Starting offense looks dreadful in Giants’ win over Colts

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

I’m sure there are Giant fans out there this morning that are attempting to find anything redeeming in last night’s comeback win over the Colts in Indianapolis. My advice to you: don’t bother.

The Giants’ new offense, which was supposedly ready to flip the switch and begin scoring in droves, was abhorrently inept in it’s debut. The horror story begins with QB Eli Manning (1/7 for six yards), who threw above, beneath and behind his receivers in a performance that has to have the Giants worried today. Seven of their ten possessions through the first three quarters went three-and-out.

The offense, which is designed to attack defenses with a blitzkrieg of quick strikes, appeared to be moving as if they were under water: sluggish, deliberate and predictable. It’s as if they were participating in a “carded” practice. You know, the ones where the defense knows the plays ahead of time?

“It wasn’t very impressive at all. We didn’t get a whole lot done,” said head coach Tom Coughlin after the game. “We had some things planned for some of their special pressures, we didn’t take advantage of that. We missed some throws that could have helped us, that may have gotten us the chance to get some movement. It is, it is disappointing but we’re going back to work. It’s all we can do, look at the tape, go back to work and put people in the same positions they were in in this ball game and hopefully they can achieve.”

It was hard to watch until the fourth quarter – aka Garbage Time – when the Giants’ reserves scored 27 points in the final ten minutes to erase a 26-point Colt lead and win the game. But, truth be told, most of the players on the field at that time will either be on the bench or on the street come September. It means nothing.

Each team drew 13 penalties, which is absolutely ridiculous. The officials have been mandated to uphold the letter of the law when it comes to defensive contact this preseason, and quite frankly, it’s gone a bit too far. Some calls were warranted, of course, but the majority of the flags should never have been thrown. It slowed the game down and limited it’s competitiveness.

Positives: Uh…wait. WR Corey Washington scored the winning TD for the third week in a row. TE Adrien Robinson actually had receptions of 33 and 26 yards. WR Marcus Harris had four more catches for a total of 41 yards. LB Jacquian Williams had nine tackles. LB Devon Kennard and DE Damontre Moore recorded sacks. Tom Coughlin did not need medical attention.

Negatives: Some others did need medical attention, however. CB Prince Amukamara strained a groin. DT Markus Kuhn had an elbow. T Charles Brown bruised a shoulder and S Cooper Taylor took a cart ride with an apparent foot/toe issue. Steve Weatherford punted nine times, which is absurd for a preseason game.  The Giants went only 4-15 on third down (27%) but scored on all three of their red zone visits.

Notes: The Giants’ ten longest plays of the night all occurred in the fourth quarter…former Giant WR Hakeem Nicks caught all five of the passes thrown his way for a total of 53 yards. He was flagged for taunting Giants’ CB Trumaine McBride after one catch. It looked playful enough, but the officials didn’t see it that way…S Quintin Demps had two KO returns for 63 yards with a long of 43, but fumbled one away….Rookie OL Weston Richburg played the most snaps on offense (48), mostly at center…the Colts had a chance to win the game with a FG in the final ten seconds, but P Pat McAfee’s 64-yard attempt went wide left.




22 comments
triviaace
triviaace

Defense doesn't look so hot either.  If they don't find their groove it's going to be a long season.  Ugh! 

j_spikett
j_spikett

manning looks like he doesn't care. he made his money. what does he have to play for?

Major Pain 0303
Major Pain 0303

Lets call a spade a spade. Its been bad. No one can argue that but if Cruz who is normally so sure handed catches that bomb and holds on to the football maybe they get on a roll and look good but that drop just deflated the whole team. I will reserve judgement until after game 3 which is game 4 of this preseason for the Giants. They will probably play a half so there should be enough time for them to be productive. If they stink it up like they did last night I don't want to hear excuses I want to hear the plan they have to fix it. If they play well and look good then I will reserve judgement until game 1 against the Lions.

Martin London
Martin London

Looks like a 4-12 team at best. They looked this awful in the preseason last year if you recall. Everyone says it means squat, but then they went 0-6...

greekgod
greekgod

Coughlin has to wake up and find out if Eli is able to play in the new offense and it seems to me that he DOES not like McAdoo.....its plain as day. Nassib looked great whether it was 3rd stringers or first....he did a great job in my mind.....he has a whip for arm strength and on the money.

He should start next week with the Jets. 

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

The O-LINE is BROKEN.....

OL- Zack Martin played RG with the 1st String,

and Looked Very Good---

Lyle M. Weiser
Lyle M. Weiser

Right Jeff,


Nassib had the same success this week as Painter had last week; i.e., vs. 3rd stringers. It means squat! Should Eli go down - "god forbid" (and the odds get better each year that he will), we will be in line for a top 5 draft choice for 2015.

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

It's obvious Eli hates this offense. If he continues to pout like a spoiled brat, we're in for a long season.

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

What cracks me up is that you were tauting Painters performance at qb in the previous games, when he was going up against third stringers and players who will end up bagging groceries. Playing against the twos he looked ordinary at best. Yet when Nassib went up against the third stringers and bag boys - he looked dominant - especially when he came back from having his bell rung.

I think Nassib still has a long way to go (and sadly so does Eli), but I'd have no problem cutting Painter.

Eli needs to have a couple of seconds in order to make a pass. He was rushing his throws and his mechanics were all off since the line was not helpful.

Btw - Richburg played center and both guard positions last night

rico
rico

at what point do we want to see Nassib play a series with the 1st teamers?

rico
rico

@Martin London this new passing game is supposed to be much simpler than last years, no more "interpreting" and read-react stuff, just straight routes yet last night Eli and his receivers looked like they were running different plays, Eli was also off-target and the offensive line is anybodies guess but not looking "fixed"


time to worry, and time for Reese to target a LT in a trade or from the waiver wire.


Reese: "Hello may I speak to Kareem McKenzie?  Yeah hi Kareem do you want a job?  Bring your sneakers."

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

Zack Martin also took out the best defender on Dallas's defense...... They need to decide who the top 5 linemen are, and let them build chemistry.

I think we'll be fine at RG with Richburg and with Beckham catching passes on the outside

Jeff Comerford
Jeff Comerford

My point is, you can't get to excited about playing in garbage time, whether it's painter or Nassib.

I think changing offense and oline at same time is tough, and we might not hit our stride till midseason

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

They might be in line for a top 5 draft pick even with Eli. He's looked worse then both of the other 2.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants moderator

@Jeff Comerford True...Painter is the guy the Giants want to cut, but right now, that does not seem possible....Richburg did play both, we stand corrected...scorecard had him listed at center only 

nymess06
nymess06

Last preseason game

While Eli pouts on the sideline

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@Jeff Comerford

JPP Took-Out T2,

T2 would have Been a TOP 10 CB.....

basicly, Ended his Career.....

------

I see Very Bad O-LINE Problems.....

... and as the Season goes on....

.............. the worse...... they will get.....

add injuries,

and NO Chemistry,

and the OFFENSE will have NO Rhythm,

NO Timing......

....... REESE never FULLY addressed the O-Line....

that's WHY,

OL- Z. Martin was the RIGHT Pick....

..... Poor ELI.........





rico
rico

@Lyle M. Weiser @rico wow some of you guys are really down on Eli.  


Eli has always looked like he's pouting, even when he's winning. That's the way he looks.  


What we have learned is that Eli turns into Dave Brown when he doesn't have a quality OL in front of him, and that's not his fault