New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has not announced who will handle the offensive playcalling this season, and as the first preseason game approaches, he isn't any closer to doing so.
He told reporters he knew who would be calling the plays but would not divulge who that person was. It could be him or offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan, the only two logical choices on the staff, and both of them have just four years of NFL playcalling experience between them. The only other coach on the staff with pro-level experience as a playcaller is quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti Jr., who was the Rams' offensive coordinator last season.
"We'll have a play caller on Friday and we'll evaluate it afterwards," McAdoo said.
He also said it would be obvious who was calling the plays. That would be the coach carring the laminated playchart the size of a deluxe diner menu. He should be easy to spot. McAdoo said Friday's game against the Miami Dolphins would be a dress rehearsal for the playcaller(s) and also did not rule out rotating playcallers.
McAdoo would not get into the amount of playing time the starters would get and has yet to reveal who those starters may be, although we have a pretty good idea. Second-round pick Sterling Shepard and third-rounder Darian Thompson are in the running for starting spots, and several free agents are also penciled in as starters: DE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison and CB Janoris Jenkins.
NFL referees officiated Monday's practice, and McAdoo wants those officials to be as strict as possible to instill a sense of discipline early in the summer.
Offensive linemen who get flagged for false starts are sent to the sidelines to sit out the next play. John Jerry and Bobby Hart were two of the guilty on Monday.
"Always, yes, too many flags," McAdoo said when asked if there were too many flags thrown during Monday's drills. "Absolutely. We can always get better. We understand that from snap to whistle, there's going to be some combative penalties, but we feel that if we do a good job of coaching and teaching the fundamentals, we can coach those out of the game. Some crews throw a little bit more than others and we ask (the officials) to be strict on us out here (during practice) so it shows up on game day."
Rookie CB Eli Apple has developed a reputation for using his hands too aggressively after gaining experience playing in front of officials.
"There are a lot of rules," Apple told reporters after practice. "I never realized it until some of the meetings. It is just little things that you can do. I never really picked it up just watching it just as a fan, but being a player and seeing everything that the coaches have been teaching me has definitely been beneficial so far, and I am just continuing to learn."
He was asked what in particular he needed to work on.
"It is just the little things, the bad habits that you just have to break, because in college the rules are different," Apple said. "So you just have to learn how to mirror guys better and use your feet more, kind of just cut them off of their route and little things like that. I am learning every day."