New York Giants: Spreading Out Offense Can Help

By Andrew Lecointe
Jim O’Connor — USA Today Sports

The New York Giants were sixth in the NFL in points scored in the 2012 season, but that statistic is a misleading one. The Giants had some explosive offensive performances against the likes of the New Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns. The Giants also lit up the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers in offensive explosions.

However, the Giants also had some very bad offensive performances, particularly in that stretch of games in late October into November. The Giants struggled in a three-game stretch against the Dallas CowboysPittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, struggling to generate any offensive consistency in those games and going 1-2, which started the bad second half that would eliminate them from playoff contention.

What do the Giants need to do to maintain consistency offensively? Giants’ QB Eli Manning always seems fine in September and October when the weather is nice. Manning, however, needs to maintain that high level of play in November and December as well. It’s difficult for quarterbacks since the weather isn’t friendly in those months. However, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride can do something about that.

With free-agent pickup WR Louis Murphy in the fold, along with WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz and WR Reuben Randle, the Giants should go to a four wide receiver look more often. Not only does it makes things difficult for the defense defending the pass, but it also opens things up for RB David Wilson, who will be the new starting running back this season.

Wilson is a speed back, so he can greatly benefit from the space provided with three or four wide receivers on the field. The Giants can even line up TE Brandon Myers or TE Adrien Robinson on the outside with three other receivers to help both the passing and running game.

Gilbride also must exhibit patience with a no-huddle offense. The Giants should get right to work on practicing it so they can use it more. The Giants should keep the defense constantly working much like what the New England Patriots do with their no-huddle offense and what the Eagles will most likely do this upcoming season.

To truly maximize everyone’s potential and talent, the Giants must spread out a lot more and quicken the pace this season.

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