After a quiet Monday, the Miami Dolphins got back to the business of trying to fill their vacant offensive coordinator job today by interviewing Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo.
Head Coach Joe Philbin is familiar with McAdoo from their days in Green Bay together when Philbin was the offensive line coach for McAdoo’s first season in 2006 and the offensive coordinator from 2007-11. McAdoo actually took over Philbin’s old position of tight ends coach that first year and stayed in that role until after Philbin left for Miami, when he transitioned into his current role.
One year prior to when he started working with Green Bay’s quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and he did not experience any drop-off in 2012, leading the league for the second straight year with a 108.0 passer rating. He completed 371-of-552 passes for 4,295 yards, 39 touchdowns and just eight interceptions.
McAdoo enjoyed similar success during his first six seasons working with the tight ends, helping Jermichael Finley develop into one of the elite players at his position. He also developed depth behind Finley in the form of Tom Crabtree and Andrew Quarless, turning them into effective blocking tight ends, and early on during his stint he helped Donald Lee become a viable threat in the passing game.
Prior to joining the Packers, McAdoo spent the 2005 season with the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant offensive line/quality control coach, and that was after a very brief stint at Stanford University as a tackles and tight ends coach. His first NFL job was in 2004 with the New Orleans Saints as an offensive assistant/quality control coach, where he worked with current Packers head coach Mike McCarthy coaching the offensive line and the tight ends.
McAdoo cut his teeth in the coaching ranks first in high school where he spent four years, two in the Homer District in his home state of Pennsylvania and two in the Indiana (Pa.) area, Then he jumped to the college level, first at Michigan State as a special teams/offensive assistant in 2001 and then as the offensive line/tight ends coach at Fairfield (Conn.) University in 2002 where he was named assistant coach after the season only to see the program disbanded.
In 2003, McAdoo joined the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh as an offensive assistant for a Panthers team that went 8-5 and reached the Continental Tire Bowl. The University of Akron hired him as an assistant coach after the season but he left for New Orleans following the 2004 recruiting period.