Giants coach Ben McAdoo has not ruled out the possibility of giving up play-calling duties, but the "feeling internally" Monday night was that it likely would not happen anytime soon, reports Art Stapleton of The Record.
McAdoo said on Tuesday that changes could come to the offense, and "if that means me giving up play calling duties, that's something we will look at, that we'll talk about."
McAdoo called plays for the first time in his career in 2014 when he became the Giants' offensive coordinator, and has called plays since.
The Giants are off to an 0-2 start in McAdoo's second season as Giants head coach. The team struggled on offense in each of the first two games, as QB Eli Manning has thrown just one touchdown compared to two interceptions. He's been sacked eight times behind poor protection from his offensive line.
McAdoo took the blame for the team's loss after falling to the Lions 24-10 on Monday night.
"I'll tell you the same thing I told the players. Put the game on me."
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After the predictability and lack of creativity last season from McAdoo, we all knew his play-calling was going to be an area of emphasis this year. And, as of right now, it looks like the "offensive guru" is continuing his slump.
The lack of offensive production isn't entirely on McAdoo here. I can go on about the dropped passes, lack of offensive line production, and all that. But I won't because I'm not going to use that as an excuse for McAdoo's play-calling blunders because Monday night was a prime example of how he clearly doesn't understand critical situations and how to target his offense's strengths.
The first play comes on that fourth-and-goal from the two-yard line. McAdoo seemed to be perplexed with the decision to leave his offense on the field, or send the kicking unit for the easy points. A coach should be ready to make that decision on the down prior, saying 'If we get close, I want to go for it,' or the less-daring 'I'll take the easy points.' Instead, he was indecisive and that led Eli Manning to rush and not notice the game clock tick down to zero.
But it isn't just indecisiveness. It's blatant bad calls coming from McAdoo, especially in the fourth quarter when the Giants were trailing and needed scores. The run game had not been working all night, yet he ran on second-and-long for what reason? All that does is get minimal yards and kill precious clock.
At one point, the Giants were putting together a nice drive with quick passes in a no-huddle offense that was moving swiftly down the field. But then you kill the momentum with a run play? That's just bad play-calling.
I understand what establishing the run game does for an offense. But McAdoo needs to realize when its necessary to use that, and it certainly isn't when your team is down two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. I'm not sure what happened to the OC McAdoo, who had the offense working on all cylinders just a few years ago. But if his questionable play-calling keeps up, expect to hear more boos at MetLife Stadium just like Monday night.