Giants hope uptempo offense will create chaos for defenses
Rashad Jennings compared learning the hurry-up phase of the Giants' new offense to staring a ceiling fan. The more you stare at it and focus, he said, the slower it gets. Eventually you're able to pick out one blade on the fan and watch it.
The Giants are hoping to be more buzz saw than ceiling fan on offense this year, and if the first three days of practice tell anything about Ben McAdoo's philosophy it's that the team will be moving quickly.
Each workout has featured a breakneck segment in which the offense sprints through a series of no-huddle plays. While the tempo varies, there have been some times in which a mere 17 seconds pass between snaps of the ball. All of this while communicating the next play from the sideline to the quarterback, having him pass the information along to the players, lining up, adjusting to the defense, and hiking the ball.
"It keeps defenses on their toes," said Jennings, the Giants' starting running back, adding that it is the fastest he's ever been asked to play. "McAdoo has a way to keep the defense on their toes, put pressure on them, get the long shots, get the grinding yards. It's a lot of different ways to attack a defense."
They've noticed. They still see the blurred fan, not the individual blades.
"I'm still waiting for them to call up a huddle in practice," defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka joked. "The intentions of this offense are to create chaos."
The Giants are hoping that confusion stays on the defensive side of the ball. They had enough chaos on offense last year. Rueben Randle estimated that 80 percent of the interceptions on passes from Eli Manning to him last year were the result of miscommunication. He also said that he thinks all of those miscommunications can be eliminated with the new offense.
"That's going to be the key for us this season in creating those turnovers into touchdowns," Randle said.
That's not to say the Giants will always be going no-huddle. But when they do, it won't be like the past where they had a boiled-down playbook and used it mostly when playing from behind or late in halves when the game clock was ticking away.
"We have the capability of running our entire offense through no-huddle," Jennings said. "It's just a matter of how much we feel we need to use it per game, or how the offensive coordinator feels we need to run it."
Through three practices, that's been a lot.