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Giants creating “game-management team” to avoid late-game errors

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Giants closed out games in the 2015 season with all the grace of a hippopotamus dancing the tango and coach Ben McAdoo would like to avoid similar results during his first season running the show.

McAdoo revealed one of his ideas to get the team operating more competently in the final moments at the league meetings in Florida on Wednesday. McAdoo said that the Giants would establish a “game-management team” of about six members that will meet on Fridays or Saturdays to make sure “we’re seeing the same things as the game develops.”

“It’s like anything else. It starts with communication first,” McAdoo said, via NJ.com. “We need to have open lines of communication first. We need to be on the same page, especially at the end of games and each half. You want to end half with the ball. Two-minute [offense] at the end of the first half and either the two-minute or four-minute [offense] at the end of the game. The more we can be on the same page and have opens lines of communication and have guys willing to speak up at the end of games to ensure that that gets done it’s important.”

Given the multitude of possible ways games can unfold, you can’t prepare for every possible situation that will arise on a given Sunday. Increasing the situational awareness about things like managing the clock, when to take a sack rather than throwing the ball away and the like is possible, though, and it seems McAdoo wants the team to be sharper on that front than they were last season.

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9 Responses to “Giants creating “game-management team” to avoid late-game errors”
  1. margoadams says: Mar 24, 2016 7:16 AM

    This is why Bill Belichick is the Greatest Coach of All Time. He’s his own “Game Management Team”

  2. eagles1960 says: Mar 24, 2016 8:11 AM

    Bench Eli late in the game is the solution.

  3. joneil66 says: Mar 24, 2016 8:22 AM

    Most teams already have a Game Management Team. It’s called a Coaching Staff. This is laughable.

  4. metspeed21 says: Mar 24, 2016 8:27 AM

    Clock management at the end of games is pretty terrible across the league. Even when the Patriots beat the Hawks in the Super Bowl, Belichick’s handling of the clock was baffling since it appeared Seattle was going to score. I hope the Browns are thinking along these lines as well.

  5. themage78 says: Mar 24, 2016 9:48 AM

    Well it helps that the GM is trying to field a defense for this year. When you have the 32nd ranked defense and they can’t hold a lead, you tend to take risks in order to win games.

  6. patsbrat says: Mar 24, 2016 10:46 AM

    metspeed21 says:
    Mar 24, 2016 8:27 AM

    Clock management at the end of games is pretty terrible across the league. Even when the Patriots beat the Hawks in the Super Bowl, Belichick’s handling of the clock was baffling since it appeared Seattle was going to score. I hope the Browns are thinking along these lines as well.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Belichick addressed this in the TV special “Do Your Job.” Coaches were asking him about a time out and he said no. The Seahawks were showing some confusion in shuttling players on/off the field and he knew they still had 1 time out left. He did not want to “bail them out” by using a time out.

    Worked out ok for us so I would say Belichick’s clock management in that situation was absolutely perfect. Seattle’s was not so good as they burned way too much time between plays.

  7. jag1959 says: Mar 24, 2016 10:58 AM

    jag1959 says:
    Mar 24, 2016 8:07 AM
    “McAdoo wants the team to be sharper on that front than they were last season.”

    So do we Bob. Of course somewhere in all that has to be the ability to make a stop in crunch time, so please keep the defense in mind. It was every bit as much the problem as the clock management

  8. koolaid69 says: Mar 24, 2016 11:23 AM

    When I read the headline I thought the Giants were gonna turn Eli into a game manager. Which they should. The Giants were at their best when they had a defense and a competent running game (Remember Earth, Wind, and Fire!)

  9. officialgame says: Mar 25, 2016 7:43 AM

    Don’t ask Andy Reid for help.

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