Cleveland Browns to interview former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo
Former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has been reportedly seen in the Browns facility today. Here’s a breakdown of what he could be possibly coaching for the Cleveland Browns.
Ben McAdoo, the former Giants head coach was reportedly seen in the Cleveland Browns facility Friday, according to Jake Trotter and Jordan Ranaan.
McAdoo didn’t have a successful run as the Giants head coach, but could still be successful as a position coach, as he has been in prior stints in the NFL.
Despite going 11-5 in his first season, the team regressed severely his second season, as they went 2-10 before he was eventually fired. Before that, he was the offensive coordinator for the Giants from 2014-2015, where his offenses ranked 13th and 6th respectively.
McAdoo has had a long career in coaching, securing himself a Super Bowl ring in 2011 with the Green Bay Packers as the tight ends coach. He coached the Packers tight ends from 2006-2011. He was also the Packers quarterback coach from 2012-2013, so he has some experience coaching elite quarterbacks that could help the Browns with Baker Mayfield.
McAdoo was also the 49ers offensive line coach back in 2005, but he is most likely not applying for the offensive line coaching job, as the Browns secured that with coach Bill Callahan. With the Browns hiring former Vikings wide receivers coach Drew Petzing as the tight ends coach, it seems like McAdoo would most likely be applying for the quarterback coach job with the Browns.
Aaron Rodgers performed extremely well with McAdoo as his quarterbacks coach, as he threw 56 touchdowns, 6831 passing yards, 14 interceptions and had a completion percentage of 68% in 25 games. Rodgers was hurt in 2013, and McAdoo helped the Packers prepare Scott Tolzien, Matt Flynn, and Seneca Wallace to start while Rodgers was hurt.
McAdoo had worked with Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr when he was on the Giants, and Odell performed his best he ever has in McAdoo’s offense. Odell won the offensive rookie of the year award with McAdoo as his offensive coordinator, and made the Pro Bowl 3 of the 4 years they worked together, missing one because he only played 4 games in 2017.
McAdoo had some interesting words to say about Odell after McAdoo left the Giants, saying the following:
"“Take Odell Beckham Jr. I needed to be better for him personally, as a coordinator and head coach. I was too busy trying to scheme ways to get him the ball, especially early in my time in New York, that I didn’t step back and see the big picture the way I should have. Odell’s so passionate, and cares so much, and that emotion hurts him at times on game day. I should have seen my job with Odell was more than simply X’s and O’s; it was also helping Odell the person. He is not only a generational talent, but also bright and well-read, and I let him down early in his career. I will not make that mistake again.” — McAdoo via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk"
It looks like McAdoo might have the opportunity to put his money where his mouth is, as the two may reunite in Cleveland. A reuniting of Odell with the coach who knows how to use him best would be beneficial for the Browns, as long as there’s no bad blood between the two.
I personally would like to see McAdoo join the Browns staff as quarterbacks coach and take the offensive coordinator role, so we could see his true potential in Cleveland.