The Jaguars will have two former NFC East head coaches on their coaching staff in 2020. Announced earlier this morning by the team, the Jaguars will hire former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo as the team’s quarterbacks coach.
This news comes just a few weeks after the Jaguars hired former Washington head coach Jay Gruden as the team’s offensive coordinator.
“Coach McAdoo brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the quarterback room, and we’re excited to add him to our offensive coaching staff,” said Head Coach Doug Marrone in a statement released by the team. “He has mentored several great quarterbacks throughout his career, and his understanding of the position will be a valuable addition to our team and for the development of that group.”
McAdoo reportedly interviewed for the Jaguars offensive coordinator position shortly before the job was given to Gruden. If made official, the two will coach together in the fall.
The former Giants head coach had been out of the league for the past two years after being fired by the Giants in 2017. Prior to becoming the head coach of the Giants, McAdoo was the team’s offensive coordinator for two seasons in 2014 and 2015.
Besides Eli Manning during his time with the Giants, McAdoo also has experience with coaching Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers as his quarterbacks coach in 2012-2013.
“In McAdoo’s two seasons (2014-15) as the offensive coordinator for the Giants, he inherited an offense ranked 28th in 2013 and improved them to 10th and eighth, averaging 367.2 total net yards per game in 2014 and 372.3 total net yards per game in 2015. Under McAdoo’s tutelage, two-time Super Bowl MVP QB Eli Manning averaged a 62.9 completion percentage, 4,290 yards and 30 TDs.”
“In 2012, in his first season as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, McAdoo mentored QB Aaron Rodgers, who was named the NFC Pro Bowl starter after completing 371 of 552 attempts for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs against eight INTs. Rodgers also led the NFL in passer rating for the second consecutive season (108.0). In 2013 as the quarterbacks coach, despite losing Rodgers for seven games with a fractured collarbone, the Packers’ offense finished the season ranked third in the NFL (400.3 yards per game) and sixth in passing yards (266.8 yards per game).”
Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone suggested shortly after Gruden was hired that the team may not hire a quarterback coach, but if it did they would do so with the idea of not putting too much pressure on one coach. The delegation of responsibilities will be handled effectively as McAdoo focuses only on the quarterbacks, including Gardner Minshew II, while Gruden handles the big picture and play-calling duties.
Now with three former, and current head coaches on the coaching staff, the Jaguars will look to become more efficient and less inconsistent as the season moves along.