Manhattan-- Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson. All of these quarterbacks run some of the most prolific offenses in the NFL. Why? Balance. Having a balanced offense is key to scoring points and taking over games (refer to super bowl 51). Let’s take a look at what it takes to have a great offense, and why the Giants could sprout into a potentially dangerous offensive team this upcoming season.
A great offense is built on four foundations, a running game, a passing game, time management and a capable offensive line. The Giants under Coach Ben McAdoo turned the tables on the 2016 season, coming out victorious in the final seconds, while under Tom Coughlin in 2015, this was not the case. Although the defense was mightily improved in 2016, Coughlin's strength was not time management, but rather discipline. If you take a look at some of the best coaches in the league; Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll, Bruce Arians... What do they all have in common? Superb time management skills and crisis plans. Each of these coaches makes it a priority to have a plan and a backup plan for each and every possible situation. With McAdoo going into his second year as coach, he has studied Coughlin, and Mike McCarthy in Green Bay, allowing him to take the best from both coaches and implement it into his style. He runs a smooth, yet predictable offense with big play capability, and manages the clock to perfection. And now with the addition of former Jet Brandon Marshall this off-season, it will open up the field to McAdoo's disposal. With the Giants now presenting three top receivers on Sundays, the next step is establishing a running game.
Every team must have a capable running back or running back tandem. The Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots have figured out that the best way to keep teams on their toes, is to have multiple weapons at one position. The Patriots have Dion Lewis, and Legarrette Blount, while the Falcons have Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. They are a huge reason both teams made it to the super bowl last season. Big Blue has struggled at the running back position as of late, but with the emergence of second year player Paul Perkins, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
With Shane Vereen taking a pay cut to stay with the team, it enables the Giants to have a one-two punch, with Perkins playing the early downs and Vereen commanding third-down and passing plays. Vereen was scheduled to make a base salary of $3.15 million in 2017, but generously gave up $1 million dollars to guarantee his spot on the team, and to prove he is still capable of producing at a high level, even after two torn triceps last season. Vereen was given the ability to earn the lost money back, plus $250,000 through performance incentives. With Vereen playing on a prove it type of deal, you can expect maximum effort from the former super bowl winning Patriots running back.
At the receiver position, the Giants seem to be all but secured, as they have a triple threat composed of Brandon Marshall, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Brandon Marshall is only one year removed from having one of the best statistical seasons in his career, racking up 1500 yards and 14 touchdowns. Marshall signed a team friendly two year, 12-million-dollar contract, on the hopes that he will reach the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year career.