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Ben McAdoo's history of Red Zone success

The simple logic is anything but that when it comes time to make it happen on the field.

But whether he calls it the green or red zone at his new post, Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo brings over success inside the 20-yard line from his previous work in Green Bay. Now Big Blue hopes it can translate.

While climbing Mike McCarthy's coaching tree with the Packers, McAdoo helped the offense grow into one of the most efficient units in the NFL. They did so by capitalizing in the red zone, which he will have to get used to calling the "green zone" under head coach Tom Coughlin.

When McCarthy became head coach in 2006, he brought over McAdoo, among others, from their previous post in San Francisco to fill out his staff. McAdoo started out as the tight ends coach before being promoted to quarterbacks after Aaron Rodgers' MVP season in 2011.

"(McAdoo) is a detailed, very, very meticulous coach who has been greatly influenced by Mike McCarthy," Coughlin said at the time of McAdoo's hiring. "He has a great relationship with him. The thing I was impressed by is, he's been in San Francisco, he's been in Green Bay, now he has an opportunity to come to the New York Giants. He thinks these clubs represent the NFL. He feels privileged to be here. He's looking forward in a very humble way to becoming a New York Giant."

There is still plenty work to be done and decisions to be made before the Giants' post-Kevin Gilbride offense takes form, but takes a look at what McAdoo brings over from McCarthy's system:

Red Zone TD Efficiency
Packers *
2013 50.8 (26th)  
2012 68.1 (3rd)  
2011 65.2 (3rd)  
2010 60.4 (6th)  
2009 54.8 (9th)  
2008 60.4 (6th) 
2007 54.0 (14th)  
2006 32.7 (31st) 
Aaron Rodgers missed Weeks 10-16. *Rodgers became the Packers' starting quarterback in 2008.

2012 Red Zone Drives (In McAdoo's first season as quarterbacks coach, Rodgers led the NFL with a 108.0 passer rating)

Team Red Zone Drives Red Zone RDs RZ Rush TDs RZ Pass TDs Red Zone PGM Red Zone FGA INT Fumbles Lost Red Zone Plays Red Zone Rushes RZ Pass Plays
GB 47 32 7 25 9 10 0 2 111 40 71
Set to call plays for the first time in his NFL career, McAdoo said the Giants are going to be an up-tempo, attacking-style offense with good energy and fundamentals. He will try to do so by maximizing the skills of his personnel, like he learned in Green Bay.

"When you get your first opportunity in this league, you start to prepare for that (calling plays)," McAdoo said. "I feel like with the way we prepared with the coaches, and Mike McCarthy does a great job getting the coaches ready, we'll respond. I'm ready to take that task head on."

Below is a sample of the range that McAdoo has to offer through six of Green Bay's red-zone touchdowns during his tenure:



** 4 WR (1 WR in backfield), 1 TE



** 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB



** 3 WR, 1 FB, 1 TE (Backfield)



** 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB, 1 FB


3 WR, 1 TE, 1 RB



** 2 TE, 1 FB, 1 RB, 1 Jumbo TE (extra OL)

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