Before kick off on Sunday the New York Giants ranked #13 in passing offense; however 3rd in the their own division. The rushing offense gets worse. The Giants were ranked 24th in the NFL and 3rd in the NFC East. After Sunday's loss to Seattle running the ball continues to be a problem.
The tough, durable and productive offensive line that the Giants have had since 2005 has all but disappeared. Ahmad Bradshaw the featured back in the Giants’ offense has not had a 100 yard rushing game this season and only 1 game over 60 yards.
New acquired center David Baas is hurt with a neck injury that has become day to day and Pro Bowl Guard Chris Snee was sent to the hospital for observations after receiving a concussion during the Giants last drive. This will certainly cripple the Giants O line as the face a re-surging and emotional Buffalo Bills team.
Even with the Giants scurrying for healthy players no one knew that the big boys upfront for the Seahawks would make the Giants O line look so pedestrian and while Eli had a ton of yards thanks to an emerging Victor Cruz, 3 interceptions and 2 fumbles is never going to help the Giants win enough games to go to playoffs.
The description of the Giants play can only be described as sloppy. Giants color commentator and former New York Giant great Carl Banks said, "The Giants are creeping dangerously close to becoming a team that is predictable on offense.”
Is the offensive line or scheme so bad that the team is forced to throw the ball on first and goal? Gilbride could have run play action or a quick toss to Bradshaw to keep the ball on the ground on 1st and goal? There was plenty of time on the clock.
CBS sideline reporter and former Giants Tight End Howard Cross had mentioned that he thinks the Giants have a tendency to get away from or "throw out" the successful scripted plays that they work on all week. Whatever the problem is...this offense will remain dysfunction if the Giants cannot run the ball.
Adam Koets who can play center and guard is on the PUP list and is not eligible to be activated until the ends of the month, so pliable options are thin for Big Blue. One scenario could be bringing back former NY Giant, Shawn Andrews. As we know from our friends at Giants 101, fans were clamoring for the Giants brass to look at Andrews after week 1 against the Redskins.
If the big man is in shape the unemployed Shawn Andrews could be a welcomed addition to the team. He has the ability to play tackle and guard and might actually open a hole or two for Ahmad Bradshaw.
During the last four games of the 2010 season Shawn Andrews started four games at tackle as David Diehl moved down to guard and Suebert to center to replace injured Shaun O'Hara. In that time span, Bradshaw averaged 83 yards and a TD per game (4 games 5 TD's). That's 26 more yards a game The Giants don't have now.
The false start penalties in the red-zone are inexcusable and seven years later the Giants are still having trouble getting the play into the huddle on time. There is zero element of surprise to when the Giants are going to snap the ball.
In an era were teams don't wear pads, go live and hit during the week, I don't know how coaches evaluate the back ups players and the talent they have when needing to plug open spots. You never get a chance to see these unknown players perform until they are in the game on Sunday.
Most of the time that's a little too late.