Ben McAdoo

Benjamin Lee McAdoo (born July 9, 1977) is an American football coach. He was head coach of the New York Giants in 2016 and 2017, after serving as offensive coordinator the previous two years under former head coach Tom Coughlin. He was fired on December 4, 2017,[1] following a 2–10 start, along with benching longtime starting quarterback Eli Manning; his 28 regular season games were the fewest by a Giants coach since 1930.[2] Prior to working for the Giants, McAdoo served as an assistant coach for several college football teams, as well as for the New Orleans Saints, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Green Bay Packers.

Ben McAdoo
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McAdoo coaching the Giants in 2016
Personal information
Born:July 9, 1977 (age 41)
Homer City, Pennsylvania
Career information
High school:Homer City (PA) Homer-Center
College:Indiana (PA)
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season:13–15 (.464)
Postseason:0–1 (.000)
Career:13–16 (.448)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early life

McAdoo was born in Homer City, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Homer-Center Junior/Senior High School in 1995. 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 University.[3]

Coaching career

While attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), McAdoo began working as an assistant high school coach in his sophomore year of college. He returned to his alma mater Homer-Center to be an assistant coach for the 1996 and 1997 seasons, then he was an assistant at Indiana Area High School from 1998 to 1999. McAdoo graduated from IUP summa cum laude in health and physical education.[4]

He then became a graduate assistant for the Michigan State Spartans football team under head coach Bobby Williams while pursuing a master's degree in kinesiology at Michigan State University.[4] In the 2001 season, McAdoo earned his first collegiate coaching position as a graduate assistant for special teams and offense.[3]

McAdoo was the offensive line and tight ends coach at Fairfield University for the 2002 season, in what would be the final season for the Fairfield Stags football team.[3][4] In 2003, McAdoo became a graduate assistant at the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Walt Harris and helped the team in the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl.[3][4]

After initially accepting an assistant coach position at Akron, McAdoo resigned to become offensive quality control coach for the New Orleans Saints in 2004 under head coach Jim Haslett. McAdoo interviewed with offensive coordinator Mike McCarthy.[3][4]

McAdoo coached tight ends and offensive tackles at Stanford for the 2005 spring camp, then resigned to be assistant offensive line and quality control coach for the San Francisco 49ers, reuniting with Mike McCarthy.[3][4] In 2006, McCarthy became head coach for the Green Bay Packers and added McAdoo to his staff as tight ends coach.[4] McAdoo coached tight ends for the Packers until the 2011 season, and then coached quarterbacks from 2012 to 2013. McAdoo was a member of the coaching staff of the 2010 Packers team that won Super Bowl XLV.[3]

New York Giants (2014–2017)

Offensive coordinator (2014–2015)

In 2014, McAdoo joined Tom Coughlin’s staff as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.[5] In his first season as offensive coordinator, the Giants offense improved from the 28th-highest-scoring offense in 2013 under Kevin Gilbride to 13th in 2014. In 2015, the offense took another leap forward, becoming the sixth-highest-scoring offense despite losing starting left tackle Will Beatty, starting wide receiver Victor Cruz, and starting tight end Larry Donnell for most of the season due to injury.

Head coach (2016–2017)

On January 14, 2016, McAdoo was named the Giants’ 17th head coach in franchise history.[6] On September 11, 2016, McAdoo won his first game as head coach when the Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20–19.[7] The Giants finished the 2016 season with an 11–5 record under McAdoo, tying the franchise record held by Dan Reeves for most regular season wins by a first year head coach. The Giants returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but lost to the Green Bay Packers 38–13.

The Giants' 2017 season was marred by numerous player injuries and other known controversies, which included some players being suspended for team violations. McAdoo replaced Eli Manning with Geno Smith during Week 13, which ended Manning's 210-consecutive start streak. After a 2–10 start, McAdoo was fired by the Giants on December 4, 2017, along with general manager Jerry Reese.[8]

Personal life

McAdoo is married to his wife Toni, a fellow native of Homer City. They have a daughter and a son.[3]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NYG 2016 11 5 0 .688 2nd in NFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to Green Bay Packers in NFC Wild Card Game
NYG 2017 2 10 0 .167 (fired)
Total 13 15 0 .464 0 1 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom McAdoo has served:


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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ben McAdoo's Biography". New York Giants.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Homer City native lands third NFL coaching job". May 19, 2006.
  5. ^ "Giants hire Ben McAdoo as OC". ESPN. January 15, 2014.
  6. ^ "Ben McAdoo named New York Giants head coach". New York Giants. January 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "Giants' Ben McAdoo gets first head coaching win with 20-19 victory over Cowboys". USA TODAY. September 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "New York Giants fire coach Ben McAdoo after 2-10 start". Retrieved December 4, 2017.
2003 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

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2016 New York Giants season

The 2016 New York Giants season was the franchise's 92nd season in the National Football League, their seventh season playing their home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and the first under head coach Ben McAdoo.

