It has been a very frustrating season to for the Giants offense to say the least. Last week’s offensive calamity against San Francisco was yet another sub-par showing from an inconsistent offensive unit. This game was particularly infuriating for spectators due to five interceptions from Eli Manning, and a puzzling ineptitude during the key moments of the game.
Offensive Coordinator Bob McAdoo saw the effort as a definitive step in the wrong direction. He said, “We took a step back. We’d been making some progress, not necessarily completing the ball at a high enough percentage but we’ve been keeping it away from the opponent. Took a step back.”
With regards to ball security, the primary culprit from this past week was Eli Manning. Prior to the San Francisco Game Eli had been fairly protective of the ball, only throwing an uncharacteristic 6 interceptions through the first 9 games of the season.
McAdoo acknowledged that turnovers are going to happen, but there were some that absolutely could have been prevented.
He commented specifically on Eli’s decision making. “The most important thing from the quarterback position is you need to take care of your decision-making. There are some times when things happen that are out of your control. There are a couple of those (interceptions) that fell under decision-making, not all of them.
He continued, “But the decision-making, those type of interceptions, we need to eliminate those.”
In addition to Eli’s turnovers, the most maddening situation of the afternoon came on a goal line sequence late in the 4th quarter. Starting at the San Francisco 4-yard line, the Giants proceeded to throw three incomplete goal line fades followed by an Eli interception on 4th down. It was a perplexing series to many, but according to McAdoo it was a product of particular matchups.
“First things first, we had a play call that was a run with a potential throw if we got the matchup we wanted and they took the box away and we took the matchup. It happened two other times in the series,” said the Giants signal caller. “They took the box away on one of them for sure, the other one was 50/50 whether we could run it not but we had the matchup we were looking for.”
Regardless of last week’s effort, the Giants appear destined for another long winter without playoff drama. It should be worrisome for the entire Giants organization that their best performance of the season came against a bottom-feeding Redskins’ team starting a now 3rd-string QB. At 3-7 the team must correct many of their mistakes in hopes of gaining momentum heading into next season.