January 14, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Giants promote Ben McAdoo to head coach
The New York Giants promoted Ben McAdoo as their new head coach. The former offensive coordinator replaces Tom Coughlin, who resigned. McAdoo is a first-time head coach. "I am honored," McAdoo said in a statement. "I have been very fortunate to have a lot of great coaches, administrators and players take an interest in me and my career. It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin. 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 has earned praise for his work with quarterback Eli Manning, who has thrown 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions and completed 62.8 percent of his passes the past two seasons. "Ben is an outstanding young coach who has great experience and has done a good job as our offensive coordinator these past two years," team president John Mara said in a statement. "Jerry [Reese] and I interviewed six impressive candidates, and when we were through with that process, we had another conversation with Ben, as did Steve and Jon Tisch. "We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire. 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." "I'm excited," Manning said in a statement. "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. I'm excited to continue to work with him and grow within this offense, and get this organization back where it needs to be." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.