Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo was reportedly added to the Browns’ head coaching interview list this week and his most famous charge in Green Bay offered his full-throated support for McAdoo on Tuesday.
During his weekly radio show, quarterback Aaron Rodgers praised McAdoo’s work ethic and understanding of how to relate to players while putting together an offensive scheme. He also went public with his willingness to serve as a reference for McAdoo should anyone want to get his opinion on the coach’s ability to handle the responsibilities of a head coaching position.
“I sent him a text,” Rodgers said on ESPN Wisconsin, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I said, ‘Make sure you put me down as a reference.’ Just a little pro athlete joke there, but I’m happy for Ben. Any opportunities he gets, he deserves. He’s a guy that works extremely hard. We had a long talk yesterday, and I just continued to echo the things that I felt about him and appreciate about him.”
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that McAdoo’s interview with the Browns will take place on Wednesday. Should he get the job, he’d follow in the footsteps of Andy Reid’s path from quarterbacks coach in Green Bay to head coach without ever being an offensive coordinator. One of the people who helped make the decision to hire Reid in Philly was Joe Banner, who now serves as the CEO of the Browns.
If McAdoo doesn’t get a top job, he’s expected to generate interest as an offensive coordinator. The Dolphins have been mentioned as a potential landing spot as coach Joe Philbin worked with McAdoo before leaving Green Bay for Miami.