Jim Mancari, ContributorNew 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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