Jaguars Hire Former Giants’ HC Ben McAdoo as Their QB Coach

Ben McAdoo with Giants in 2017. Photo by Scott D Stivason/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After being more than two years out of the NFL, former New York Giants’ head coach Ben McAdoo returned to the league. Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Wednesday that McAdoo joined their organization as a quarterbacks coach.

McAdoo was a candidate for a number of jobs since being fired by the Giants, including the offensive coordinator position with Arizona Cardinals after the team hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new head coach. This offseason he also interviewed with Cleveland Browns for an unspecified position on Kevin Stefanski’s staff.

This will be McAdoo’s second stint as a QB coach, as he previously served on the same position with Green Bay Packers in 2011 and 2012.

“Coach McAdoo brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the quarterback room, and we’re excited to add him to our offensive coaching staff,” said Jags’ head coach Doug Marrone via team’s official website. “He has mentored several great quarterbacks throughout his career, and his understanding of the position will be a valuable addition to our team and for the development of that group.”

Ben McAdoo has built a reputation of an offensive guru during his time as an OC of the New York Giants. Due to his success in transforming the team’s offense, he was selected as Tom Coughlin’s successor in 2016. However, McAdoo failed to meet the expectations of the organization during his time as a head coach and was fired after posting 13-15 record in two seasons.

McAdoo is expected to face a tough job in Jacksonville, especially since the team’s QB situation seems unresolved. The nominal starter is Nick Foles, who was viewed as a marquee free-agent signing last offseason, but struggled with injuries and production in 2019. The Jags also have second-year QB Gardner Minshew, who showed promise while stepping in for Foles and might have his eyes on the starting job as well.