Coming in to the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was admittedly concerned about the lack of a rookie mini-camp, the recovery of quarterback Eli Manning (ankle) and the limited amount of time the team had to learn Ben McAdoo's offensive system. But after three days of OTAs, the early return of Manning and the dedication of all rookies, Coughlin drastically changed his tune.
Not only was the head coach pleased with attendance and the health of his quarterback, but he felt the offense made tremendous strides in adapting to the new system and learning the new terminology.
"We sailed through phase two pretty well, just working on opposite fields, but as far as understanding what was wanted and communicating on offense, I felt that was good. That's still good, we demonstrated that," Coughlin said. "It’s now the execution. It comes a little bit slower obviously when you put somebody over there on defense. Both sides of the ball are making a lot of adjustments and it’s a good thing and we’re obviously into special teams as well."
Although the defense was clearly and expectedly ahead of the offensive over the first three days of OTAs, the offense, as Coughlin alluded, slowly started to catch up a bit. And perhaps most importantly of all, the team ran a lot of hurry-up and no-huddle, reportedly drawing only one delay of game penalty — an issue that has plagued Big Blue for many, many years.
Still, Coughlin wants to see that aspect of the offense improve a bit more in the coming weeks, while also speeding things up even more.
"The no-huddle part is faster but that’s the way it’s always been. I hope it gets better, to be honest with you, and faster," Coughlin added.
The team will return to East Rutherford for the next round of OTAs on June 2nd and 3rd. From there, OTAs will take place on the following dates: June 5th, 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th. Mandatory mini-camp will then be held between June 17th-19th.
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