Now that the New York Giants are eliminated from playoff contention following Sunday’s loss to the San Diego Chargers, and it is time for offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to start experimenting and finding ways to get the passing game going. Quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for over 3,200 yards so far with three games remaining, so he’ll most likely fall short of the 4,000 yard mark for the second consecutive season.
The passing game of the Giants has been the main reason why the team is sitting at 5-8 right now. They have been stagnant during many stretches because of predictability and protection issues. If the Giants want to keep Gilbride beyond this season he has to show that he is willing to change things for the better.
I’ve mentioned this strategy numerous times before, but a nice change Gilbride can go with is a no-huddle offense. The perception of the no-huddle offense is that it is a fast offense that limits time of possession for offenses. However, a no-huddle offense can simply be used to prevent the defense from bringing in fresh players.
For a no-huddle offense to work a smart quarterback is needed. Few quarterbacks in this league can process information at the line of scrimmage better than Manning. Manning is intelligent and can figure out what the defense will try to throw at him. He usually adjusts his protection accordingly, even though that hasn’t mattered much this year. Still, the Giants have dynamic wide receivers as well to make it work.
What do the Giants have to lose at this point? They are eliminated from playoff contention. It’s time to utilize a heavy dose of the no-huddle offense in the last three games and see if it’s something the Giants should work on in the offseason to use next season.