Tom Coughlin expects Giants offense to “move faster”
The Giants are 2-0 so far this preseason; so what could head coach Tom Coughlin be upset about? Despite the two wins, Coughlin is not pleased with the pace of the new offense being led by offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. McAdoo is in his first year at this position with the Giants and has emphasized picking up the pace so far this training camp. In the two wins, they have failed to make this adjustment. From NJ.com:
Ben McAdoo’s new West Coast-style offense is supposed to run with speed and rhythm. There is supposed to be some urgency between plays. Maybe it’s not Chip Kelly fast, but it is intended to move with purpose.
In the Giants’ first two preseason games, that’s hardly been the case. The Giants offense may be operating at a quicker pace than it did under former coordinator Kevin Gilbride, but it’s not enough for coach Tom Coughlin’s liking.
“I think, quite frankly, [the offense] does need to have rhythm. It does have to have more speed to it,” Coughlin said. “But we’ve got more time to work on that.”
On Saturday night, the Giants’ first-team offense with quarterback Eli Manning under center ran 11 plays. They held the ball for 6:40 and totaled 101 yards, 73 of which came on a Rashad Jennings touchdown burst down the right sideline.
Manning finished a paltry 0-for-2 passing. For the second straight game, he didn’t throw a pass 10 yards in the air.
The Giants’ first-team offense just didn’t move the ball consistently. They had too many mistakes, penalties and miscommunications (on the first play of the game, no less). It put them in tough third-and-long spot where McAdoo elected to proceed with extreme caution.
It’s not that the Giants are intentionally holding anything back. They’re not trying to pull a fast one on the rest of the league once the regular season comes around.
“I think you practice it in games,” Coughlin said. “And we practice this a lot.”
McAdoo takes over for Kevin Gilbride, who had been the Giants offensive coordinator for seven seasons (including two Super Bowl victories). McAdoo has brought over a new West Coast style offense that has admittedly given Eli Manning some trouble early in training camp.
Perhaps Manning will execute the offense better if he picks up the pace in between plays like Coughlin would like. However, if they keep winning like they have done so far this preseason, Coughlin and Manning won’t care how fast they move.
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