Change coming slowly to Giants’ offense

Installing a new offense has it’s ebbs and flows. That is what the Giants are experiencing this summer. It’s a slow process that doesn’t necessarily produce immediate results.

The short passing game and run schemes must be conquered first before the vertical passing game is attempted. The Giants have shown they run the ball, but are still working on the short passing game. Head coach Tom Coughlin said the other day the pass plays will get more vertical going forward.

The new system along with trying to acclimate all the new personnel means the Giants have a lot to accomplish yet in this preseason.

Not helping matters: Top pick Odell Beckham, Jr. has yet to practice with the team; the offensive line has three new starters and they haven’t settled on a starting TE yet.

Add in the fact that WR Victor Cruz has yet to be targeted in a game and Rueben Randle has just one catch thus far and it’s easy to see why the Giants appear to be struggling.

There are three weeks to go before the start of the NFL season. Can they do it? Of course. When the offensive starters hit the field for real – and stay out there for four quarters – you will see a marked difference.

The Daily News Live panel debates whether there should be concern surrounding the Giants offense as the NFL season approaches.

GEICO SportsNite: Ralph Vacchiano discusses the Giants offense’s lack of explosiveness in their first two preseason games and what they can do to fix it.


All of this struggling in the preseason proves to me is that the NFL's pipe dream of getting rid of two games in the hopes of going to an 18 game regular season schedule is never going to happen, because teams will never be comfortable with their systems after only 2 games in August. Just the situation of expanding the playoffs with two more teams for a 14 team playoff field and eliminating 2 preseason games in the process for Union approval will also be problematic for most. The teams with the least personnel turnover in the offseason will be the only ones who might come "out of the gate" most prepared. Teams with coaching changes and many FA and draft pick players to integrate will get off to bad starts and affect their chances for the playoffs. The Giants are lucky they have 5 games this preseason to prepare, because next year, they're only going to have two games to do so.