Long before he was a Tom Coughlin assistant coach, Ben McAdoo was a Mike McCarthy assistant coach. It was McCarthy who plucked McAdoo from college coaching and gave him an NFL job when McCarthy was the New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator in 2004. McCarthy brought McAdoo with him to San Francisco and then to Green Bay, where the former became head coach in 2006. McAdoo coached under McCarthy until the New York Giants hired him as their offensive coordinator two years ago.
So when McCarthy heard the news Thursday that McAdoo was going to succeed Coughlin as head coach of the New York Giants, he was excited.
"I'm very happy for Ben and [wife] Toni to be in this position and the opportunity that's in front of him," McCarthy said, according to ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky. "I can't tell you how proud I am of him and the job he's done over the years. He's definitely ready and deserving.
"Ben has a tremendous work ethic. I remember the first day I met him. I talked to him at the Indianapolis combine. 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. He was coaching, I don't recall the school, somewhere up in New York or Connecticut [McAdoo was at Fairfield in 2002, Pittsburgh in 2003], and 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. So that's my first impression of Ben McAdoo and then, obviously, what he's put himself in position for, it's just no surprise. Tremendously dedicated, not just to his family but to the coaching profession."
The Giants officially announced Thursday that McAdoo would be their 17th head coach. They will formally introduce him at a 10:30 a.m. ET news conference Friday morning.