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10 observations about Ben McAdoo's offense

Posted: 7/30/2014 12:15 PM

10 observations about Ben McAdoo's offense 

Jordan Raanan | NJ.comBy Jordan Raanan | 
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on July 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM, updated July 30, 2014 at 9:34 AM

1. A Well Designed Scheme --
 Short, quick routes. Easy quick-hitters. This offense is designed to take advantage of playmakers. It's designed to make life easier for the wide receivers, quarterback and offensive line. The receivers don't have as many option routes. The quarterback releases the ball quicker and takes less hits. The offense line doesn't hold their blocks as long. McAdoo's scheme makes perfect sense, especially in today's NFL where the rules are designed to favor offensive playmakers.

2. It's Fast, Fast, Fast -- The Giants are rushing out of the huddle, if they huddle at all. "Let's go! Let's go!" is a common refrain at practice. Gone are the days of the play clock being down to one on just about every Manning snap. It may not be Chip Kelly fast, but McAdoo has sped up the Giants offense considerably.

3. Good for Eli -- The new offense and voice in his ear has brought Manning out of his comfort zone. He's being asked to get rid of the ball quicker, change his footwork and learn an entirely new language. After 10 years in the same offense and a horrid 2013 season, a new offense might be just what the doctor ordered. Just ask San Diego's Philip Rivers, who had one of the best years of his career in 2013 after similar changes.

4. Ideal for the WRs -- McAdoo's offense seems perfect for the wide receivers on the roster. Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham (when finally healthy) and Jerrel Jernigan are run-after-the-catch receivers. They're made for an offense that puts the ball in their hands quickly. And Rueben Randle with his ability to go up and make catches is a perfect compliment. The offense should work well for this group.

5. Best for Cruz -- Cruz in particular should thrive in this new system. He already looks dominant catching balls from Manning at practice. He caught 80-plus passes in 2011 and 2012. He was on pace for 83 receptions before an injury cut last season short. It's not hard to envision 100 catches for Cruz in McAdoo's scheme, where Cruz's ability to get in and out of cuts sharply will serve him well.

6. Get Ready for Screens -- The Giants have been working on at least one screen pass per day at practice. And they go beyond the traditional running back screen that have become the norm around these parts. In particular, the Giants are running a lot more screens to their wide receivers.

7. It's Mismatched with the Offensive Line Talent -- While the wide receiver talent may be ideal for McAdoo's offensive system, the offensive line is not. They're built right now to be a power running attack with J.D. Walton at center and Brandon Mosley and Geoff Schwartz at guard. A West Coast offense that often asks for interior linemen to pull on screens would be better served having a more athletic offensive line. The Giants' starting offensive line right now is not that.

8. 70 Percent Not Far Off -- New quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf told the world that the goal is to get Manning completing 70 percent of his passes this season. It sounds ridiculous given Manning's schizophrenic accuracy throughout his career. But it may not be far off. With the degree of difficulty on the passes Manning is going to be asked to complete, mid-to-upper 60s is a realistic number, even for a passer with a career average of below 60 percent.

9. RBs Are Running Routes -- The Giants running backs are going to be used as pass catchers much more frequently than in the past few years. That is why it's so important to have a healthy David Wilson. In addition to screen passes, McAdoo is asking his running backs to run all types of routes. At times, they're almost being used as wide receivers. Running back Rashad Jennings caught a pass on a crossing route the other day. Peyton Hillis snagged a ball after running a hitch. The entire route tree is in play for the running backs in this offense.

10. TEs Are Everywhere -- The Giants' tight end corps may not be the most versatile bunch ever assembled, but they're being used all over the field regardless. They're in-line, out wide, in the slot, in the backfield as an H-back, in the backfield as a traditional fullback or elsewhere. You never know where you're going to see one of the Giants tight ends in McAdoo's offense.

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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:04 PM

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How does this guy not see that #7 undermines #8? Not to mention, in #9 he talks about how important it is to have Wilson healthy. Which he is not and, even if he was, the risk of him being hurt is always high. That 70% number should have never been stated in public. Saying that they are confident that Eli's completion percentage will go up due to the new offense was all that needed to be said. You never give the press a hard number and you certainly don't give them one that so few QBs have ever managed to reach. Still amazed at the stupidity behind that quote.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 1:58 PM

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The horse has been beaten to death, but...

