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NFL: Giants promote McAdoo

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FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, New York Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo talks to reporters during NFL football minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press the Giants are hiring offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as their next head coach. McAdoo, 38, is being given the job a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons, the person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the hiring. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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Friday, January 15, 2016

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants confirmed the hiring Ben McAdoo 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 this 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 McAdoo, 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 were the fifth most in franchise history, and their 5,952 net yards were the third most. They set franchise records for pass attempts (623) and 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.”

McAdoo joined the NFL in 2004 as an offensive quality control assistant with the New Orleans Saints, spent a year with the San Francisco 49ers the following year and then joined the Green Bay Packers for the next eight seasons, working with the tight ends and the final two years as Aaron Rodgers’ quarterback coach.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he remembers meeting McAdoo at an NFL combine when McAdoo was a lower-level coach.

“I was the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints and he had called me on the phone, was seeking an opportunity just to talk football,” McCarthy said. “We talked on the phone that evening and then the next day at lunch, when I was coming back from the workouts at the combine, Ben was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for me. He drove all night just for an opportunity to sit down and talk football.”

Eagles hire Pederson

PHILADELPHIA — Kansas City offensive coordinator Doug Pederson has accepted the Philadelphia Eagles’ offer to become their coach, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the Eagles have not officially announced the hiring. Pederson can’t be officially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the playoffs. Kansas City plays at New England on Saturday.

Pederson started nine games at quarterback for the Eagles in 1999 and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant under Andy Reid in Philadelphia in 2009. Pederson followed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.

Philadelphia also interviewed Adam Gase, who was hired by Miami; Ben McAdoo, who was hired by the New York Giants; former Giants coach Tom Coughlin and two of the Eagles’ assistant coaches during the 2015 season under former coach Chip Kelly: Pat Shurmur and Duce Staley.

Kelly was fired after the 15th game of the season when the Eagles were 6-9. They went 10-6 in each of his first two seasons in charge, making the playoffs in 2013.

Kelly was hired as San Francisco 49ers coach earlier Thursday.

Pederson, 47, was the fifth candidate to interview for the Eagles job. He met with the team in Kansas City on Sunday morning after the Chiefs beat Houston 30-0 to advance to the second round.

Pederson played 10 NFL seasons almost exclusively as a backup quarterback. He was with Miami, Green Bay, Philadelphia and Cleveland.

He made nine starts for Philly in 1999, going 2-7. The following year with Cleveland, he went 1-7 as a starter.

Those were his only NFL starts.

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