EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — By the middle of this week, Ben McAdoo had interviewed for vacant head coaching positions with the Giants and Eagles. He knew that if either team was serious about hiring him, they'd call him back for a second interview.
And indeed, on Wednesday, the Giants asked McAdoo, their offensive coordinator the past two seasons, to come back the next morning. But McAdoo had a scheduling conflict — he was supposed to be in Philadelphia for his second meeting with the Eagles.
That alarmed to the Giants.
"We knew we would regret letting him go elsewhere," co-owner John Mara said. "I guess you could say he had been the favorite."
So on Friday McAdoo, 38, who 12 years ago was an obscure college assistant at Akron, was introduced as the Giants' 17th coach, his first head coaching job at any level.
"I'm hardened, battle-tested and I've been groomed for this opportunity," McAdoo said.
Pacman apology: Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones apologized for saying Steelers receiver Antonio Brown faked a concussion at the end of their wild-card game on Saturday. Pittsburgh ruled Brown out for Sunday's AFC divisional matchup at Denver. Also, the league fined Jones $28,940 for contact with an official, which helped set up the Steelers' winning field goal. Teammates Wallace Gilberry and Domata Peko were each fined $8,681. Steelers guard Ramon Foster was fined $17,363 and Pittsburgh assistant coaches Mike Munchak and Joey Porter were each fined $10,000.
Caldwell staying: New Lions general manager Bob Quinn announced that Jim Caldwell will return for a third season as coach. Caldwell has two years left on his contract.
Popular Rams: The Rams made their first public appearance in Los Angeles since getting permission to relocate from St. Louis. Team executives, former players and fans appeared at a public gathering steps from the planned site of a lavish stadium, set to open at Hollywood Park in 2019. "It's quite a privilege," owner Stan Kroenke said. "We're looking forward to moving ahead with this."
Chargers: Former Cardinals and Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt was named offensive coordinator for a second stint.
Seahawks: Running back Marshawn Lynch is probable for Sunday's game at Carolina, which would be his first action since mid November after abdominal surgery.
Titans: The last team with a coaching opening interviewed interim coach Mike Mularkey and Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. Their search picked up a day after Jon Robinson, the former Bucs director of player personnel, was named general manager.