While it is only the preseason, a lot of people are already starting to push the panic button regarding the offense of the New York Giants.
During their third preseason game on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Giants offense looked like the team that took the field in 2013 with Kevin Gilbride running what some called a stale and predictable offense, only this time, it was Ben McAdoo running things, but it certainly looked like the same old song and dance from a year ago.
The Giants are currently learning a new system with McAdoo as the team's new offensive coordinator and again, it is only the preseason, which generally means most teams don't show all of their cards in the summer. But even Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is starting to show some concern after the team's performance on Saturday night against the Colts and the 68-year-old head coach hopes that the preseason woes won't carry over into the regular season.
“I don’t know if there’s any other way of putting it but that,” Coughlin said, when asked if there was a fear that the poor performances by the offense would spill into the regular-season opener against Detroit. “We’ve had, over the last two years, we’ve had what would have to be looked at as unproductive preseasons or unproductive games in the preseason and yet, we still were able to come out and play well offensively in the regular season. Now, is that the case here? I don’t know that. We’re going to have to see how that goes. But is it a concern? Sure. It’s a concern.”
Last year, the Giants had what owner John Mara put as a "broken offense" under Gilbride and had it not been for his retirement from the NFL, that broken offense would have likely cost Gilbride his job as offensive coordinator. But now it's McAdoo running things and yet, the offense is still being talked about as having problems.
McAdoo was Coughlin's choice to be the offensive coordinator and if the Giants offense struggles again in the regular season and the team goes through another similar finish like 2013 with a sub-.500 record, Coughlin and company might not be around to see the 2015 season.
Of course, the Giants could just be waiting until the regular season to break out and unveil what the offense really will look like, in which case, all of this talk of concern will be for nothing. But until then, people will still raise questions as to whether or not McAdoo's offense in New York will actually work.
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