Giants' Offensive Strategy Must Be Revamped In 2013
Excerpt: "New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride takes a lot of heat for a guy who has two Super Bowl rings. As much as we all cringe at the shotgun draw calls on third and 15, Gilbride has developed a strong relationship with quarterback Eli Manning. Furthermore, he's designed an offense suited for today's high octane, pass happy NFL in which strong armed quarterbacks are expected to make big plays down the field to talented wide receivers. There were flaws in the execution of the system in 2012, but the Giants have won two Lombardi Trophy's with Gilbride calling the plays, and it's unlikely that is going to change anytime soon.
Just like any other NFL team, there are going to be changes coming this offseason. The Giants are not going to radically change their offensive personnel, but the coaching staff must carefully examine the strategy employed throughout the 2013 season. With a healthy Hakeem Nicks and a more experienced David Wilson, the Giants should get better next season. It's just a matter of finding the correct methods in which to utilize the immense talent on the offensive side of the football.
Let's take a look at a few things we should all hope to see in 2013.
Another Athletic Tight End Opposite Martellus Bennett
First and foremost, the Giants absolutely must resign Martellus Bennet. He's an effective run blocker and nightmare for linebackers in coverage. With another year in the system, he can make leaps and bounds in terms of increased production in 2013.
Bear Pascoe may have an incredible name and he's a serviceable blocker, but he's not capable of running a seam route and catching balls consistently over the middle of the field. His presence on the field usually tips off the defense that the ball is staying on the ground, and he's relatively useless in the passing game. Pascoe only caught four passes this season.
For the Giants to have a truly versatile offense, it's imperative that they are able to lineup in two tight end sets and pass the football effectively. We've seen the New England Patriots use Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez effectively in two tight end sets recently and it's infinitely diversified their offensive scheme.
Obviously, the Giants are not going to be able to acquire a player as effective as Gronkowski or Hernandez, but finding another viable receiving threat that can also run block would open up the field for Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Fred Davis, Jared Cook, Dustin Keller and Delanie Walker will all be free agents this offseason, while the draft will feature the likes of Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) and Zach Ertz (Stanford). If the salary cap allows for it, the Giants should look to find another tight end." Read more...