Panthers agree to terms with McAdoo as offensive coordinator

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers announced Monday the team agreed to terms on a contract with Ben McAdoo to become the team’s next offensive coordinator.

He was Giants head coach in 2016-17, finishing 11-5 in his first season before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the NFC playoffs. However, he was fired late in his second season after the Giants started 2-10 and he benched quarterback Eli Manning. McAdoo served as a consultant with the Dallas Cowboys this season.

The Panthers focused on hiring a coordinator who had some NFL play-calling experience. That’s a different approach than two years ago when Rhule hired Joe Brady from LSU to be the team’s offensive coordinator. Brady was fired midway through his second season in Carolina with the offensive struggling to find an identity.

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The 44-year-old McAdoo was Giants offensive coordinator under Tom Coughlin from 2014-15 before being promoted to head coach.


McAdoo has a deeper pro background, and his time working with head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay adds some ballast to the Panthers’ offensive staff, the team said.

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