The New York Giants will undergo a dramatic change in offensive philosophy that should propel them into the playoffs.
There is a growing belief among NFL oddsmakers that the New York Giants are going to miss the playoffs despite the acquisition of Saquon Barkley. In fact, according to oddsshark.com, the team is projected to win 7 games in 2018. However, one can argue that the Giants will undergo a dramatic change in offensive philosophy that should propel them into the playoffs.
New York Giants (2014-17)
Over the past four seasons, the New York Giants have implemented an offensive system that is heavily dependent on the quick passing game. The team installed this offense to showcase the breakaway speed of Odell Beckham. The organization knew that provided he had man-to-man against a corner; corners would be unable to keep up with his speed.
As a result of this, the team fell into the habit of calling quick passing plays that focused on slants, screens, out, in and curl routes because they wanted to give him the ball as fast as possible. Although the offense increases the chances of significant plays happening to lead to quick scores; It opens the door for the team to have the ball for less time because of a quick touchdown, 3 and out or turnover.
As a consequence of this, the defense was forced to go back on the field without the proper amount of rest. Which led to the unit giving up more yards and points late in games because they were not able to regain some energy between possessions to be able to stop the opposing offense. In fact, according to toteamrankings.com, the Giants offense was on the field for an average of “28:00″ thus the defense was on the field for 32:00. Furthermore, the team has compiled a 21-26 record with Odell Beckham on the field.
New York Giants (2018)
However, it has been an entirely different story this season because the team made wholesale changes to the offensive system. This is because the Giants decided to select Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the draft. As a result, the team will once again feature their first-round pick as a focal point of their offense because; they want to give him as many opportunities as possible to prove to the public that he was the right pick.
Therefore the Giants are going to implement an offensive system centered around the running game and the play-action passing game. For instance, during the first two downs of a series, Eli Manning should hand the ball off to Saquon Barkley in an attempt to force the opposing team to stack the box and set up a manageable third down.
If the strategy is successful, Eli should fake the handoff the handoff to freeze the defense momentarily which allows the receivers to get some separation as they try to complete a slant, in, out or crossing route. As a result, the defense spent less time on the field meaning they had more time to rest between drives.