John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The Giants were forced to make changes after their offense of the past decade got shipwrecked in 2013. It was painful to watch but let’s face it, couldn’t have come at a better time. They would have had to make changes no matter what.
The hiring of Ben McAdoo doesn’t exactly put the Giants out in front offensively these days. It simply helps them keep pace.
The NFC East has suddenly become a hotbed of offensive thinking. The Eagles and Chip Kelly bent the ear of the entire league with their fast-paced attack. He turned the Eagles into division winners last year and is developing QB Nick Foles into prominent passer.
Washington hired Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as head coach this offseason. He is considered one of the game’s best QB whisperers. He has two of the NFL’s top young ones in RGIII and Kirk Cousins.
Dallas, frustrated with Jason Garrett’s offense, retained him as head coach but will be handing the playcalling over to others. The team already has Bill Callahan in-house and has added Scott Linehan as their “passing game coordinator.” Linehan was most recently with Detroit, where the passing attack was among the NFL’s best. His presence should lift the productivity of QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant.
The Giants needed someone like McAdoo to thrust them into the fray. Offenses in the division promise to be high-powered and up-tempo. The Giants are solidifying their plan. Now all they have to do is put some faces to the key positions they need on offense.
The only constants are QB Eli Manning, OL Justin Pugh and WRs Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Open positions to be filled include TE, OG, RB and WR. The quest to put faces to those needs begins next Tuesday, when the free agency period opens.