Among the many things that went wrong for Ben McAdoo during his two years as head coach of the Giants was the deterioration of a once-dynamic offense. Under mostly his directly last season, the Giants finished with the second-worst scoring offense in the NFL.
Now he might get a chance to take over the offense for the only team that scored less.
McAdoo is in Berea, Ohio, on Tuesday to interview for the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator job, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Browns coach Hue Jackson has been calling his plays for the last two seasons, but after going 1-31 thanks in part to one of the worst offenses in the league, he is apparently open to having someone else call the plays and run the offense in 2018.
As bad as the Giants' offense was last season, the 40-year-old McAdoo actually wouldn't be a terrible choice. As the Giants' offensive coordinator under Tom Coughlin in 2014-15, the Giants offense finished in the Top 10 twice. And Eli Manning, in those seasons, completed nearly 63 percent of his passes for nearly 9,000 yards with 65 touchdowns and only 28 interceptions - two of his best statistical years.
Things began to tank, though, in 2016 with the first-year head coach trying to call his own plays while balancing all of the other things he suddenly had to do. And it really collapsed around McAdoo last season when the Giants ranked 21st in the NFL in yards (314.2) and 31st in scoring (15.4), thanks in large part to a slew of injuries, including one that ended Odell Beckham Jr.'s season in Week 4.
The Giants did not score 30 points in a single game in either of the last two seasons. The only offense to score fewer points last season was the Browns, who averaged 14.6.
So perhaps a return to a coordinator role could benefit McAdoo. He also has a connection to new Cleveland GM John Dorsey, who was a Green Bay Packers executive from 2000-12. McAdoo was an assistant with the Packers from 2006-13.
McAdoo does have competition for the job, though. Ironically, it comes from Sean Ryan, the Houston Texans quarterbacks coach, who was the Giants' receivers coach in 2014-15 when McAdoo was the offensive coordinator. The Browns may also interview recently fired Titans coach Mike Mularkey for the job, according to a report.
If McAdoo is hired, he would be reunited with former Giants receivers coach Adam Henry, who was recently hired by the Browns to do the same job. Five other former McAdoo assistants have also been hired around the league in recent weeks, including Mike Sullivan (Broncos QBs), Kevin Gilbride (Bears TEs), Frank Cignetti (Packers QBs), Patrick Graham (Packers LBs), and Mike Solari (Seahawks OL).