After missing the playoffs the past two seasons, Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants aren’t one of the morning-line favorites to get back to the postseason.
With two weeks left until the regular-season opener in Detroit on Sept. 8, the Giants’ new offense is struggling, and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning does not look comfortable.
Rex Ryan has not-so-fond memories of the last time the Jets faced the Giants. Well, other than winning a preseason game that earned his team a Snoopy-topped bronze trophy.
Coach Tom Coughlin would never criticize his franchise quarterback, but he knows that there has to be changes with Eli Manning and the offense.
Although the performance against Indy has led to widespread consternation about Manning and his first-unit group, one must understand that McAdoo is keeping things under wraps.
While the team believes in the new up-tempo offense, Eli Manning said the players are doing too much thinking on the field and not reacting instinctively.
Coughlin said he hopes to get his first-string offense more opportunity to play together this week against the Indianapolis Colts.
“It was good to get the running game going and get that offensive line firing off,” Manning said after Sunday’s preseason win over Buffalo. “That always helps out the whole offense.”
In the midst of installing a new offense and eager to help Eli Manning bounce back from a brutal 2013 season, the Giants have a plan to turn their veteran quarterback into a version of Drew Brees.
“Yeah, it is different,” Manning said. “You come into the season a little nervous; you just don’t have (the same comfort). You have a good feel for it, but not to where I want it to be. That’s with repetition and more plays.”
Don’t kid yourself. If this O-line doesn’t get it together, whatever improvements were made to the rest of the roster will go for naught.
Installing a new offense is a difficult task for any coordinator. You have to rid your players of old habits and teach them new techniques. Ben McAdoo will likely struggle with Eli Manning.
This is the time to deliver messages to a football team. Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff did so emphatically on Thursday, the final day of the Giants’ minicamp.
Victor Cruz is eager to show off the Giants’ new offense. But that doesn’t mean it was easy watching former coordinator Kevin Gilbride exit East Rutherford.
What the Giants have here is not the end of the world. It’s an opportunity. If Matt Flynn indeed comes in for a workout, Big Blue should take a good, hard look at him.