McAdoo’s up-tempo offense will revive Giants

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Listening to Mike Francesa the past few days about the Giants’ offensive inefficiencies and he has been driving me nuts with his analysis. When callers broach the subject of play calling, he immediately cuts the caller off, stating “that’s not the problem – personnel is the problem,” and that he thinks play calling is “overrated.”

No kidding, the Giants need to upgrade, but that’s not the point his callers are trying to make. It’s not the plays OC Kevin Gilbride was calling, it was the process of calling them that is in question. He took too long and it hurt the offense.

The point is the Giants weren’t getting the plays into the huddle quick enough for the offense to gain any steam.  Eli Manning was consistently bumping up against the play clock. Things went downhill from there.

Gilbride was taking too long to convey the plays to QB Eli Manning. Manning then had less time to pass that down to the other ten players on the field, and no time to make adjustments at the line.

Eli had less time to: check to see if the right personnel was on the field, take/ask any questions (remember, the Giants had a lot of new faces in the huddle), scan the defense and audible, if necessary.

The results were seven delay of game penalties (sixth highest in the league), and the second-lowest efficiency rating in the NFL according to the statistical website Football Outsiders. On the positive side, they had the lowest amount of false starts in the NFL (8), but that could be due they had so little time to set.

Then there was the obvious. Receivers running wrong routes. Eli getting sacked more often. No holes for the running game. The defense was set, the Giants’ offense was not. One has to wonder how many times the Giants got the to line of scrimmage with all 11 players on the same page.

Did everyone know the play – and their assignments – when the ball was snapped? I’m thinking no, and that is why I think the time drag between plays had a lot to do with the Giants’ offensive failures.  When they went to a ‘hurry-up’ or no-huddle offense, they looked more cohesive, so personnel was not the issue there.

I’m not sure why Francesa continues to dismiss callers when they bring up this issue to him. As a blogger assigned to the Giants, I can tell you, this was a problem.

Under new OC Ben McAdoo’s up-tempo offense, the communication should be crisper and more timely. The offense will  attack and flow and the Giants will be headed back to the playoffs.




8 comments
thosegiants
thosegiants

@GiantsTalkLine outstanding article! Watching the offense putter bc of slow play calling pissed me off to no end. Oline does need to improve

chasesimms
chasesimms

“that’s not the problem – personnel is the problem,” 

I'm not a fan of Francesa at all.  He's a loud blowhard, BUT, he has a point here.  A good O line and running back can make a lot of guys look like "offensive geniuses", no?

And the Giants were very weak in both of those areas this season.  

1940isdead
1940isdead

Anyone who calls the big bag of wind is asking to be humiliated on his show. He is a legend in his own mind. I saw one reverse in the last game but other than that, when was the last time they had a reverse, an end-around, a flea-flicker, a faked FG, a faked punt. The Tuna beat SF in the 1990 NFC title game with the greatest call I have ever seen from a NYG coach with the fake punt taken up field by Gary Reasons.

Steve Musicant
Steve Musicant

Francesca has many opinions and little or no actual knowledge.  Why anyone would voluntarily listen to him pontificating is beyond comprehension.  He's arrogant and unlistenable.

cole3244
cole3244

with the lack of diversity in the number of plays the jints have to pick from its surprising they ever had a problem getting the plays into eli. 

this franchise has been behind the times offensively for years and its been the d that was always bailing them out, a diverse more innovative o will make for a more rested and dynamic d if the two work in harmony and not individually.

joeknix
joeknix

Good post John.  I couldn't agree more . . . I never understood why the Giants continually would get to the line with 5 or less seconds left  . . .what you didn't account for are all the timeouts that were wasted because of time winding down too which also puts you at a terrible disadvantage later in the game.  It was very obvious this year how often the QB's and WR's were not on the same page so the idea of quicker decisions and hopefully a clearer method of communication are just what the doctor ordered. . . not to mention, giving more time to Eli to evaluate things at the line consistently is a change that had to happen. 

Anthony Giammattei
Anthony Giammattei

With Francesa, since the Giants have won 2 Superbowls, the front office and coaching staff are completely beyond reproach.  With him it's always the player's fault. He chooses to continually ignore the fact that the offense was completely discombobulated from the preseason right through to the last game of the year.

rico
rico

@Anthony Giammattei I have no problem shaking it up and bringing in some new blood fresh ideas and energy but I don't blame the coaches.  The OL was decimated from before preseason. Wilson went bust and crack, Andre Brown broke twice. The Giants O was so decimated by injuries I heard they worked out Chris Christie as an OLman, but he kept eating the balls.


By mid season they were on like their 9th replacements on the OL.  You win and loose upfront and it was no puzzle why the Giants went nowhere this year.  No Chris Snee, No Bass, Diehl hurt, Cordle hurt. You don't dominate in the NFL on 5th string OL's.  That's not coaching, it's rounding up enough steer to get on the field every week.