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Mike Sullivan tries to pinpoint causes of Giants’ offensive woes

New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan speaks

New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan speaks to the media during minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Credit: Brad Penner

Mike Sullivan has turned to mysticism in an effort to explain and overcome what he admitted has been a “disappointing” season for the Giants offense.

“Just because we’ve had inconsistencies, the penalties, the turnovers, that doesn’t mean that there’s a magic wand or force field power force that’s going to make that happen on Sunday night,” the offensive coordinator said on Thursday. “That future is in front of us and that’s where our focus is.”

Sullivan said there are numerous reasons why the offense has yet to click through 12 games, but he pinned the primary one on the turnovers. The Giants had two of them Sunday against the Steelers and have 21 on the season, but they did go two straight games without giving the ball away before the loss in Pittsburgh. Neither of those games were particularly inspiring performances.

A more glaring stat — and perhaps a byproduct of the turnovers — may be the team’s average time of possession (26:50), which ranks 31st in the NFL, and number of offensive snaps (736), which ranks 26th.

“If you’re on the sideline without the ball, you can’t do those things [you want to do],” Sullivan said of the goals of the group.

The Giants averaged 364.2 yards a game through their first six games, which tied them for 13th in the NFL. Since that point, only the Browns and Rams have had worse offensive production than the Giants, who have seen their average plummet to 327.4 yards a game, 26th in the rankings. They gained just 296 and 234 yards in their last two games.

As the Giants head into their 13th game, though, they are expressing optimism for about the 12th straight time that this game will be different. That it will all come together. That they will finally show what just about everyone thinks they are capable of being. Magically.

“I think from a confidence standpoint, we really believe that we’ve had a great preparation,” Sullivan said of this week’s practices. “We’re going to build upon the success we had this week and bring that preparation to Sunday night. We know that the future and everything we want is ahead of us and there’s no reason we can’t eliminate those [inconsistencies] and be the type of offense we want to be.”

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