It still amazes me the Giants came into the off season knowing how important the TE would be to this offense and they did nothing to improve it.  

Oh well...I am REALLY excited to watch this offense this weekend.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 3:40 PM

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hcgiles wrote: The horse has been beaten to death, but...

It still amazes me the Giants came into the off season knowing how important the TE would be to this offense and they did nothing to improve it.  

Oh well...I am REALLY excited to watch this offense this weekend.
Well just a guess, but maybe with this new type of offense, the need for a Shockeyesgue type of TE is not necessary.  Perhaps gone are the days where the TE needs to learn how to block 1st and catch 2nd. they may be only expected to chip and then fade to the flat or something....dunno, just supposing.  noideanoideanoidea
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Posted: 7/30/2014 5:18 PM

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I will admit that given the amount of apparent reps the TEs are getting in doesn't look great that the Giants didn't try and find a better upgrade at the TE position than they did.     However......I am curious to see how Donnell looks in this system.    The other guys.......I guess we will have to wait and see.    I truly feel we have 2 of the best FBs in the league......I would be disappointed if they didn't find ways to use them regularly.    

FWIW........the Packers beyond Finley haven't exactly fielded a stellar group of TEs and Mr. Rodgers found a way to light up the scoreboard regularly with this system.    So it still bears watching.     

I'm most excited about this being a faster pace offense where there are plays called with specific routes and Eli will just know where the WRs will the defense......and throw the ball.    Instead of waiting on both the WR and QB to read the defense at the same time and hope they are in unison.   

I see the point about the OL not being as nimble for certain running plays........I guess we'll have to see what kind of plays they tend to run.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 11:24 PM

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said above by Gordon....

#6 and 9 -the RB's are running routes and screens.

with conner, hynoski and 3 yard Hillis. we need more speed.

#10 - TE's are everywhere.....question is who what and who again...bc last anyone saw to say this wasnt the most versatile group is being very kind indeed. maybe one is a breakout star waiting to emerge in this offense, I'll wait and believe it when I see it with this group we have.

all else sounds and looks good. But this is I wrote about, to me are real big question marks./
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Posted: 8/2/2014 1:40 AM

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GB's offense uses FBs & TEs interchangeably.
Hell, the Packers kept 5 TEs in some years and 5 FBs in another.

Hold them in, to chip or block, depending on whether if they are involved in the play or not.
If they are, they chip and go out into a delayed short route - if not, they stay in & take on anything that comes into their assigned blocking zone - which has been pretty effective in Green Bay with "lesser" OL players all these years.
I'd ignore point #7, myself, but that's just HYATT™'s opinion.
The only OL stud GB has had is Sitton, for years.

I'd also ignore point #8.
Aaron Rodgers has NEVER hit 70% in a full season in his 6 seasons as a starter.
He's gotten into the mid to high 60s, but only hit 70% or better in a single GAME 31 times. (96 starts.)
(Eli's hit 70% or over in 17 starts, so far, playing in a much more "downfield" offense - which is not so good, but "downfield" offenses don't typically lend themselves to high completion percentages.)

MacAdoodle isn't exactly Albert Einstein, nor Albert Finney even, but he's got one of the best playbooks in the league from GB, and it's particularly suited to dress up the deficiencies in Eli's recent game.
Look at the success Matt Flynn has had running it, if you thought it was only for the likes of Favre and Rodgers.

It made Greg Jennings into a #1 WR & even made James "Ledfoot" Jones look good for years, so it should REALLY help Cruz to up his game, similar to what it does for Randall Cobb in GB, what it did for Harvin in MIN under Debbil Bevel, & what the NE game plan did, and now DEN's does, for Wes Welker..
There are direct corollaries in the GB offense to both NE's and DEN's short game for "Y", or slot, receivers.

Yes, it's a lot to absorb, especially for the not so brilliant that sometimes make it into the NFL on talent alone, but Eli is a fart smeller - I'm sure he'll have it down cold, soon enough.


Last edited 8/2/2014 1:56 AM by HYATT

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Posted: 8/2/2014 1:23 PM

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smart feller = fart smeller = LOL wink
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