When Tom Coughlin ran things in East Rutherford, New Jersey, his main message to his team was to finish. Finish routes, finish blocks, finish drives, finish games. Under new head coach Ben McAdoo, that message hasn't been invoked as much, but center Weston Richburg is reviving it to help straighten out the floundering offensive line.
"It needs to be to 'finish'," Richburg told reporters Monday when asked what the personality of the offensive line needs to be by Week 1. "We want to finish each play and from there finish each game and that consists of being physical, having a mean attitude and really getting after people."
The line's physicality is being questioned after it has struggled to win the trenches in the first two preseason games. Richburg said that it is too early to panic and that there is still plenty of time to right the ship.
"It is the second week of the preseason," Richburg said. "It takes a lot to get the run fits together and we still have two preseason games, two preseason weeks to get some good work in, so we saw some things on film that we are looking forward to going out and working on getting better."
The Giants are coming into this season with the same five they finished last season with -- Richburg at center, Justin Pugh and John Jerry at guard, and Marshall Newhouse and Ereck Flowers at tackle. Pugh did not play against Buffalo last week due to a sore shoulder.
Richburg said the Giants actually have an advantage this summer due to the continuity of the line. They are still adjusting under new offensive line coach Mike Solari.
"I don't think he is going to lose his cool," Richburg said of Solari. "He is able to motivate in the appropriate way and in the appropriate time. "He focuses on the tiny details and I think that carries over to us. We want to pay attention to every small detail that we can and try to make ourselves the best."
McAdoo is also staying cool, and Richburg was asked what the new head coach's reaction was to the play of the line.
"Learn from it," he said. "We need to learn from what we did. Like I said, we saw some different looks that were good to challenge us and show us what we need to work on and now it is time to move on from that."
Move on and move fast. Otherwise, the Giants' offense, which ranked eighth in the NFL last season, will struggle, and the team will ironically have to rely on the defense this season to stay afloat.