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New York Giants officially name Ben McAdoo 17th head coach

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We knew this already, but now there is no doubt.

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Ben McAdoo
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The New York Giants made it official Thursday afternoon. Ben McAdoo is the 17th head coach in franchise history, having been promoted from offensive coordinator to replace Tom Coughlin.

"I am honored to serve as the 17th head coach in the history of the New York Giants franchise," McAdoo said. "I am thankful to the Mara family, the Tisch family and Jerry Reese for this opportunity. ... It has been a privilege to work and learn under Coach Coughlin."

There will be an introductory press conference held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

"Ben is an outstanding young coach who has great experience and has done a good job as our offensive coordinator these past two years," co-owner John Mara said. "Jerry and I interviewed six impressive candidates, and when we were through with that process, we had another conversation with Ben, as did Steve and Jon Tisch. We were all impressed with his energy, his enthusiasm, his vision and his desire. Ben has been preparing for this opportunity since he started coaching, and he has earned his stripes every step of the way. Some have suggested he may not be ready, and as I said last week, we want a coach who feels like he has something to prove."

Quarterback Eli Manning said he was "excited" about the promotion of McAdoo to head coach.

"I'm excited," Manning said.. "I'm excited for the Giants organization and for the team. I think Coach McAdoo is a great coach, a great teacher, and will be a great leader of this team. I'm excited to continue to work with him and grow within this offense, and get this organization back where it needs to be."