McCarthy proud of McAdoo, not surprised at his rise

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 14, 2016 – 2:02 pm

160114-mcadoo-950GREEN BAY — Former Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo has become the second assistant under Mike McCarthy to be hired as an NFL head coach. McAdoo was hired by the Giants, for whom he has served as offensive coordinator the past two seasons.

For the Packers, McAdoo coached tight ends (2006-11) and quarterbacks (2012-13) under McCarthy before moving on to New York. Reports are that McAdoo will hire Joe Philbin, another McCarthy assistant who recently was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, in some capacity on his coaching staff.

“I’m very happy for Ben to be in this position with the opportunity in front of him,” McCarthy said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of him. He’s definitely ready and deserving.”

McCarthy and McAdoo, both natives of western Pennsylvania, coached together before McCarthy came to Green Bay, and he brought McAdoo with him. McAdoo was hired as an offensive quality control coach by the Saints in 2004 when McCarthy was offensive coordinator there, and then he went with McCarthy in 2005 to San Francisco to be offensive line coach and quality control coordinator under McCarthy as offensive coordinator.

160114-mcadoo-philbin-950McCarthy considers McAdoo “tremendously dedicated to the coaching profession,” and he told a story to illustrate why. McCarthy said his first contact with McAdoo was from receiving an evening phone call while McCarthy was at the scouting combine in Indianapolis for the Saints. McAdoo was coaching in the college ranks on the east coast at that time and just wanted to “talk football.”

“The next day at lunch, coming back from workouts, Ben was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for me,” McCarthy said. “He drove all night just for the opportunity to sit and talk football. That’s my first impression of Ben McAdoo. To see that he’s put himself in (a head coaching) position is no surprise.”


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