Giants coach: “No part of the offense was functional”

AP

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it was hard to find the point in the Giants offensive performance last night which seemed professional.

So Giants coach Ben McAdoo didn’t bother.

No part of the offense was functional,’’ McAdoo said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.

And that might have been an understatement.

The Giants not only lost 19-3 in their opener to the Cowboys, they did it in an anemic fashion, gaining just 233 yards and not crossing midfield until the third quarter. And while the absence of wide receiver Odell Beckham was clearly an issue, the issues were deeper than one guy.

“Obviously he’s a tremendous player but we have players and we have to play better than that,’’ quarterback Eli Manning said.

Manning can’t block for himself, and though he was only sacked three times, there was never much of a chance to get into a rhythm running or passing because of the shabby state of his offensive line. And the results were evident early, as the Cowboys outgained them 265-49, and they managed just two first downs before the break.

“Obviously you miss the best player in the NFL not being out there, but we need to be able to run the ball, control the ball, get first downs, at the very least don’t go three and out,’’ guard Justin Pugh said.

But doing so would require functional, which the Giants aren’t at the moment, and may struggle to be until their line gets better.

9 responses to “Giants coach: “No part of the offense was functional”

  1. The troubling part is that Eli looked so good when McAdoo was the OC, but since McAdoo became the head coach, he has really regressed. Even though they won 11 games last year, it’s a fact that mostly because of the defense. McAdoo needs to take control of the offence. When McAdoo had the chance to hite an OC last year, he interviewed Joe Philbin who ran the same offense with him in Green Bay, but instead he chose someone who had never run this offense. I thought is was odd then, even odder now.

  2. LOL @ New York

    They were all giddy over their overrated defense last year, completely ignoring the fact their team’s cap position would block them from building a complete, deep team.

    Now look at them.

  3. The major problem is that there is no leadership on this team. The head coach is married to his play chart and should be an OC at best. The QB is way past his prime and they deliberately have no viable back up to avoid the controversy that will ensue. They have a prima donna receiver who may be the best skill but his effort in not suiting up Sunday night (after watching him run in warm-ups) questions his desire to win as a Giant or is it just about him and the money? He leaves NYC and he will lose the visibility platform and be just another outstanding receiver.
    McAdoo has failed, but it’s the first game. Giants need to be planning to: (1) hire a new GM (2) have him hire a leader new HC and (3) get another QB to get ready to take over soon. It’s time to go to the bullpen and stop the excuses. Bottom line: Eli had his day and that has passed.Get an enthusiastic leader on offense and defense not a bunch of guys playing for a job and that requires a head coach who looks at more than a play chart, even with 20 seconds left in a blowout!!!

  4. @tcostant: Exactly. Mike Sullivan needs to go. Hes a hold over from Tom Coughlin and was a horrible OC with Tampa Bay under Greg Schiano. If McAdamea Nut, wants to be HC then hire your own OC.

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    tcostant says:

    September 11, 2017 at 8:42 am
    The troubling part is that Eli looked so good when McAdoo was the OC, but since McAdoo became the head coach, he has really regressed. Even though they won 11 games last year, it’s a fact that mostly because of the defense. McAdoo needs to take control of the offence. When McAdoo had the chance to hite an OC last year, he interviewed Joe Philbin who ran the same offense with him in Green Bay, but instead he chose someone who had never run this offense. I thought is was odd then, even odder now.

  5. And for all the talk about the Giants failure to address the O-Line, let’s not forget that they have 2 first-round draft picks and a high 2nd-round pick. So they haven’t ignored it and have taken quite a similar route to the Cowboys. So this highlights either a flaw with the scouting department or with the coaching…or both.

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