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New Up-Tempo Offense Gives New York Giants Advantage They Haven’t Had in Years

August 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
By Billy Javed

Thus far into the season, the New York Giants offense hasn’t looked particularly sharp outside of the running game on occasion. The unit is still a work in progress; with a lot of new faces and concepts both on and off the field its not astonishing that the team has struggled early, and the issues don’t seem to be anything that they cannot workout. Nonetheless, there has not been much to celebrate on the offensive end of the ball, but there is one element of the new offense that will be of tremendous significance in the Ben McAdoo era.

Despite his two super bowl rings, any consistent Giants fan could tell you that former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride was often very slow or late in getting his plays to Eli Manning. Often it was assumed that poor communication or technological issues were to blame. However, McAdoo’s offense has been quick to expose this folly of the old giants offense where not only were countless delay of game penalties called but also countless time outs had been wasted trying to avoid such penalties.

Early in the first quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers game, the Giants faced a 3rd-and-8 and because they were able to get the play in quickly, Eli had time to set the offense, examine the defense, work both the play clock and defensive line, and then would eventually coerce Steelers’ defensive line into an encroachment penalty. On what a year ago would likely had been a loss of five yards can now potentially be a gain of five yards. That 10 yards may not seem like a lot, but considering how often the Giants struggled with this problem in the past, most Giants fans will be content just keeping the timeouts and five yards let alone gaining five additional yards.

As the offense becomes smoother and settles in, the up-tempo play calling will be a valuable resource at Eli Manning’s disposal as he is already considered one of the more intelligent pre-snap quarterbacks in the league. The additional time to examine defenses and manipulate encroachment penalties will tremendously help Eli where in the past he was often caught snapping the ball with a second left on the play clock, allowing the opposing defensive linemen to get a great jump on the snap and place further pressure on the offensive line.

It may just be a byproduct of the new system or it could be a strategy that was discussed in the offseason as another means of protecting Eli Manning. Either way the up-tempo play calling will be incredibly beneficial on many fronts. It will also make any substitutions made by the defense slightly tougher as well; yielding fatigued defensive linemen and potential 12 men on the field penalties.

Unfortunately, this will all be irrelevant if the offensive line cannot do its job and protect Eli. There is no advantage to a permeable and fickle offensive line regardless of what plays are being called or how quickly the plays are coming in. Luckily it’s still early and if there were ever a time to make mistakes it would be now. The Giants just better hope they can minimize the mistakes soon or it could cost them.

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26 Responses to “New Up-Tempo Offense Gives New York Giants Advantage They Haven’t Had in Years”

  1.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    August 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM
    I think it’s been way overblown how much TEs are needed in this offense. The GB offense last year nor the offense we had used TEs a lot. The TEs need to be a lot more versatile in this offense but actually being huge receiving threats is not needed. Quarless was their main Te last year. Donnell can be him.

    And I am of the opinion we should use the GB offense as a basis because nothing we have heard from practices or seen in games tells us any different. And if we use don’t totally go all Gb we all know our former offense didn’t rely on the TEs.

    Yes, the TEs need to be better than they have been but you can say that about any position on the offense right now. The TEs won’t make or break our season like some seem to think.

    skinnydoogan says:
    August 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM
    GOAT, have you forgotten that this is the Giants and not GB. I am pretty sure Macadoo wants to run his own offense not GB’s. And the TE’s are important. Jeez.

    skinnydoogan says:
    August 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM
    Quite frankly, your arguments about tight ends don’t make any sense, you spend half the day trying to convince us that Adrien Robinson and the rest are good, the other half trying to convince us that our new GB offense we will be running, does not require tight ends. Hard to take either seriously.

    GOAT56 says:
    August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM
    I thought Robinson would be good, maybe he still will be. But that’s not the same as thinking they were the driving force behind this offense. They never were.

    McAdoo in running his own offense is so far doing the exact stuff that was done in GB. Of course there will be some new winkles but one of them is not trying to use our TEs like Graham.


    •  skinnydoogan says:

      So you have the playbook? Your certain we are running GB ver 2? I find it hard to believe a coordinator attempting to make a name for himself on a new team is just going to “copy” a system and do the exact same thing. We have only had 2 Preseason games, no way are the Giants showing their hand on what sort of exact offense they are going to run, and once and for all, this group of TE’s may be the worst of one of the worst we as Giants fans have ever seen. Not one single guy (minus Grimble, because riding a stationary bike doesn’t count) in this group has any athletic abilities. A-Rob runs so slow it looks like he may have s*** his pants during the play. This group is awful, horrible, garbage, slow, ungainly, etc. They are bad.

      •  Kettles78 says:

        I think Robinson is actually fast in dashes just plays slow. No idea

      •  ERICHONIUS says:

        Could GOAT not make the same argument against you? You are so quick to make claims about how the TE’s are so important to this offense. Let me ask you: do you have the playbook? No? Then GOAT has every right to argue that the TE’s will not be integral to the offense. Further, IMO, his premise that TE’s not being a major part of GB’s production is an indication of their lesser-importance to our offense is better than anything you have backing your doom-mongering.

