The New York Giants have done nothing of great importance since their last Super Bowl championship of 2011. In fact, the Giants have yet to progress to the postseason since 2011, which is why staffing changes went into effect immediately upon the conclusion of yet another 6-10 season.
Former offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo superseded Tom Coughlin’s position as head coach on Jan. 14th. Under McAdoo’s offensive schemes, the Giants ranked eighth in the NFL for total yards. In addition, quarterback Eli Manning earned some of his best season statistics to date, including 387 completions in 618 attempts, for a total 4,436 yard and a career high 35 touchdowns. Manning was also voted NFC Offensive Player of the Week twice.
Manning is undeniably one of the Giants’ most valuable players, and his talents only flourished under McAdoo’s offensive schemes.
“I think Coach McAdoo will do a great job,” Manning said. “I think he really does a wonderful job of holding court in the offensive meetings and getting his points across. I think he’ll continue to do a great job with the whole team. I’m excited for that. I think he’s ready and he’ll have a great staff of coaches.”
But while the Giants’ offense has improved a great deal under McAdoo and is anticipated to grow with him as head coach, McAdoo’s success as a head coach will be determined on the state of the defense come regular season. In the 2015-2016 season alone, the Giants’ defense gave up the most yards in the NFL under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Hopefully McAdoo’s new hire of former New England Patriots linebacker coach Patrick Graham will be step in the right direction for the Giants’ suffering defense.
“I think we’re close,” Manning said Wednesday. “I think we have some pieces in place that I’m excited about and all we need is some new people and some areas where we need help. I think the Giants are always committed to doing whatever it takes to get the right people and try to get back to winning games, make the playoffs and have a championship-caliber squad.”