The Giants began 2–0 before falling into a three-game losing streak to the Redskins, Vikings and Packers. The Giants rebounded and went on a six-game winning streak for the first time since 2010, before falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 13. The Giants then upset the 11–1 Dallas Cowboys in Week 14 to improve to 9–4. With their Week 14 win over the Dallas Cowboys, the Giants clinched a winning season for the first time since 2012 and also swept the Cowboys for the first time since 2011. The Giants got their 10th win of the season in Week 15, having a 10 win season for the first time since 2010. Their 7–1 record at home is their best home record since MetLife Stadium opened in 2010.

Despite losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss to the New Orleans Saints meant the Giants clinched a playoff trip for the first time since their last Super Bowl season in 2011.

The Giants' first playoff game since Super Bowl XLVI ended in disappointment, as they were upended by the Green Bay Packers in the Wild Card round at Lambeau Field. The Giants only managed to score 13 points and allowed a season high 38 points, ending their season.

2017 New York Giants season

The 2017 New York Giants season was the franchise's 93rd season in the National Football League, the eighth playing their home games at MetLife Stadium and the second and final under head coach Ben McAdoo. Coming fresh off an 11–5 season from one year ago, the Giants had high hopes of a Super Bowl Championship and were an expected playoff contender. However, things quickly took a dark turn after key injuries and controversial decisions towards the team. A disastrous and unexpected 0–5 start to their season (their second in 5 years), coupled with major injuries to the team, including star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., had the Giants suffer to a franchise worst 3–13 record. By Week 10, after losing to the previously winless 49ers, the Giants were standing at 1–8, their worst record since 1980. The Giants were officially eliminated from playoff contention on November 26, 2017 when the Falcons defeated the Buccaneers 34–20, the Panthers defeated the Jets 35–27 and the Eagles defeated the Bears 31–3.

On November 28, it was announced that Geno Smith was to start against the Raiders, which snapped Eli Manning's 210 consecutive games started streak, the longest in the NFL at the time. It started controversy, with present and former teammates, opponents, fans, executives, and TV and radio show hosts coming into Manning's defense. The benching of Eli also led to speculation he would possibly join the Jacksonville Jaguars, which would reunite him with former Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whom works for the team as their executive vice president of football operations. With that move, the Giants became the last team in the NFL to have started an African-American quarterback in at least one game. After a 24–17 loss to the Raiders in Week 13, with the Giants standing at 2–10, both Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese were relieved of duties, leaving Steve Spagnuolo the interim Head Coach and Kevin Abrams as the interim General Manager. These were the first mid-season staff firings since the 1976 Giants' season. Manning was then renamed the starter for the Week 14 game against the Cowboys.

With a 34-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15, the Giants tied the record of losses they set before (12), but after a 23–0 loss to the Cardinals in Week 16, the Giants fell to 2–13, setting a new record for most losses in a single season in franchise history, eclipsing the previous record of 12, done five times: 1966, 1974, 1980, 1983 and 2003 and the worst under a 16-game schedule format. The Giants ultimately finished the season 3–13, their worst record in a 16-game season, worst winning percentage since 1974, the worst record in the Eli Manning era, their worst record since 2003, finished dead last in the NFC East for the first time since 2003, and second-worst in the league behind the winless Browns. The Giants also went 1–11 against the NFC in 2017 and 1–5 against the NFC East.

On Friday, December 29, 2017, Dave Gettleman was hired as the general manager for the team. Gettleman quickly address the offensive line issues which led to the release of offensive tackle Bobby Hart and the benching of Ereck Flowers. Flowers started all games to this point being the only consistent starter on the offensive line.

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McAdoo (surname)

McAdoo is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Ben McAdoo (born 1977), American football coach

Bob McAdoo (born 1951), American basketball player

Eleanor Wilson McAdoo (1889–1967), daughter of Woodrow Wilson and second wife of William Gibbs McAdoo

James Michael McAdoo (born 1993), American basketball player

Orpheus McAdoo (1858–1900), African-American singer and minstrel show impresario

Tullie McAdoo (1884–1961), American negro league baseball player

William Gibbs McAdoo (1863–1941), American Secretary of the Treasury

Olivier Vernon

Olivier Alexander Vernon (born October 7, 1990) is an American football defensive end for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and has also played for the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Steve Spagnuolo

Stephen Christopher Spagnuolo (; born December 21, 1959) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He rejoins Andy Reid's staff after being a defensive assistant with him from 1999-2006. Spagnuolo went on to win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants as defensive coordinator. Following two seasons in New York, He was the head coach of the St. Louis Rams for 3 seasons, was an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens, had a one season stint with the New Orleans Saints, and then back with the Giants as defensive coordinator in 2015. He was named interim head coach after the firing of former head coach Ben McAdoo on December 4, 2017.

Spagnuolo has also worked as a college football assistant coach for the University of Connecticut, the University of Maine, Lafayette College, Rutgers University, Bowling Green University, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He also spent time in the original World League of American Football and its successor, NFL Europe.

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