It would be nice if the Giants' offense was a completed structure by the time the season opener arrives in less than a month, but Geoff Schwartz knows that the process of building a cohesive unit cannot be rushed for a deadline. Last year in Kansas City, he was part of the installation of a new offense and he said it took well beyond the start of the season for things to really click.
"I don't think you can say there's a certain time period where it's going to jell," Schwartz, the Giants' starting left guard, said on Tuesday. "I went through a new offense last year and we didn't really play well until like Week 10. It depends on what's going on, how you install it, how the guys are doing. There's no timetable. I know in the NFL you don't really have the freedom of time to get used to things. We have to be ready to go on Monday Night Football the first game. Whatever that takes we have to do it."
The Giants don't have that kind of time. Not after last year when they started 0-6 and their season was over before Week 10.
"That's not terribly true," he said later. "I'm exaggerating there ... For us last year, our run game took forever. We were throwing the ball fine, it just took our run game forever. We were 9-0 though, so it wasn't the worst thing in the world."
Schwartz quickly pointed to an important difference between the 2013 Chiefs and the 2014 Giants: So far the Giants have been able to run the ball. And with a new offensive line that has only one returning piece from a year ago.
The 73-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings was a perfect example of how the line is coming together, Schwartz said. Not only was it well-blocked, it was set up with communication from one end of the line to the other.
"We made a couple of calls at the line of scrimmage to get us blocking the way we did," he said. "An alert from [right tackle Justin] Pugh, [center] JD [Walton] made the change, it got passed to [right tackle] Charles [Brown]. Everyone knew their job on that play and when it works out well that's what ends up happening.
"That's stuff that you do as you gather chemistry," Schwartz added. "It builds. It takes time. It doesn't just happen. It doesn't just happen in three weeks of camp. It takes a couple of games, going through the battles, seeing looks on defense and being able to adjust and stuff like that. That was a good sign of progress."