For the first time in seven years, someone not named Kevin Gilbride will be calling plays for the New York Giants on Sundays.
The team hired Green Bay Packers coach Ben McAdoo Tuesday, who spent the last eight seasons as an assistant under Mike McCarthy. The past two years McAdoo has been the Packers' quarterback coaches, tutoring the likes of Aaron Rodgers, and prior to that serves as the team's tight ends coach.
Eli Manning has spent 10 years in the same offensive system, but change is now on the horizon. The Giants quarterback has yet to meet McAdoo in person, but is looking forward to hearing his ideas about how to improve the Giants' offense.
"I've heard a lot of good things about coach McAdoo," Manning said. "I was able to talk to him over the phone last week and we had a great conversation. Obviously he's had a ton of success in Green Bay, and I look forward to working with him and improving our offense."
And the Giants could use the improvement.
The offense ranked 28th in the league last season in both yards (307.5) and points per game (18.4), all a factor in the team's 7-9 record and another year without a postseason appearance.
Meanwhile, McAdoo's offense lifted the Packers to an NFC North title, even without Rogers for most of the stretch run. Green Bay -- behind Rodgers and backups Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn -- finished third in the league in yards per game (400.3) and eighth in scoring (26.1 points per game).