Is Kevin Gilbride A Good Play-Caller?
The New York Giants offense can be spectacular at times, racking up points and yards through the air. The Giants rely on QB Eli Manning to be the backbone of the offense and the leader of the team. While Manning has developed an obvious connection with WR Victor Cruz, Manning spreads the ball around to WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Domenik Hixon and others.
While that may be nice, the Giants offense has not necessarily been consistent in many games for a full four quarters. In the first half of their game against the Washington Redskins, the Giants offense was moving up and down the field, but only had one touchdown and two field goals to show for it.
Why does it seem the Giants offense only clicks during certain moments in a game? During the third quarter and most of the fourth quarter, the Giants failed to run the football in obvious run situations, despite RB Ahmad Bradshaw’s open plea to run the football.
That is mostly the fault of the play-caller, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. In a moment in the fourth quarter, immediately after the Giants recovered a fumble by Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, many thought the Giants would run the ball up 20-13. Instead, Gilbride calls a pass play and the worst possible scenario occurs. Manning throws an interception and gives the ball back to the Redskins in field goal range.
While the interception was clearly Manning’s fault, why do you attempt to throw the football when there’s an opportunity to run out a lot of the clock? If it weren’t for Manning’s elite quarterback ability, the Giants may have lost the game.There were plenty of opportunities to run the ball effectively. Bradshaw obviously wanted more carries and he came off of two splendid rushing performances, including against possibly the best rushing defense in the NFL.
The Giants offense usually compensates for the defense’s inability to stop opposing offenses. If Gilbride continues to take bad chances, especially like the one made against the Philadelphia Eagles in their loss earlier this season, the Giants may not go as far as they want.
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