NFL insider believes Patriots hiring Ben McAdoo "makes sense"
Among the constant speculation of who the Patriots will be hiring next have been a few questionable decisions, former Giants coach Ben McAdoo being the latest. Because his time in New York was putrid, ending his gig there with a 13-15 record, his name being thrown into the mix to join New England's staff has many scratching their head in confusion.
On top of that, he has been out of the league since he was the offensive coordinator for the Panthers in 2022, making the team's interest in hiring him more questionable.
But, of course, there's always a positive spin to everything. So cue Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer to be the one to try and convince fans that he's a good hire and actually makes sense.
" ... I get why this is one where people are kind of like, 'Ehh, I don't know.' But if you look at the track record, he was in Green Bay, he was respected enough to get the shot to call plays with the Giants. He did a good enough job with Eli Manning calling plays with the Giants to become the head coach there, and then even after that, he goes to Dallas and re-establishes his name, and then he winds up calling plays in Carolina.
This is a guy who has a lot of experience, has worked in good systems, has worked with Tom Coughlin and worked under Mike McCarthy, worked with Eli Manning, worked with Aaron Rodgers. He's just seen a lot of things, and I think giving Alex Van Pelt another voice in the room -- somebody he's familiar with, somebody who speaks the same language as him, and somebody who can help him build what he's going to build here -- makes all the sense in the world."
Breer could be 100% right in his assessment, especially since McAdoo began his career in the NFL in 2004 and worked his way up the ladder to earn a shot at being a head coach. And Patriots fans know firsthand how often coordinators don't make great head coaches, so that could also be accurate for McAdoo.
The problem is looking at his most recent work, and it's more worrisome than exciting. There's likely a reason he's been out of a job since 2022, right? But maybe we should try to be a bit more optimistic since the entire staff will be new for the 2024 season.