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Offensive foes haunting Giants
The New York Giants offense has now gone eight straight games, including the postseason, without scoring at least 20 points.
While the court of public option is calling for wholesale changes to be made covering everything from the starting lineup to head coach Ben McAdoo's role as the play-caller, the head coach said the club isn't panicking.
"We're not the first good team to start 0-2," McAdoo said Tuesday during a conference call with the New York media.
"When we first got together in April, we talked about how we weren't going to sneak up on anybody this year, we were going to get everyone's best shot and that this was New York and we had two prime-time football games vs. two pretty good opponents. There are no excuses, but we have to find a way to get better; we're not going to throw the baby out with the bath water."
Still, McAdoo isn't so blind as to see that something needs to change to get his broken offense moving in the right direction.
"We don't have much rhythm in the offense, and that's something we have to work through and make some progress there," McAdoo said. "We have to complete the ball at a high percentage, we have to protect better, we have to get the run game going. We just lack rhythm right now."
One of the things that McAdoo can change right away is handing over the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, something that he said the staff would look at each day this week in trying to arrive at a decision at what's best for the ball club.
He also mentioned self-inflicted wounds as being a culprit for the struggles on offense.
"We gotta learn to get out of our own way; that's the biggest thing that came to mind after watching the game," he said.
"It's my responsibility. We had some failures last night. Failures aren't fatal, but failure to learn from it might be. So, we need to make sure we learn and grow from this ball game and find a way to improve."
That all sounds good, but the bigger question is whether the Giants can turn things around with the current coaches and players they have.
McAdoo seems to think they can.
"I'm confident in this group of men and I'm confident in this group of coaches. We have a lot of work to do. We're not happy with the way the game went; there are a lot of things we can do better, not just playing the game, but also in how we approach the game, and we gotta learn from it."