The Giants conclude their season this week at MetLife against the Philadelphia Eagles this week. Former Eagles’ head coach Chip Kelly was relieved of his coaching duties over the past week and Tom Coughlin and company will be facing new interim coach Pat Shurmur. Both offensive and defensive coordinators Ben McAdoo and Steve Spagnuolo spoke with the Giants Beat this week about their keys to the game this Sunday.
“We’ve got to take care of the ball better,” McAdoo declared in an opening statement. “Even going back to last week, we have to take care of the ball better and that’s an emphasis for us this week.”
Manning had his worst statistical start since the 2012 season, having a near 50% completion percentage, only one touchdown and three interceptions. For the Giants to even be competitive they can’t give the opposing offense a handful of extra scoring opportunities.
“We had six drops, dropped a snap, made some errors decision-making wise that turned the ball over and had some poor throws in there as well,” McAdoo stated about the Vikings’ game.
A portion of those offensive struggles can be derived from Odell Beckham’s absence last Sunday Night, but McAdoo was adamant that one player couldn’t derail his offensive scheme in such a disruptive manner. As far as the comments McAdoo has made to OBJ about controlling his physical behavior, the offensive coordinator seems to be feeding his feisty fire rather than extinguishing it.
“I like his energy, love his passion…I like that physicality, I like that in player, a guy who does walk the line and is physical and combative and wants to contest everything that happens. I think that’s what makes him who he is. We’ve just got to keep the flags in the officials’ pockets.”
McAdoo wants a competitive and physical reining offensive rookie of the year this Sunday, as long as it doesn’t hinder the team’s offensive drives.