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Ben McAdoo's offense for Giants still clouded in mystery

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator

Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks with offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo at training camp on Aug. 5, 2014. Credit: Newsday / Joe Epstein

Right up until kickoff, Ben McAdoo will remain a mystery.

In the final question Friday during his media availability, he was asked if he will script the first few plays he plans on calling Monday night when the Giants face the Lions. The new offensive coordinator nodded and said, "No." With a smile.

That's the way he likes it. Ambiguity. Keep 'em guessing.

Despite eight months on the job to prepare for his first game as an NFL play-caller, he hasn't finished his game plan for the opener.

"The hay is never in the barn," he said, which likely makes more sense as an analogy to fans of his last team in Green Bay than the city slickers he'll be performing in front of this season. "You always have work to do. But a good chunk of the plan is in."

How much of the offense have we seen this preseason? Will the unit look different when the games start to count? Can the Giants score enough points to win games?

McAdoo wasn't always as contradictory in answering those questions as he was with the final one, but more often than not, he gave non-answers.

"We're going to prepare to go out, play well and win the game," he said.

Perry Fewell knows exactly what McAdoo is going through. The Giants' defensive coordinator has been giving his counterpart plenty of encouragement, if not outright advice.

"I think the cream will rise to the top, he'll rise to the top, and he'll get it done," Fewell said. "Ben's ready."

Well, not until the game. His plan will remain somewhat fluid even as he meets with Eli Manning on Sunday to go over preferences in play-calling and situational responses.

Under Kevin Gilbride, Manning was not a part of those discussions that late in the week, but McAdoo will welcome his input.

"There's a process we go through and we believe in," he said. "We like to include the quarterback and the decision-makers in the process . . . The more people you have pulling in the same direction, the better chance you have for long-term success."

It's the short term that worries many Giants fans. The offense looked disjointed through the majority of the preseason and there is concern that it is not ready for the first regular-season contest.

Fewell said that's fine. He and the defense will hold things down until it is.

"Obviously, I know as a coordinator that it takes a little while to get a unit thinking like you think," he said. "Hey, we're going to be patient and we're just going to fight every week and crank out victories and they'll come around.''

Notes & quotes: The Giants announced their five captains for the season as voted by the players: Manning, Victor Cruz, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle and Zak DeOssie. Cruz and Beason are first-time captains with the Giants (Beason served for the Panthers) . . . Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told Stephen A. Smith on SiriusXM's Mad Dog Sports Radio channel that the Giants will capture the NFC East title. "We're going to win it," he said, adding that his concern in the division is "nobody but us" . . . Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), tackle James Brewer (back) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (ankle) all missed a second straight day of practice and are unlikely to play Monday.

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