New ‘attack-style’ offense will need consistent weapons

Jim Mancari, Contributor

New Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said he would like to implement an attack-style system into Big Blue’s offense for next season and beyond.

After watching the offensive unit struggle all year, McAdoo’s words are music to my ears.

However, an attack-style offense on paper is of course different from an attack-style offense in action.

On paper, all the schemes and aggressive nature of play-calling can look great. But when it comes down to business, an attack-style offense can only be as good as the weapons the Giants will employ.

Look at the backs and receivers Aaron Rodgers had to work with in McAdoo’s time as both tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach with the Green Bay Packers.

Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, James Jones, Jermichael Finley, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings and Bubba Franks, not to mention effective running backs Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Ryan Grant and John Kuhn.

And even before Rodgers, McAdoo had the pleasure of working with the veteran quarterback Brett Favre.

So, if McAdoo’s system is going to be effective, the Giants need to find some more weapons.

Victor Cruz will again be a main target for Eli Manning. Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan will be counted upon to keep improving as well.

It looks like Hakeem Nicks is all but gone, so the team really could use a big-time target on the outside. Money is tight, so maybe the draft is the way to go here.

As for tight end and running back, these areas should be addressed this offseason, whether through free agency or the draft. McAdoo’s system would likely be useless if the so-called “weapons” were again Brandon Myers, Da’Rel Scott and Michael Cox – even though I’m not ready to give up fully on Cox.

If the team could bring back Andre Brown, that would be a start. But given his injury history, the team needs a running back to at least split carries with Brown.

Meanwhile, the young tight ends Adrien Robinson and Larry Donnell are so raw. We’d all love to see a huge target like free-agent Jimmy Graham suiting up in blue next season, but let’s be realistic: That’s not happening. So maybe the Giants could find a quality tight end in at the right price in free agency or even in the draft.

I like the idea of an up-tempo offense. Manning might not exactly be Rodgers, but he’s still a talented quarterback when given weapons and at least a decent offensive line.

Putting together a juggernaut offense won’t happen in one offseason. But if the Giants take a few steps forward this year offensively, the potential for a dominant offense under the direction of an aggressive offensive coordinator will be on the table for future seasons.

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21 comments
Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Aren't ALL Offense's "Attack-Style" ?!??!?!?

Randall Cobb, only played 6 games this year...

Jordy Nelson, TOP 10 WR last 2 seasons,

James Jones, Break out FREAK, 14 TD's in 2012, missed AR a lot this year, only 3 TD's...

Jermichael Finley, 33% BEAST, 33% HURT, 33% Dropped PASSes...

Donald Driver, a KING of WR's...

Greg Jennings, Ageless Vet...

Eddie Lacy,  1 Great Year...

Ryan Grant, was GIVEN to GREENBAY by REESE !!!  REESE graded RB Grant as a 5th Stringer...

ELI gives ANY WR, a shot at the PRO-BOWL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

the FACT that they HIERED a QB Coach,  as the NEW OC,

NOT an OC, to be the OC, is TROUBLING ???

It sends the Message, THAT ELI,  is BROKEN.....

So, if your CAR has a FLAT tire.....

and you change the Spark Plugs....

you still have a FLAT TIRE..........

REESE is the PROBLEM---------

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

with the hiring of Ben McAdoo, this is just the first step towards improving the Giants. GM Reese will (should) be more active in free agency as the Giants will have ample cap space. It wouldn't surprise me if Beatty is moved from LT to RT and Pugh is moved from RT to either Guard position. It also wouldn't surprise me if Reese signs a OL in free agency and also drafts 1 (maybe 2) in the draft. I think James Brewer is going to surprise many people next season and I can see him securing the other guard position along with Pugh. That leaves LT and Center. There will be quality centers in the draft from rounds 2-6. Also, if by the slimmest of chances the Saints (who have limited cap space) do not put the franchise tag on Graham, the Giants need to be players for his services. New OC McAdoo would personally pickup Graham at the airport. Can't see the Giants drafting another OL in the 1st round in back to back seasons. With just 6 picks in the draft, Reese needs to choose wisely and also be extremely aggressive in the free agent market.

cole3244
cole3244

a whole new o philosophy is what is needed and that's what the jints seem to be implementing, it may take a while to get there but the wait will be worth it.

i hope the fans realize this and give the team time to acquire the players necessary to finish the job.


rico
rico

Not going to "attack" anything if they don't begin with the OL which needs at least 3 new (upgraded) players

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@Skookaloop  To quote Billy Madison  "what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

Nice to see your caps lock is still broken too.


Slim
Slim

@Skookaloop  "the FACT that they HIERED a QB Coach,  as the NEW OC,

NOT an OC, to be the OC, is TROUBLING ???"


So there can never be any promotion in coaching? If you're a QB coach that's it for life? Gilbride is a guy who called draw plays on 3rd and long, hardly an "attack style" offense.


And constantly using Reese as a scapegoat is weak. There's plenty of blame to go around this franchise for its shortcomings.

Amilcar Cuevas
Amilcar Cuevas

@Skookaloop Ok u can say what u want about Reese but come on Ryan Grant. He had one good year and has essentially been hurt or out of the league since then. So let me stop u right there. Reese and his staff have reached here and there but that's the case with many GM's. I mean a lot of it is luck. David Diehl was luck, Bradshaw was luck, it happens. I know u don't like him but who do u want to replace him with. Give me a candidate you want as GM. Its easy to say fire Reese but who ya gonna replace him with. 

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

No chance at Jimmy. He wants WR money, and the saints will just franchise him as a TE.

JamesWS
JamesWS

@rico Amen.  We had a decade of success not because of our WRs, but because we had one of the most consistent and solid O-lines for 10 years straight.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Peter Sinapi Unless the Giants make a move on draft day to trade up, Watkins will be off the board before the 12th pick

rico
rico

Agreed, i wrote last summer " how snee goes so will go the giants". Sadly i was correct. Pugh looks like a keeper, after that fill in the blanks.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

Losing Snee was killer. I agree the O line needs to be the focus, and personally I would go through FA and sign a tackle and center/guard. Then use our 2nd or 3rd pick for a lineman. Our 1st round pick needs to be either Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans. If neither is available and a top OL (Lewan) or Ebron is available, then I'm game.

Peter Sinapi
Peter Sinapi

I've seen mocks where he is being placed anywhere from 10-18. Not that mocks are the end all, be all, but if he is there, it's a no brainer. I would also love mike Evans. His size would be huge on the outside. But I'm all about Sammy, even if they move up by trading a pick. I don't know what it would take but I think he is worth it.