Jason Garrett: Defense’s “focal point is not so narrow” without Saquon Barkley

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Finding a bright side to losing a player like Saquon Barkley isn’t easy, but Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is trying his best this week.

Barkley tore his ACL in last Sunday’s loss to the Bears and that’s going to push the Giants in a different direction than the one that Garrett drew up this offseason. He believes it will also push opposing defenses into a different direction as they prepare to face the Giants without a player who has been central to their offensive plans.

“Maybe now that focal point is not so narrow,” Garrett said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

The Giants didn’t have much luck using that narrow focus on Barkley to exploit other matchups, so it’s unlikely anyone will be betting too heavily on their offense busting out against the 49ers now that the running back is out of the picture but Sunday will provide the first evidence of how their offense will operate the rest of the way.

6 responses to “Jason Garrett: Defense’s “focal point is not so narrow” without Saquon Barkley

  1. Yes, that was the problem with Jason’s offense over the years. Having running backs that were just too damn good.

    If Ezekiel Elliot had only gone down early with an injury last year, the Cowboys would have been super bowl champs.

  2. Very much like O”Brien saying that defenses would have a harder time stopping the Texans because Watson wouldn’t have the best receiver in the league – Hopkins – to throw to anymore.
    At least Garrett didn’t trade him aaway.

  3. The Giants are competing for the first overall pick next year. It is the only area where they are competitive.

  4. O-line needs to be the focal point of this team going forward. Can’t blame the QB for not getting the ball out of his in hands in under 2 seconds. Freeman is a better blocker than Barkley so we’ll see if that helps. At this point The Giants need all the help they can get.

  5. If the Giants want creative, imaginative, widely focused offense, then Jason Garrett is the WRONG OC. His idea of bold and daring offense is putting a receiver in motion. Now Garrett has his excuse for the Giants offense being bad – injuries. Just like his years in Dallas – there were always excuses for not winning.

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