Giants interim head coach/defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will rely on offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and QB Eli Manning with certain things on the offensive side of the ball, he told reporters on Thursday.
Spagnuolo said he has not had enough time to evaluate the entire team because the coaching change was made during the season, but he is nonetheless confident in the team's offensive coaches to help facilitate an offensive gameplan.
"In a perfect situation, I would have had time," he said. "There would have been an offseason, but I think it's smart to trust the offensive coaches going forward. I got a summary of everything early in the week, I'll get another summary at the end of the week, and we'll piece it all together and have three phases ready to go on Sunday."
Spagnuolo said he will talk with Manning about game management on Friday and Sunday, but noted "Eli's been in this business" and that he has "a lot of experience under his belt."
When asked about the decision to name Manning the starter this week, the 57-year-old coach said his guess was that emotions were a factor.
"Consciously I wasn't thinking like that, I just wanted to do what was best for the team as a coach and it probably comes with a little bit of my experience with Eli and all of that was wrapped into it," he said. "Look, we made the decision, we're going to go forward. I think the guys have functioned well with it. I thought the offense functioned pretty good. There are some things we got to iron out a little bit from practice, but we'll see how we do."