for 301 yards and a touchdown in the opening four games. That included back-to-back 100-yard receiving performances as Finley joined Paul Coffman (1979) as the only tight ends in Packers history to accomplish that feat.

After Finley sustained his knee injury on the opening series at Washington in Week 5, Quarless, then a rookie, and Crabtree, a first-year pro, moved into more significant roles under McAdoo’s guidance. Quarless went on to catch 21 passes for 238 yards, the best marks by a Green Bay rookie tight end in each category since Bubba Franks (34-363) in 2000. Quarless’ 62 receiving yards at Detroit in Week 14 were the most by a Packers rookie tight end since Ron Kramer had 68 at Detroit on Nov. 28, 1957.

In 2009, McAdoo oversaw one of the most productive seasons by the tight ends in team history. With the emergence of young players Finley and Spencer Havner, along with veteran Donald Lee, Green Bay’s tight ends posted a collective 99 receptions for 1,048 yards, franchise records in both categories.

Finley (55 receptions) and Lee (37) became the first tight-end duo in franchise history to each post 35-plus receptions in the same season, and they were one of only two tandems in the league to do so in 2009, along with New Orleans’ Jeremy Shockey and David Thomas. With Finley (5 scores) and Havner (4), the Packers were the only team in the NFL to have two tight ends catch at least 4 touchdown receptions apiece.

Finley was a third-round draft choice in 2008 and McAdoo helped him learn the pro game as a rookie, when the first-year pro posted 3 receptions for 64 yards and his first NFL touchdown in the final two games.

In 2007, it was former backup Lee who had a breakout year after moving into the starting role. Lee tallied career highs with 48 catches for 575 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2008-09, he became the first Packers tight end since Coffman (1981-83) to catch at least 35 passes in three consecutive seasons.

Upon arriving in Green Bay in 2006, McAdoo helped the Packers’ tight ends adapt successfully to additional blocking and pass-protection duties they had not been assigned previously. The added assistance helped a young offensive line, which at times had as many as three rookie starters, allow only 24 sacks all season.

Originally named to the tight ends post on Jan. 17, 2006, McAdoo replaced Joe Philbin, who became the team’s offensive line coach after Mike McCarthy was introduced as head coach. McAdoo worked for McCarthy at each of his previous NFL spots.

McAdoo came to Green Bay from the San Francisco 49ers, where he served as assistant offensive line/quality control coach in 2005. In that role, he assisted the offensive line and tight ends.

Prior to joining the 49ers, he had a brief stint at Stanford University as tackles and tight ends coach. He resigned after the 2005 recruiting season to take the 49ers position and reunite with McCarthy, then the San Francisco offensive coordinator with whom he worked in New Orleans the previous season.

McAdoo entered the NFL in 2004 with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. He worked directly with McCarthy and assisted the offensive line and tight ends.

Prior to working in the NFL, McAdoo spent 2003 as an offensive assistant at the University of Pittsburgh, helping the Panthers earn a trip to the Continental Tire Bowl after an 8-5 season. At season’s end, the University of Akron hired him as an assistant coach, but he stayed only through the 2004 recruiting period before joining the Saints staff.

Earlier, he served as offensive line/tight ends coach at Fairfield (Conn.) University in 2002. After that campaign, the head coach left the team and McAdoo was appointed assistant head coach before the program was disbanded.

McAdoo began his college coaching career at Michigan State University (2001) as a special teams/offensive assistant on the heels of coaching four years at the high school level. McAdoo spent two years in the Homer Center school district in southwestern Pennsylvania and two years in the Indiana (Pa.) area.

McAdoo attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and earned a degree in health and physical education. Later, he received his master’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State.

McAdoo is married to Toni, a fellow native of Homer City, Pa. They have a daughter, Larkin, and a son, BJ.

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