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Cowboys hire former Giants' head coach Ben McAdoo

Ben McAdoo is back in the NFC East

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As if New York Giants fans needed another reason to root against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network's Mike Garofolo is reporting that the Cowboys have hired former Giants' head coach Ben McAdoo as a consultant.

The sight of McAdoo on any sideline, let alone the Dallas sideline is likely to set Giants' fans teeth on edge. Despite only being with the Giants for a bit less than four seasons, McAdoo has a storied history in the NFC East. He reintroduced the West Coast offense to the Giants and helped craft an offensive resurgence which earned him the opportunity to succeed Tom Coughlin after the 2015 season. That offseason McAdoo was also in consideration for the Philadelphia Eagles' open head coaching job, but was ultimately hired by the Giants. But while McAdoo's tenure started strongly with an 11-5 season and the Giants' last trip to the playoffs in 2016, it quickly went off the rails with a disastrous 3-13 2017 campaign that saw McAdoo fired following a fractured locker room and a half-baked plan to bench Eli Manning for Geno Smith.

McAdoo was quarterbacks coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, but lost that job when Doug Marrone was let go as head coach.

While McAdoo's role has yet to be established in Dallas, the move makes sense for both parties. He and Cowboys' head coach Mike McCarthy are very familiar with each other, with McAdoo coaching under McCarthy for nearly his entire career before being hired by the Giants in 2014.

This could also set the Cowboys up with a potential in-house successor at offensive coordinator should Dak Prescott replicate the torrid pace he set a year ago before his injury and Kellen Moore begin to get interest as a potential head coach next off-season.