Former Packers assistant coach could land with Vikings
Former Packers assistant coach Ben McAdoo won’t be returning to Mike McCarthy’s staff, but he could be making a comeback to the NFC North.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, McAdoo is a top candidate to replace Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who is leaving to take the New York Giants head coaching job.
The #Vikings will have to replace OC Pat Shurmur when he takes over the #Giants. Two key names they'll consider: Former #Broncos OC Mike McCoy & former #Giants coach Ben McAdoo. Both are in the mix for other jobs, too.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 21, 2018
McAdoo spent eight years on McCarthy’s offensive staff in Green Bay, serving six years as the tight ends coach and another two as quarterbacks coach. He left in 2014 to be the Giants offensive coordinator, and two years later, New York made him the replacement for departing head coach Tom Coughlin.
Shurmur will now replace McAdoo in New York. The former Packers assistant coach led the Giants to an 11-5 record and a spot in the playoffs last season, but he was fired after a 2-10 start in 2017.
It was believed McCarthy had some level of interest in bringing McAdoo back to Green Bay as part of the Packers’ coaching shakeup. McCarthy eventually went with Joe Philbin to replace former offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, and he’s since filled all the other major assistant coach spots on offense.
The Cleveland Browns interviewed McAdoo for their open offensive coordinator job. The Denver Broncos also considered him as a candidate to be the team’s next quarterbacks coach.
A former head coach of the Browns, Shurmur earned the Giants’ job by turning the Vikings offense around in 2017. He handled two major quarterback injuries and kept Minnesota’s offense on track with Case Keenum under center.
The Vikings offense finished 10th in points scored, 11th in yards gained, sixth in first downs and third in giveaways in 2017.
However, McAdoo would be taking a job with quarterback uncertainty involved. The Vikings don’t have a player at the position under contract for the 2018 season.