Ben McAdoo becomes New York Giants head coach

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GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo have been fired, so, yes, Big Blue is on to 2018.

(Bill Kostroun / Associated Press)

Ben McAdoo has been named the New York Giants coach.

The Giants confirmed the hiring on Thursday, a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons.

The 38-year-old McAdoo has been the Giants offensive coordinator the past two seasons. He will formally be introduced at a news conference on Friday morning.

McAdoo interviewed with team president John Mara and general manager Jerry Reese a week ago Tuesday. They met again Wednesday, when he also spoke with team chairman Steve Tisch and treasurer Jonathan Tisch.


Mara and Reese interviewed five other candidates before choosing McAdo, who is now the NFL’s second youngest coach.

“We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire,” Mara said. “Ben has been preparing for this opportunity since he started coaching, and he has earned his stripes every step of the way. Some have suggested he may not be ready, and as I said last week, we want a coach who feels like he has something to prove.”

The Giants have something to prove. They have missed the playoffs the past four seasons, and posted losing records the past three seasons, going 6-10 the past two years.


McAdoo’s offense has been one of the few bright spots for the team.

Under his leadership, Eli Manning threw 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the past two seasons. He had 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 2013.

“I have been preparing for this moment my entire professional life, and without the guidance and support of many people, I would not be here right now,” McAdoo said.

The Giants’ 420 points was the fifth-highest total in franchise history, and their 5,952 net yards was the third-highest total. They set franchise records for pass attempts (623), completions (392), and their 36 touchdown passes were the second-highest total in Giants’ history.

“I’m excited for the Giants organization and for the team. I think Coach McAdoo is a great coach, a great teacher, and will be a great leader of this team,” said Manning, who voiced his support for McAdoo after the season. “I’m excited to continue to work with him and grow within this offense, and get this organization back where it needs to be.”