This time last year, the New York Giants were preparing to learn an entirely new offense.
Following a 2013 season that led owner John Mara to publicly declare that the team’s offense was broken, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired after seven seasons in that position, and two Super Bowl Championships.
Gilbride was replaced by Ben McAdoo, and though the team finished 6-10 in 2014, McAdoo’s system led to an offensive turnaround and New York ranked 10th in the NFL in total offense at season’s end.
With a season of McAdoo’s system under their belts, a familiarity with it that they didn’t have last year, Eli Manning believes the Giants offense is capable of reaching another level in 2015.
“This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” Manning said, via the team’s official website. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it, but there is still room to grow and that is why I try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. Looking at old game-plan sheets and calling plays in my head--throwing routes with receivers trying to call out plays to myself, so you don’t let it slip away.
“It was new last year and it wasn’t something I have been doing for 10 years, so you want to keep it fresh and go through your reminders and all your checks. So when we come back I haven’t taken a step backwards and have to re-learn things. It is still all there. There will be new stuff and we will be taking it to another level.”