The New York Giants should make the playoffs in 2018

The New York Giants will undergo a dramatic change in offensive philosophy that should propel them into the playoffs.

Introduction

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.

 

The New York Giants Don’t Need To Draft A Quarterback In 2018 

In the past few months, several NFL media outlets have stated that the New York Giants are looking to select a quarterback in the first round of the 2018 draft. According to SI.com, “co-owner John Mara instructed his scouting department to start taking a hard look at the top quarterback prospects available.” Although the team believe that a new quarterback will solve some of their issues on offense, that is not the case.

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 fast 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 teamrankings.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.

 

As a result, the Giants should prioritize a change in offensive philosophy over drafting a quarterback in the first round. For instance,  it would behoove the team to drastically alter their offense from the short pass to a heavy run and play action attack. In fact, during the first two downs of a series, Eli Manning will hand the ball off to the running backs in an attempt to force the opposing team to stack the box and set up a manageable third down. If the strategy were successful, the Giants would call a play action pass where Eli can fake the handoff and go in the opposite direction to throw the ball to the flat or the crossing route fifteen yards downfield. However, on occasion, Eli can fake the handoff to freeze the defense momentarily which allowed the receivers to get some separation as they try to complete a slant, in or out route. As a result of this, the Giants offense was able to stay on the field for a more extended period which means that the opposing team had less time to feast on their defense.

 

However, if New York decides to select a quarterback, they’ll continue on the path of the past four seasons. This is because the organization will give the quarterback as many opportunities as possible to prove to the public that drafting him with their top pick in the 2018 draft was the right decision. Due to this, the team would call a lot of passing plays to give him a chance to demonstrate that he isn’t just a game manager and is capable of making all the necessary throws to lead the team to victory. While it is reasonable to expect an organization to give their new investment many opportunities to prove themselves at a certain point, it will affect the performance of the rest of the team. For instance, if the quarterback gets the chance to throw a lot, the offense will spend less time on the field because of incompletions, interceptions, sacks or big plays that result in short drives. As a result, the defense would have to go back on the field without the proper amount of rest which leads to the defense being more susceptible to giving up yards and points. Since they would be unable regain some energy between possessions to be able to stop the opposing offense.

The New York Giants: The Story Of Two Different Teams

Over the first five games of the regular season, 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 fast 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 teamrankings.com, the Giants offense was on the field for an average of “27:25” thus the defense was on the field for 32:35.

However, Odell Beckham suffered a broken ankle against the Chargers last week that required season-ending surgery. As a result of this, the team was forced to drastically change their offense from a quick passing attack to a heavy run attack. For instance,  Eli became more of a game manager who is in charge of handing the ball off more often in hopes of getting the defense to stack the box. According to ESPN, Eli handed off the ball to the running back 31 times for 148 yards last night against the Broncos. The renewed commitment to the running game has forced the opposing team to put men in the box, which makes it easier for the receivers to get open because they are facing more man to man coverage. Due to this, the team can complete enough throws to keep drives alive; and force the opposing team to put more players in coverage which opens up the running game again. As a result, the defense spent less time on the field meaning they had more time to rest between drives.  According to ESPN, the unit was on the field for 29:24 last night against the Broncos which was about 3 minutes less than the previous five weeks. The change in philosophy led to the New York Giants to get the first win of the season versus the Broncos.

If the Giants continue their commitment to the running game, they should creep back into contention for a wild-card spot. But if they revert to depending on the passing game, the New York Giants will be contending for a top-five draft pick.