GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers are in the market for a new quarterbacks coach.
Ben McAdoo, a Packers assistant since head coach Mike McCarthy’s hiring in 2006 and the team’s quarterbacks coach the past two seasons, accepted the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator job Tuesday, the Giants announced.
McAdoo interviewed for the Cleveland Browns’ head-coaching job last week, interviewed with the Giants on Monday and reportedly interviewed with the Miami Dolphins for their offensive coordinator job on Tuesday. The Giants announced his hiring about 6 p.m. Central time Tuesday.
McAdoo replaces Kevin Gilbride, who was head coach Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator for the past seven seasons. The Giants’ offense finished the 2013 season ranked 28th in yards, 28th in scoring, 29th in rushing and 19th in passing. Quarterback Eli Manning threw an NFL-high and franchise-record 27 interceptions.
Alex Van Pelt, who just finished his second season as the team’s running backs coach, would be the logical replacement for McAdoo on staff if McCarthy opts to stay in-house. Van Pelt coached the Buffalo Bills’ quarterbacks from 2006 through 2009 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks in 2010 and 2011. He also served as the Bills’ offensive coordinator in 2009.
Van Pelt spent nine seasons as the Bills’ backup quarterback from 1995 through 2003 after playing quarterback at the University of Pittsburgh when McCarthy was an assistant with the Panthers.
“Ben is an excellent football coach. Obviously he’s going to have room for growth wherever it is,” Van Pelt said last Wednesday during the team’s final media availability session with reporters – a session that McAdoo did not attend.
“I’m the running backs coach right now. Not to speculate on anything, (but) I’m very happy with my guys. I love my room. I really enjoy the experience the last two years of coaching running backs.
“But I work for Coach Mike and whatever Coach Mike asks me to do, I’m going to do with everything I got. Not to speculate, but if he wants me to clean the bathrooms, I’ll do that.”
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