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Giants’ offensive line remains a work in progress

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The new-look New York Giants offensive line is a work in progress.  And coach Tom Coughlin knows that they’ll only make progress if they get more work.

They need to play,” Coughlin said after Saturday night’s preseason game against the Steelers, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com.  “Those people need to play.  They need to work together, they need to communicate.  The idea of a set lineup is not really there.  They need to play.”

Saturday’s starting lineup, from left to right, consisted of Charles Brown, Geoff Schwartz, J.D. Walton, Brandon Mosley, and Justin Pugh.

Will Beatty eventually will replace Brown at left tackle; David Diehl and Chris Snee have retired.  For the preseason, the goal is to get whoever can play plenty of reps in the hopes of helping them play better when the real games start.

The good news is that the offensive line helped spring running back Rashad Jennings for a 73-yard touchdown run.

“I like to see the 73-yard touchdown run,” Coughlin said.  “That was fun.  Wish I would have seen more of them.”

Every coach does, rare as they are.  This specific coach surely knows that the new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo won’t be able to do what needs to be done unless the offensive line can find a way to work together, and to work effectively.

Especially when it comes to protecting quarterback Eli Manning, who has regressed in the last two years from sure-fire Hall of Famer to an interception machine who can’t find his way to the playoffs.

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17 Responses to “Giants’ offensive line remains a work in progress”
  1. corvetteman6 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:22 AM

    You know, it’s hard to make a determination about the progress of your team when starters sit or play one series, unless you’re a coach, of course.
    And only that point is preventing me from saying “Same old Steelers” after that run by Jennings.
    I mean, my God, you could have driven a truck through that hole.

  2. rg3enoughsaid says: Aug 10, 2014 9:25 AM

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  3. thefootballgodssay says: Aug 10, 2014 9:35 AM

    redskins D IS TRASH

  4. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 10, 2014 9:42 AM

    I love Eli but I don’t think he’s a sure-fire HOF’er.

    He needs at least 2 more good seasons to be a shoe-in. The two SB MVP’s certainly help his cause.

  5. kd75 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:45 AM

    New O Coordinator. Same old 3rd down shotgun draw plays…

  6. richie078 says: Aug 10, 2014 9:51 AM

    QB: Nassib is struggling to show much at all, whereas Painter seems comfortable, showing poise in the pocket, having tempo, velocity and accuracy. Regardless of the “competition” on defense, he has the same level of talent on his side of the ball as well, and that’s a point that gets forgotten. Nassib is like one of these guys that you invest a few years in, only to realize that he was never the guy that you were hoping him to be, and was just in denial.

    Recommendation: Cut bait on Nassib.

    WR: Washington looks terrific. He is a 6-4, tall lanky receiver who makes plays on the ball. He has deep speed (TD against the Bills) and had one pass that he wasn’t ready for, but adjusted quickly to make the catch, which is in addition to the nice fade for the gamewinner (against the Steelers).

    Recommendation: Washington needs to be ahead of Jernigan right now.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 10, 2014 9:54 AM

    I thin we are going to see Coughlin making that same face as the picture, often this season. And Eli with the crying face as he comes off the field.

  8. dirtmcgirt24 says: Aug 10, 2014 10:01 AM

    I’d throw 100 interceptions too if I knew it would make management choose between me (2-time Super Bowl MVP) or the OC and OL that’s got me laying on my back every time I drop back to pass.

    End result: 4 new starters on the OL and an OC that will implement a quick passing attack. And I get to stay upright and keep that $20M/yr flowing well into my 40s.

  9. macjacmccoy says: Aug 10, 2014 10:06 AM

    Eli isn’t close to hall of fame, superbowls help but he had a lot of defensive help like Dilfer and johnson, he has thrown way to many ints over his entire career, his yards are pedestrian in the modrrn nfl for a guy who has been in the league for as long as him, and his career has been to much of a roller coaster, lacks consistency. 3500 yards 22 tds and 17 ints a year isn’t cutting it.

  10. bassplucker says: Aug 10, 2014 10:23 AM

    I think the Giants will be OK. The Eagles starting DL was handled by a Bears OL with scrubs starting at RG and RT. The Cowboys D has the makings of being historically bad. And the Redskins are the Redskins. So if the Giants do take awhile to come together up front, they’ve at least got some room for error.

  11. lic112014 says: Aug 10, 2014 1:11 PM

    22 tds to 17 ints over a whole career can add up to HOF.Terry Bradshaw had more ints than tds in his career and so did Joe Namath.Last time I looked they were in HOF.I hope they let the offense play alot more next week.That’s the only way they’re going to get better.

  12. bubbybrisket says: Aug 10, 2014 1:49 PM

    Eli has no business in the HOF, let alone being on any ballot. If Phil Simms and Ken Stabler aren’t getting in, what makes you think Eli will get inducted?

  13. jrob23 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:45 PM

    “I like to see the 73-yard touchdown run,” Coughlin said. “That was fun. Wish I would have seen more of them.”

    oh..you mean that play where Lawrence Timmons (94) was blatantly held otherwise it’s a 2 yard gain? Just because the homer Giants announcer didn’t point it out doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. The hole was like 5 yards wide LOL. It’s preseason for the refs too

  14. craniator says: Aug 10, 2014 3:39 PM

    I’m glad to see that J.D. Walton is finally making a comeback from his injury ; he’s a solid player.

  15. bkostela says: Aug 11, 2014 10:52 AM

    WR: Washington looks terrific. He is a 6-4, tall lanky receiver who makes plays on the ball. He has deep speed (TD against the Bills) and had one pass that he wasn’t ready for, but adjusted quickly to make the catch, which is in addition to the nice fade for the gamewinner (against the Steelers).

    Recommendation: Washington needs to be ahead of Jernigan right now.
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    did you see the 3rd down snag jernigan had with the defender draped all over him? don’t forget what he did last year in weeks 16 and 17 of the regular season. washington made a couple of nice plays in the fourth quarter of preseason games. hopefully he will earn some reps with the second team this week and see what he can do. let’s not anoint him as plaxico yet.

  16. dave4nyfg says: Aug 11, 2014 12:37 PM

    richie078 says:
    Aug 10, 2014 9:51 AM
    QB: Nassib is struggling to show much at all, whereas Painter seems comfortable [...]

    Recommendation: Cut bait on Nassib.

    WR: Washington looks terrific. [...]

    Recommendation: Washington needs to be ahead of Jernigan right now.

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    Woah, simmer down there. Nassib/Painter flip-flopped week-to-week already, but can’t see any upside in Painter and he was playing the dregs of the steelers defense at the time. Similarly, while he’s looking exciting, washington wasn’t exactly up against the best coverage and to my knowledge he’s not a contributor on special teams. If he needs to earn a spot by WR play alone, he’ll have to show more earlier in a preseason game.

  17. gianthater says: Aug 12, 2014 9:25 PM

    The offensive line is a work in progress n there is no guarantee they will mesh together as a unit. That said, the human turnover machine will b under more pressure thus more turnovers. Just look at Eli’s face after an interception as he walks off the field with that what just happened look. Their offense doesn’t scare anyone n their defense has more holes in it than a package of Swiss cheese. Good night giant fans. LOL

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