Giants GM Jerry Reese said at his midseason presser that he wants the offense to get more aggressive the rest of the season. OC Ben McAdoo agrees and is looking for ways to make that happen. Hint: it has something to do with throwing the ball down the field more.
"We want to be more explosive," McAdoo told reporters on Friday. We are looking for explosive plays. We feel that (explosive plays) are a part of great execution and extra effort. Regardless of how they come you want to be more explosive. Right now we’re at about 10.3 percent of our plays (being explosive). We are short about 2.7 percent of our goal. Anything above that we will take. We are working on that...2.7 percent seven games into the season is a fairly substantial number. It is nothing we can’t overcome, but we have some work to do there."
He's got to do better than that. The Giants are averaging 219.1 YPG passing (24th in the NFL) and only 7.1 yards per completion. This week, they face the practically unstoppable passing attack of the Indianapolis Colts, who will likely score at least 30 points off the Giants benevolent defense this Monday night.
And just how does McAdoo plan to counter the Colts' offensive juggernaut led by QB Andrew Luck?
Well, for starters, he has Eli Manning, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Larry Donnell. They need to ramp things up and throw the ball further down the field.
After watching the Colts get shredded by Ben Roethlisberger last week, the Giants should be encouraged. Big Ben completed 40 of 49 passes for 522 yards and six TDs. The Giants probably won't come near that production, but they plan on trying. McAdoo has some ideas on how:
"We need to execute better. The thing that has been hurting us the past couple weeks is that we are not getting enough plays. Our goal is 70-plus plays a game. There is a good picture of what it looks like when we play well, when we execute and we come out on top in games. The number one thing is we have a 70-plus play average. Maybe about 71 or just under when we play well and come out on top. We need attempts at the plate. That is number one and that starts with execution, whether it is running or whether it is screens, whether it is passing the ball or whether it is third down execution. We need more attempts at the plate."
Obviously run the ball less, and when you do, make sure Peyton Hillis gets some touches. Andre Williams has struggled a bit in Rashad Jennings' absence, so dial him back some. Also, don't forget to pass the football to Hillis. He has excellent YAC skills in the second level and beyond.
Get Odell and Randle singled up and have Eli take some shots. You can even use Preston Parker and Kevin Ogletree to split the defense. And don't forget about Donnell. He must play a big role in the offense this week.
Throw the ball vertically for once. This horizontal/West Coast style is all well and good efficiency-wise, but it's like bringing a knife to gunfight here. Go deep.