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Gilbride scripts first 15 plays to see what defense is doing

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

The Giants have not scored a touchdown in the first half of their last three games, and they have not scored period on any first drive of any game this season.

Kevin Gilbride would like to change that, certainly. But he also has another early-game objective.

"A very important part is to try to get a sense of what they’re doing defensively, schematically, and then be able to adjust and do the things necessary to win and score some points and we’ve been pretty good at that," Gilbride said.

To that end, Gilbride said he usually scripts the first 15 or so plays of a game. He doesn;t always stick to the script, though. Against the Seahawks, he said, they had their scheme figured out after just a few snaps -- one of which unfortunately ended with a Kevin Boss fumble. The Giants went on to score almost at will for the rest of that game.

"You try to score a touchdown, there’s no question that’s an objective, but you’re also trying to gather as much information so you can make the necessary adjustments so that you can score enough points to win the game," he said.

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