Ben McAdoo joins the Jacksonville Jaguars as quarterbacks coach after a run in New York with Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are once again making changes to their coaching staff. Per sources, which include ESPN.com, the team has brought in former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo to serve as quarterbacks coach.
The Jaguars interviewed McAdoo for the open offensive coordinator position before it was offered to Jay Gruden.
“McAdoo spent less than two seasons as the Giants’ head coach and was fired after a 2-10 start in 2017. He benched quarterback Eli Manning before the Week 13 game against Oakland — snapping Manning’s consecutive starts streak at 210 games — and was fired the following Monday along with GM Jerry Reese,” Michael DiRocco writes.
“The Giants went 11-5, finished second in the NFC East, and lost a wild-card playoff game to Green Bay in his first season.”
After working with Manning in New York, McAdoo comes to Jacksonville where the coaching staff will work with Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew in determining a starter for the 2020 season. Gruden may completely revamp the Jaguars offense, moving to a west coast scheme that could benefit both players.
“McAdoo was the Giants’ offensive coordinator from 2014-15 before being hired as head coach after the team fired Tom Coughlin. He also spent two seasons (2012-13) as Green Bay’s quarterbacks coach,” DiRocco added.
The Jaguars finished in the middle of the pack in the NFL in passing and rushing in 2020. The offense has weapons to work with – Leonard Fournette, DJ Chark, and Dede Westbrook. The offensive line must find balance and become more disciplined.
Gruden was hired to replace John DeFilippo, who last a season in Jacksonville. While injuries at the tight end and wide receiver positions were an issue once again in 2019, the offense still had issues scoring, especially in the red zone. Jacksonville averaged just 18.8 points per game. Fournette ran for 1,152 yards for the season and caught 76 passes but only reached the end zone three times.