The New York Giants may have won the game, but with the exception of Curtis Painter in the fourth quarter and a huge run by Rashad Jennings early on, their new-look West Coast-style offense took a step back on Saturday.
The passing game was essentially non-existent, penalties killed drives and there was clearly some miscommunication with the tight ends and wide receivers — both on their routes and where they were supposed to be lining up pre-snap.
Despite it all, the frustrated Giants not yet ready to hit the panic button.
"We could’ve executed better, but that’s something we’ll look at on the film and learn from that," quarterback Eli Manning said. "I think we’ll try to learn from it and understand that it’s the preseason and not everything is going to be perfect. But we’ll definitely have some stuff to look at and to get better on a few things."
The aforementioned Rashad Jennings, who was the lone offensive bright spot for the first three quarters, echoed Manning's sentiments, saying Saturday's game presents a learning opportunity for Big Blue and that their job is now to come back and fix the issues.
“We didn’t execute as well as we needed to, a well as we can,” Jennings told the New York Daily News. “That’s just kind of what it is. Learn. Grow. Come back out next week and try to get better.”
Although both Manning and Jennings were a bit scaled back in their analysis of the offense, head coach Tom Coughlin was a little more blunt in his assessment.
"Didn’t like a lot that went on. Didn’t like the penalties. Didn’t like the turnovers. Didn’t like the muffed punt. Didn’t like the backwards lateral that I think was awful close but they called it a fumble, so what are you going to do," Coughlin said. "The production should have been better. But we certainly do have some things to work on. So we will again teach from the standpoint of correcting mistakes with a win."
The Giants will return to practice on Monday and have only four remaining before training camp concludes. Between now and then, and then up to Week 1 against the Detroit Lions, there's a lot of learning they need to do, but all remain confident that when the games start to count, they'll be ready to go.
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