EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo insisted he is still trying to decide whether he will call the plays for the Giants offense this Sunday in Philadelphia.
He also insisted that when he does make up his mind, he has no plans to tell the outside world.
So the mystery remains as to whether McAdoo will hold onto the reins of his offense, which has been one of the worst in the NFL since he was promoted to head coach, or whether he'll hand them off to his offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan. He said only, "We'll see" when asked about his play-calling plans. He also vowed, "We'll do anything we can do to help us move the ball."
It's unclear if letting Sullivan call plays in McAdoo's offense would actually help in that department. Even Eli Manning didn't sound convinced that a change would make much of a difference at all.
"Besides me, I don't know if anybody would notice who's calling the plays," the quarterback said. "I don't think it's the play calling that's been the problem. I think it's been the execution."
Sullivan does have experience calling plays, if McAdoo chooses to go in that direction. He called his own plays during his two seasons as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator (2012-13). He also called plays during at least one of the Giants' preseason games. And Manning said Sullivan "is usually the one (calling plays in the speaker) in my helmet in practice just so McAdoo can kind of coach and see what's going on."
So it might not be a drastic change if McAdoo decides to do it. And if he does, McAdoo insisted "It's my decision." It's not something being forced by Giants GM Jerry Reese or the team's owners.
At least not yet.