The New York Giants‘ offensive unit received quite a facelift this offseason.
Heading into the 2014 season, New York will have a brand new starting running back, wide receiver, tight end, a few new components to the offensive line and, perhaps most significantly, a new offensive coordinator.
Former Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo has taken over the reins of this new-look Giants offense. Now, with several new pieces at his disposal, New York’s offense should also have a bit of a new style.
In Kevin Gilbride‘s offensive scheme, the Giants used a lot of downhill passes and power running. At certain points, the offense seemed to blossom, while other times it was rendered ineffective. Eli Manning can throw a great deep ball but he would also sometimes force throws into double and triple coverages down the field.
This season, the Giants need to find more of a balance. In no way should they abandon the deep ball, but they need to work in a fair amount of screens and short-yardage plays. Screen passes have never been a real staple of New York’s offense (which is putting it mildly) but it really needs to become one in 2014.
The Giants acquired a few speedsters who should be absolutely lethal in open space. Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashad Jennings are two players who are electric if they find themselves in the open field. The two of them also join threats like Victor Cruz and Jerrel Jernigan. We all know what to expect out of Cruz but Jernigan also showed a spark at the end of last season and may even cement himself into New York’s lineup this year.
Again, New York should not do anything drastic. However, certain alterations do need to be made in order for the Giants to truly take advantage of the offensive weapons they recently acquired. Gilbride always seemed very set on his own style and game-plan. We’ll just have to wait and see about McAdoo.