Shortly after Kevin Gilbride retired as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants following a disappointing 2013 season, leading receiver Victor Cruz made his case for the team to hire Mike Sullivan as the next coach of the offense.
Sullivan was just coming off being dismissed as the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and many felt the former Giants quarterbacks coach made the most sense to succeed Gilbride as the Giants offensive coordinator and Cruz spoke highly in favor of Sullivan, especially since he ran an offense very similar to Gilbride and Cruz has had a ton of success in that offense over the last three years.
However, the Giants decided to make a hiring that was outside the box and not the typical former Tom Coughlin assistant when they gave the offensive coordinator job to Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, a long-time assistant under Mike McCarthy and who will be implementing the West Coast offensive system for the Giants in 2014.
With McAdoo now fully in charge of the offense, Cruz is very excited for the possibilities of what McAdoo can bring given how high-powered and up-tempo the Packers offense was over the last couple of seasons and thinks they can do the same in New Jersey.
“I was excited for it,” Cruz told the New York Post Monday at Macy’s in Herald Square where he was on hand to promote the NFL Shop at Super Bowl. “Obviously, it’s tough to see Gilbride go. He was like a mentor to me, but you always want to get someone that you feel is good for the job. We look at Green Bay and they’re a [high-powered] offense. We’re potentially going to bring some of that to us and we’re definitely all for that.”
With McAdoo's West Coast-style offense, it could potentially feature a lot more quick, short passes and slant routes that can give speedy receivers the chance to make plays in open space — something Cruz has been able to do effectively over the last three seasons and now with McAdoo running the offense here in New York, Cruz may find even more success with the new offensive system.
“I’m for all [going] up-tempo, getting a lot of catches, making a lot of plays,” he said. “That’s what I want to do — that’s kind of right up my alley. I’m excited to hear that, and I’m excited to get in there and learn the offense and get it going.”
In 2013, Cruz fell just two yards short of his third straight 1,000-yard season as he finished with 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns. He was injured in the Giants Week 15 loss to the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks 23-0 and following the game, needed surgery on his knee which kept him out for the team's final two games. If not for being injured by Seattle, Cruz likely would have netted his third-straight 1,000-yard season.
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