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Giants distance themselves from no-huddle

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks over plays with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride during a football game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Credit: Getty Images

Eli Manning downplayed the effectiveness of the no-huddle offense earlier in the week and Kevin Gilbride explained why it is impractical yesterday.

So naturally, we should all expect the Giants come out in a hurry-up for the entire game on Sunday.

Just in case they don't, here's Gilbride's take on the no-huddle:

"It didn’t work at all," he said of the two times in the middle of the Seahawks game the Giants tried to use it. "The no-huddle at the end is basically doing something which we don’t want to do, we’re just throwing. And we’ve been pretty good at throwing. It’s a little bit easier sometimes in that respect because you’re not worried about balancing. You have 50 seconds before the half to score. You have to do whatever you can to get the ball in the end zone. The last drive, [we] throw the pick, you have to get the ball down the field. You have less than two minutes to do it. So from that standpoint, when it’s been no-huddle in that respect we’ve been very good.

"We went no-huddle to try to change the tempo of the game, we got shut down – two three and outs. We didn’t do anything with it. It’s something that I think can be effective as a change of tempo. I don’t think it’s a fantasy and I think you have to be careful. We’re trying to help the defense, we’re trying to hold onto the ball and slow the game down so that we’re on the field as much as we can. If you’re not careful, that sometimes can backfire."

Like I said, all signs point to the Giants using it exclusively this week against the Bills!


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