          •  skinnydoogan says:

            Doom-mongering? because the TE’s stink?

            •  skinnydoogan says:

              Erichonius, nice job refuting my argument, I have nothing right now….

            •  GOAT56 says:

              Because you think because the TEs are good enough our season is over. Or at least by your posts that’s the way you make it seem. It’s really been over discussed considering how much they will likely be used. It would be nice if there was more progress at this point but it’s not nearly as important as you and some others think. I sighted to use of the TEs in the GB offense as reference.

  2.  PittsburghJim says:

    Robinson, Grimble & Davis will be cut.
    Fells & Donnell will stay.
    We will pick up a serviceable type who can catch at some point.

    The line much more in need of inspection.

    I think we all know it…

    JR better stay on high alert. If Beatty comes back & underwhelms….hoo boy!

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Not so sure of that yet. Davis is the best blocker of the bunch and Grimble could turn out to be a serviceable all-around kid who can be stashed on the practice squad.

      Frankly, at this point I agree with you but there are still three weeks to go and perhaps we’ll see real progress. Doubtful, but can’t be ruled out yet.

      •  BigBlueGiant says:

        Grimble goes to the practice squad for sure. Davis might actually make the team over Robinson.

        Although, i think we can keep 2 TE’s in this system and be ok.

  3.  fanfor55years says:

    I love the up-tempo change. Too long in coming. But let’s not expect miracles. It may take a long time before the offense clicks. It could conceivably take until 2015. I expect things to be a bit messy at least into October. Probably longer.

  4.  Kettles78 says:

    I will also be interesting when cuts start maybe some other options at TE become available for one reason or another.

    The up temp offense I am in for because the delay of game penalties drive you nuts. In one of the games this preseason the clock still got all the way down and seemed like a rushed snap somehow.

  5.  BigBlueGiant says:


    fanfor55years says:
    August 13, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    To add tight end insult to tight end injury, if he manages to suit up for them I’ll bet Travis Beckum will be successful with the Saints. Payton will use him correctly.

    Sadly, since drafting a rookie next spring and expecting him to make a difference is a fool’s errand, they are going to have to go out and sign a free agent tight end, or two. Problem is, I’m not confident that Reese, Ross, Gilbride and Coughlin could identify a good one. Their track record ain’t good.

    Most people would read this and think you’re crazy. But ya know what? I actually agree with you on Beckum down in NO. If his knee holds up that is.

    Actually come to think of it, had we kept Travis Beckum, He’d be a great fit in McAdoo’s offense. And might actually be our #1 TE at this point. Scary thought, right?

    •  rlhjr says:

      The blueprint for McAdoo’s tight end is simple

      Size: 250-260
      Mentally/Physically Tough: “Gronk” “Unicorn”
      Speed: 4.5 / 4.7 40YD
      Blocking Ability: Like a Fullback
      Good Hands:

      In other words a special athlete is required. Not many to be found who are big and strong enough to be a stand out blocker. However, he really only has to be able to chip and get in the way. Which is exactly what Beckum will do.
      Now how good Beckum will be now is a really good question.

  6.  Kettles78 says:

    We may be able to settle this “what the playbook” will be on August 26th when the New Madden comes out and will have a new playbook for the Giants.

    lol kidding on that of course

  7.  James Stoll says:

    can’t wait to see if the offense can do anything against Indy
    yesterday’s practice report was ugly as far as the offense goes
    beat writers are beginning to predict that MM will be cut and that Nassib may be in trouble

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      gonna be some rough growing pains for us.

      Let’s just hope ODB comes around sooner than later and we don’t find ourselves with another “Nicks” like player.

      And ya, MM is in trouble. Seems like Corey Washington might be a shoe in at this point.

      •  James Stoll says:

        I’m kind of already penciling Washington and Harrisinto the final 53
        \now I’m wondering whether Parker makes it as well

        Cruz, Randal, Beckum, Washington< Harris, Parker

        \JJ has a knee and has yet to set the world on fire
        Parker already looks like a better punt returner than JJ ever did

        •  James Stoll says:

          if JJ gets cut, you know the Genius will be smiling

          •  Kettles78 says:

            I don’t think JJ will get cut because they just found out he could play last year.

            I think the receivers are going to be Cruz, OBJ, Randle, Washington, and JJ. But they might keep 6 so not sure who would have the edge for that last spot if they do. But who knows

            •  James Stoll says:


              I don’t necessarily agree that the giants found out JJ could play last year
              all his stats came in garbage game at season’s end
              it is a little like Meyers stats with the Raiders the year before we signed him
              he caught 79 balls, 79 garbage balls
              JJ has never done anything that matters
              Washington Harris and maybe even Parker already look more dynamic

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