The New York Giants are installing a new offense for the first time since Eli Manning was drafted under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. It is never an easy process installing a brand new scheme, and the Giants are learning that the hard way. For the third straight preseason game, the Giants first team offense struggled mightily, as they got very little going against the Indianapolis Colts Saturday night.
All the news coming out of practice during the week is that the Giants are improving, but there is still plenty of work to do. Saturday against the Colts, it was evident that the first team offense has a long ways to go. Manning was unable to get anything going through the air, completing only one of his seven attempts for six yards. He was also sacked once for as many yards lost as he threw for.
The only thing the Giants have going for them through the first two games is a strong running game, and even that was nonexistent against the Colts. Rashad Jennings was unable to get anything going on the ground, as he managed only 19 yards on eight carries.
The most successful drive the Giants first team offense managed to put together came courtesy of the Colts help, as a Manning interception was reversed because of penalties. Then, a Victor Cruz fumble was overturned for penalties also.
The anemic level of the Giants first team offense is alarming. They were still without Odell Beckham Jr., but he practiced more this week and looks to be on track to play next week against the New York Jets. While adding another weapon to the offense will be nice, there are fundamental things that still need to be worked out with this offense for the Giants to get back on track.
Installing a new offense will take some time, but it is still nerve racking seeing how they are performing currently. They still have three weeks and two preseason games to work out the kinks, but right now this is not a team ready to perform in regular season games when it matters.