On Tuesday evening, news broke that the Jaguars were set to hire former Giants' head coach Ben McAdoo. He'll serve as the team's QB coach under offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
What will Ben McAdoo bring to the table?
Let's dive in.
Before things went south in a big way towards the end of his tenure as the Giants' head coach in 2017, McAdoo was viewed as one of the bright offensive minds in football. He worked his way from an offensive line quality control coach for the Saints in 2004 all the way to the highest rank a football coach can achieve, becoming an NFL head coach in 2016.
Along the way, he had stops in San Francisco (2005 — offensive line coach and offensive quality control coordinator), Green Bay (2006-2011 — tight ends coach; 2012-2013 — quarterback coach), and he was the Giants' offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015 before being named their head coach in 2016.
McAdoo worked with some of the game's best QBs in Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning and helped them achieve some of the best results of their respective careers. As Aaron Rodgers' quarterback coach, McAdoo guided him to a ridiculous statistical output in 2012, as Rodgers threw 39 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. In 2013, Rodgers missed seven games due to injury, but McAdoo was able to get Scott Tolzein and Matt Flynn ready to play in his stead, and both quarterbacks were able to produce.
During the next step in his rise to head coach, McAdoo was the Giants' offensive coordinator from '14-'15. Eli Manning had two of his best seasons as a pro with Mac as his offensive coordinator, throwing for a combined 65 touchdowns over the two-year span.
Ben McAdoo has gotten his QBs to produce at extremely high levels during his time in the NFL. That bodes well for Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles.
Until the debacle in 2017, where he "lost the locker room" as the Giants' head coach, McAdoo was known as a coach that demanded and usually received the respect of the players he worked with.
"Ben was always fun to rib because he's such a Type-A personality," said Aaron Rodgers. "Sometimes, you just have to remind him you're just kidding around because he's quick, right back at you. They can be cutting. I always appreciated his sense of humor. He was a lot of fun to work with."
What Aaron Rodgers revealed about McAdoo prior to a 2016 matchup between the Packers and Giants was telling. Mac works extremely hard and is a go-getter. But on the flip side of that, he may not be at his best when it comes to being a calming presence in the locker room.
The past it the past, and McAdoo will get a fresh start in Jacksonville, where he'll be working under a former NFC East rival in Jay Gruden. The two coaches clashed for four seasons when Jay Gruden was the head coach of the Redskins, and McAdoo was the offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Giants. The Giants won five of the eight matchups during that span.
But Jay Gruden is now in command when it comes to the Jaguars' offense. As long as the two strong-willed former head coaches can co-exist under Doug Marrone's leadership, things should turn around quickly for the Jaguars' offense.
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