What can be done? Plenty. Even with the makeshift offensive line, the Giants only need to make a few adjustments to get the offense rolling again.
From Craig Santucci....
The New York Giants are a bad team, at least so far.
As per Antrel Rolle the Giants could rip off 12 wins and make the 0-4 start a thing of the past. The media is ripping every decision Jerry Reese has made. This is justified. Jerry Reese made a handful of major mistakes that will cost some people there jobs.
However, that day is not today. The Giants do not terminate anyone in season, so the chant to can Gilbride and Fewell will have to wait to the end of the season. 2 Super Bowl victories in the last 6 years does create one thing, and that is tolerance.
So, in the short term what changes can be made past the offensive line personal changes? For starters, the magic between Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks needs to be reborn. This offense does not create first downs, score points, stretch the field or win games without No. 88 heavily involved in the offensive game plan.
Most times a simple successful offensive play can “jump start” an offensive like a car battery. The NFL has figured out the Giants offensive line is in disarray (Thank you Jerry Reese) and without protection for Eli Manning getting the ball to Nicks and Cruz becomes a challenge.
For starters, the 3 step drop needs to be installed to get the ball out of Eli Manning’s hand quicker.
The quick slant. The forgotten quick slant to Hakeem Nicks needs to be put back into the game plan. This pass when executed correctly 3 or 4 times per game has been a successful play for the Giants for the last 10 years. Whether Amani Toomer, Plaixco Burress or Hakeem Nicks is running the route…the play works.
Roll out. This play is hardly ever used under Kevin Killdrive. While Manning might not be a mobile quarterback, when executed properly, rolling out Eli has been routinely successful with the full back or tight end catching a pass in the flat for a 7 to 12 yard gain. Since the Giants fullback is also the NY Giants tight end (Thank you Jerry Reese) this play is already set up for success.
The draw. While this is the most predictable and over used play in the Giants arsenal for the past 10 years, it works. The key to making this work is the “hat on a hat” theory. Calling “The draw” 3 or 4 snaps per game, requires the offensive line to make a block. Old school, blow out the guy in front of you.
Pitch back. Former NY Giants star quarterback Phil Simms and running backs Joe Morris & Rodney Hampton perfected this play. When executed properly the play immediately draws up the linebackers and the safeties, leaving the home run threat of Victor Cruz or Hakeem Nicks open down field.
For the next 12 weeks the Giants can expect Gilbride and Fewell to be on the sidelines and while it is very possible Tom Coughlin retires or makes some coordinator changes perhaps some imagination could provide a spark. The players will have a tough time sticking together if every week is a beat down.