The New York Giants replaced incompetent offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride with former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, and it’s clear that McAdoo will be a significant upgrade for this team. McAdoo has plenty of interest from other teams, as he was a candidate for the Cleveland Browns head coaching position and also had a chance to reunite with former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin on the Miami Dolphins staff. Instead, McAdoo chose to become the Giants next offensive coordinator, and the organization is certainly better off for it.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will likely be the No. 1 wideout with Hakeem Nicks set to leave in free agency, and the star playmaker knows that he has a big offseason ahead of him. He’s already looking forward to working with Eli Manning once the QB’s high-ankle sprain heals up, because Cruz knows that the QB and his best receiver need to work on getting a better rapport heading into the 2014 season as the Giants look to make another playoff push.
Cruz also sounds excited about the prospect of being coached by McAdoo, and he believes McAdoo will install a more explosive offense in New York and help elevate the play of the talented receivers on the roster. He said, via the New York Post’s John DeMarzo, “I think it’s good for us mentally as receivers and as an offense to get a guy that understands what we go through from our standpoint, and we can talk to him, and things like that. I think it’s good to just get a fresh face in there and see how things go.”
Gilbride and former Giants QBs coach Mike Sullivan, who was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator last year and nearly reunited with the Giants as an OC this offseason, also received kind words from Cruz.