Wednesday’s roundup: McAdoo reportedly next Giants coach

Associated Press

East Rutherford, N.J. — A person familiar with the decision tells the Associated Press the New York Giants are hiring offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as their next head coach.

The 38-year-old McAdoo is being given the job a little more than a week after Tom Coughlin stepped down after 12 seasons, the person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the hiring.

The Giants have liked what McAdoo has done with the offense the past two seasons, helping two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning get back on track.

It didn’t hurt that Manning voiced support for his coach after the season. This would be McAdoo’s first head coaching job.

It is uncertain whether defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who also interviewed for the top job, will stay.

The story was first reported by several media outlets.

The Giants interviewed six men after Coughlin stepped down. They intended to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson on Thursday, but he accepted the Browns job hours before the Giants decided on McAdoo.

McAdoo got the first shot at the Giants’ job and he must have made an immediate impression.

He also impressed the Philadelphia Eagles when he interviewed for their coaching vacancy.

Under McAdoo’s leadership, Manning threw 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions the past two seasons. He has 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions in 2013.

McAdoo learned under Coughlin and has shown some of the same attitudes as his 69-year-old mentor. He is not afraid to gamble.

In the season opener against Dallas this past season, he went for the win, calling a pass play on third down in the red zone in the closing minutes.

A touchdown would have iced the game. Instead, Manning made a mistake throwing the ball away and that stopped the clock. New York kicked a field goal to take a six-point lead but the extra time allowed Dallas to come back and win the game late.

That aggressive play calling, though, has been a part of McAdoo’s game. He believes in his offense and he is not afraid to put the game in the unit’s hands.

McAdoo joined the NFL in 2004 as an offensive quality control assistant with the New Orleans Saints, spent a year with the 49ers the following year and then joined the Green Bay Packers for the next eight seasons, working with the tight ends and the final two years as Aaron Rodgers’ quarterback coach.

The Giants hired him in 2014 to replace Kevin Gilbride and his version of the West Coast offense — and the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. — has helped revive the offense.

Jackson gets Cleveland job

Hue Jackson has experience as a head coach, knows the AFC North and has fixed quarterbacks.

Just what the Browns were looking for.

Jackson, who was the Bengals offensive coordinator and waited four years for his second crack at leading an NFL team, has been hired as Cleveland’s next coach. He’s the struggling franchise’s eighth since 1999 and sixth since 2008.

The 50-year-old Jackson finalized his deal on Wednesday, swiftly ending the Browns’ search that began on Jan. 3 when owner Jimmy Haslam fired Mike Pettine after two losing seasons.

Jackson had also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and was scheduled to meet later this week with the New York Giants, but Haslam was not going to be outbid for a coach he coveted.

Haslam said Jackson has all the qualities that will provide strong leadership for the team.

“He is highly experienced, deeply passionate about winning, and relentless in trying to find ways to put his players in the best position to succeed,” he said. “He possesses that unique ability to reach the entire locker room in a way that demands accountability while getting the buy-in and team-first mentality that leads to positive results.

“I think our players will love playing for him.”

The team will introduce Jackson at an evening news conference at their facility in Berea, Ohio.

The Browns were drawn to Jackson because of his one season as Oakland’s head coach, his deep knowledge inside their division and his strong record working with quarterbacks like Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton.

Cleveland owns the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft and will likely use it on a quarterback — possibly California’s Jared Goff or Memphis’ Paxton Lynch.

It remains to be seen what plans Jackson might have for Johnny Manziel, the troubled quarterback whose two seasons in Cleveland have been filled with controversy and more chaos than the Browns needed.

ESPN said Jackson reportedly indicated in meeting with the Browns that he would prefer the organization move on from Manziel if he were to become coach, and he was told that would not be a problem.

Personnel department

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said running back Jonathan Stewart, wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and safety Kurt Coleman will play Sunday against the Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoffs.

All three starters participated fully in practice Wednesday.

“Those guys got a lot of good work in and (the bye week) served its purpose,” Rivera said.

Getting Stewart back will be a huge plus for the Panthers against the league’s No. 1 ranked run defense.

Stewart ran for 78 yards and two touchdowns in Carolina’s 27-23 win over Seattle on Oct. 18.

The Panthers have the league’s No. 2-ranked running game.

... Starting cornerback Sam Shields has returned to Packers practice with the team preparing for an NFC divisional-round playoff game against Arizona.

Shields was limited in practice Wednesday. He suffered a concussion in Week 14 against Dallas

Getting Shields back would be a boost for a secondary that must contend with veteran Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals’ speedy receivers on Saturday night.

Cornerback Quinten Rollins missed practice for the Packers because of a quadriceps injury.

On offense, receiver Davante Adams sat out practice because of a right knee injury. Rollins and Adams got hurt in the Redskins game.

Starting left tackle David Bakhtiari, who has an ankle injury, was limited in practice.

... Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was set to practice Wednesday, but coach Pete Carroll cautioned that was no indication whether he would play in the NFC divisional playoff game at Carolina on Sunday.

Carroll said during his news conference that Lynch would be evaluated daily.

Lynch has not played since Week 10 against Arizona, missing the past eight games.

Coaching carousel

Former Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will be the new Vikings offensive line coach.

Sparano coached Miami from 2008-11 and had a 29-31 record, winning the AFC East in his first season. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer released offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

... Dan Campbell, the Dolphins ex-interim head coach, is joining the New Orleans Saints to become assistant head coach/tight ends coach, according to reports.

... The Chargers have a new offensive coordinator, and it’s the old one, reports said Wednesday. KenWhisenhunt is back after having spent 2013 in San Diego. He was fired as Titans head coach in November.

Last week, the Chargers moved on from Frank Reich, Whisenhunt's successor