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New York Giants’ Eli Manning Feels Adjustment to New Offense Will Be “Season-Long” Affair

August 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Five weeks of the preseason are now officially in the books and the New York Giants appear no closer (okay, maybe a little bit closer) to mastering Ben McAdoo's new West Coast-style offense than they did when it was first implemented. And, unfortunately, quarterback Eli Manning believes it's going to take quite some time before they get things where they need them to be — quite possibly even an entire season.

"I think it’s still trying to get it exactly the way we want it. It’s a work in progress. It’s not the final product right now. It’s going to be, the more games, the more plays we get, the more practice," Manning said. "There’s definitely room for improvement and that will be a season-long situation, which is, I think, normal. That’s not a bad thing. I think we have to know what we do well and where we need to make our improvements and be dedicated to being harsh on ourselves to make those improvements."

While Manning admits the potential for a "season-long" work-in-progress, he wasn't at all critical of the offensive performance in the preseason. Rather, he praised his teammates for coming together in practice and working hard, pointing out they had made some good strides over the last few weeks. But his idea of season-long adjustments is not exactly something fans want to hear, and may not be something the higher-ups want to see.

If the preseason is any indication of what the regular season holds, the Giants must focus heavily on the running game. If not, it could spell disaster for the first several weeks of the season.

Luckily, head coach Tom Coughlin remains committed to the run and insists the Giants will use it in heavy doses — something that would appear to be the right move given how effective Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams & Co. were throughout the preseason.

“I am very confident we are going to get the passing game straightened around,” Coughlin told “Have we sat back and flat-out thrown the ball in one game? No, we haven’t, because we are not going to get away from the run. Because last year we were so poor in the run game that it ruined our balance and in result, we turned the ball over at ridiculous rates. So that is not going to happen and we wanted to make sure of that throughout the course of the preseason."

It will be interesting to see how the Giants balance trying to adjust to their new offense with trying to win football games.


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14 Responses to “New York Giants’ Eli Manning Feels Adjustment to New Offense Will Be “Season-Long” Affair”

  1.  Since 1963 says:

    See, this is how they get Eli to complete 70%. They have him throw ten screens all year and expect him to complete seven.

  2.  Krow says:

    The problem is that if he’s right then 2014 is a practice year. It’s 16 exhibition games … followed by watching other teams in the playoffs. Not much to look forward to.

  3. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    NFL Injured Reserve rules:

    - Season-ending IR (self explanatory)
    - Injured Reserve with designation to return: Teams can only use this once per year. Player is on the IR list for 8 weeks and eligible to return in Week 9.
    - Injured Reserve with “minor injury” designation: Teams can place players on IR with “minor injury” designation, but must release the player(s) once they return to health. They can NOT be placed back on the active roster or re-signed once they are released.
    - Waived/Injured: Players with less than 4 years of service can be waived/injured. If they clear waivers, they are automatically placed on IR. Players with 4+ years of experience are not subject to waivers and immediately go to IR.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      I should add, any player placed on season-ending IR or who is waived/injured and lands on IR are all subject to being released with an injury settlement. They can not be released outright prior to IR or after being placed on IR, so injury settlements are a must or they remain on IR.

  4.  Michael Cervellino says:

    I’m sorry but I don’t like that season long nonsense, especially from a 10 year veteran. Unless he’s referring to the receivers and the OL. Cruz is terrific and will be fine in any scheme, but our other receivers are inexperienced and the offensive line is patchwork at best. It’s painful watching the line react to twists and stunts, let alone telegraphed or delayed blitzes. But I’ve coached football a long time, including a quick tempo offense, and I would think this system would be easier than what we’ve had in the past. Quick sets, simplified routes, shorter time for pass blocking responsibilities due to getting the ball out faster. The only thing that might be difficult is the terminology. For Eli it should be business as usual. He should be able to utilize 3,5,or 7 step drops, rollouts, or floating protections and make every throw, whether it is down the field, in the 8-12 yard intermediate range, or outside the hashes. He has always thrived in a quick set situation. I may be overly optimistic, but I still think the final product will be better than the preseason. With the defense we have, and our good running attack, if we limit the turnovers drastically, we will be in every single game except Seattle. The line has to be better, though, because Eli has become gun shy, and the high throws are a result of him not getting set, turning his shoulder rather than staying square, and throwing off his back foot. Go back and review tape, you’ll see what I mean By the way, every time I see rookie receivers like Brandin Cooks, Jordan Matthews, Michael Campanaro making it look easy out there, I get a knot in my stomach. You guys know what I mean. Interesting to see if we make any waiver wire pickups. I think OL is still clearly an area of need, whether folks on here agree or not.

    •  GIANTT says:

      Mike , Ive been an advocate for Eli in this offense . I think that , once THE OTHER GUYS learn their jobs he will thrive in it . Nothing complicated for them and Eli calls the play when he gets to the line after seeing the defense .Now , if these guys will stop drooling over Kate Mara (see below) we can get back to football !

    •  fanfor55years says:

      She’s a pretty girl but when I see her on the sidelines she doesn’t look THAT good. Lighting and makeup and filters on cameras do a lot for these actresses.

  5.  GIANTT says:

    Just tell your wife you thought it was an update on a rookie Kip Mara from Podunk state

  6.  rlhjr says:

    Michael Cervellino another excellent post sir. This season long adjustment period sounds very suspect to me. Second or third game is more like it.
    But the organization had to think there would be a period of adjustment.

    It would seem that up tempo is not in Coughlin’s vocabulary. I’ve wondered since Eli’s second year why they don’t at least run a no huddle just to shake things up.
    Clearly Eli excels in that environment. McAdoo is going to have to float/roll the pocket to buy time until the O-line gels.

    Right now (until proven otherwise) the Giants have only three (3) quality offensive linemen on the roster. And one of them is out for six weeks, maybe eight. That can’t bode well for the year.

    The run game might improve along with the recovery of Mosley and the return of Schwartz to the RIGHT side of the offensive line. Mosley should provide good depth and may one day be a right tackle. But more powerful drive blocking is required to augment the running game. That won’t come from Beatty and although a solid lineman, road grating won’t come from Pugh either.
    Hopefully they might find some help on the present roster. But it seems clear that draft day work on the O-line is not completed.

    Gilbride offense was plodding and the route tree options were cumbersome.
    This offense forces quicker reads and reaction on the part of the receivers but not more complicated. I think a lot of the blame is on the receivers. And if Beckum is indeed a quick study, he can’t get healthy fast enough.

    One thing for sure, this offense is made to get the ball out quickly and into the hands of skill players who can make people miss and generate YAC.
    That was supposed to be Jernigan’s strong suite. Randle is not that type of receiver no matter his IQ. And Cruz is a pattern runner with speed.
    So it seems the Giants skill personnel (without having seen Beckum) is ill suited for running this offense. These young receivers (Washington/Parker) look like they have the talent to help. But the are greener than a Granny Smith’s apple.

    If the Giants are committed to running this offense, they had better go get a high octane WR with the speed and moves to make it go. Just like the defense can never have enough good pass rushers, the McAdoo offense can never have enough YAC skill players.

    •  rlhjr says:

      “Right now (until proven otherwise) the Giants have only three (3) quality offensive linemen on the roster. And one of them is out for six weeks, maybe eight. That can’t bode well for the year.”

      Make that four. The ex Denver center has not been bad at all.

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