The 46-year-old Ben McAdoo last held an NFL position in 2022 as the Carolina Panthers‘ offensive coordinator. Alex Van Pelt, the new offensive coordinator for the Patriots, was a member of the staff he had worked with for seven seasons while playing for the Green Bay Packers.
While McAdoo was employed by the Packers, Eliot Wolf, the current director of scouting for the Patriots and a possible candidate for general manager, was employed in the personnel department.
McAdoo spent two seasons as the Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator and then took over as head coach after the team fired Tom Coughlin. Prior to that, he was the team’s tight ends coach and quarterback coach.
The Giants let McAdoo go after he finished 13–15 in his first two seasons and made one postseason appearance. A consultant for the Dallas Cowboys before to joining the Panthers, he was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars three years later to coach quarterbacks.
Head coach Jerod Mayo of the Patriots, in his debut season, should benefit from McAdoo’s extensive NFL coaching experience as well as his relationships with winning players and coaches.
As Chad Graff of The Athletic pointed out, having a young staff will aid in building relationships with players, but Mayo will gain more by adding an experienced assistant like McAdoo as he gets ready for his first season as head coach.