Ive been on and off the board over the years and been one of the few that liked gilbride and his offense. People called it streak and read principle or run n shoot, but what Gilbride ran was a mix of his run n shoot from his oiler days and Ron Erhardt pass offense which Coughlin learned during his time with the Giants. One team that runs a similar system is the Patriots. It may be different scheme and personnel wise but the basic read and react pass offense the giants ran since 04 the patriots have been doing since parcells was coaching them in the 90’s.
While this offense is not new to the Giants organization, in fact we ran a similar system when fassel was coach, success will come down to Bens play calling and of course the players executing them. This system will be easier for the players once they grasp it, and eli stats should increase from it, but my knock on the west coast system it can get predictable. When teams see enough film it can make an MVP QB or a top 5 offense look average. Yes ben can add wrinkles but there’s only so much a coach can add to keep a defense guessing. The offense will be more progression based, take away the first, second and third read, its check down. The wr and te will not be able to counter based on coverage because as Cruz stated, “the route is the route”. I guess I was hoping ben would add some read and react stuff per his first interview about blending the two systems but based on what cruz and eli is saying it is the packers offense.
Who knows it is still early and the playbook can change but I highly doubt it. Ben probably looked at coughlins/gilbride playbook and said I am not using this terminology and system. Hey, I’m all for change and I think eli and company will benefit statistically from it, but will this offense be enough to counter a Seahawks, Niners and Panthers D?
even watching the progression read segment with the falcons (O.C.) you see how different the giants offense was compared to the other systems.