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Ben McAdoo's Giants offense isn't simply Packers East

Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo goes over a

Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo goes over a play with Eli Manning during the first half of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Redskins coach Jay Gruden and his staff haven't even bothered to look at any offensive film on the Giants from last year.

"We scrapped last year's tape," he said on a conference call Tuesday. "It's this year. And obviously Green Bay."

But is that the wisest decision? New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo may have roots in the Packers system, but how much of a facsimile are the Giants running this season?

"Every offense is its own living, breathing animal," McAdoo said. "You may start in a certain direction but it kind of goes where the players are. Every offense is built around the players. You can go in any direction you want, but you have to do what the players do best."

Besides, as McAdoo has pointed out, it's not his offense, it's the Giants' offense. So there have been some gimmicks and tricks that have come from other members of the staff. One of them was the unbalanced line the Giants experimented with on Sunday against the Texans when right tackle Justin Pugh lined up outside of left tackle Will Beatty.

"When I first got started I had eight jobs in six years so you have a chance to work with a lot of different people," McAdoo said. "You pull some things from a lot of coaches you've been around. A lot of times the best coaches you've been around are in the same building you are. You have to give a lot of credit to the offensive staff, they did a great job of putting that together."

And it didn't come from Green Bay.

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