Giants head coach Ben McAdoo wants the Giants to run the ball more, he told reporters Monday after practice.
"The first thing we need is more plays," McAdoo said. "So if we have more plays, then we can run the ball more. We want to be a physical, heavy handed football team. So we need to run the ball better, run the ball more. I need to call more and we need to execute more."
The Giants have passed the football 65 percent of the time this season and 70 percent the past three games
Meanwhile, they're averaging 21 rushes per game, while gaining 3.3 YPC and 70.3 YPG.
Only the Jaguars and Bears have run the ball less.
McAdoo knows the Giants need to balance out their offense if they are to be successful. Sure, they won two of the games where they barely ran the ball, but it's not the way he wants to do things long term.
As a result, they are possessing the football just 25 minutes per game, meaning their defense in on the field for 35 minutes every week. It doesn't matter how effective you think the defense is -- it will collapse in the long run from over use.
The objective will be to get more plays overall. That can be achieved by driving the football with a clever mix of runs and passes. The real culprit -- and I don't care who says it isn't -- is the playcalling. The Giants abandon the run too quickly and are undisciplined on the sidelines. McAdoo has to stay dedicated to run and not waver.
Some will point to the offensive line not opening the holes. They have enough talent on that line to get the job done, and that's not an excuse at this point. It comes down to confidence through repetition -- and McAdoo has to let that take its course.