Don’t expect an entirely new offense from the Giants as they come out of the bye week. Yes, the coaching staff did the traditional self-evaluation and, yes, there will be some tweaks. But the basics of the team will remain solidly in place.
“We’re going to stick to the plan,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “We took a look at ourselves personnel-wise. We took a look at ourselves schematically. We’re going to make some adjustments to roles with players. Acclimate some more guys in, maybe de-acclimate some guys. Make some adjustments schematically and move on down the road.”
McAdoo said the whole idea of bye-week overhauls in the NFL is overplayed anyway.
“Your team and players are what they are,” he said. “Your staff is what it is. You take a look at what you do well, what you don’t do well. You make some adjustments, you try to work on things you need to work on, but you can’t fix everything over a bye week. You need to get healthy, and make sure you try to squeeze extra practice in, a couple extra workouts in, and take a look at as much film as you can.”
Sometimes there are personnel changes, too, but the Giants did not do that this week. The trade deadline passed without them adding any pieces to their puzzle.
“I’m very confident in the team, in the locker room, in the coaching staff,” McAdoo said of not altering the roster. “You always explore options out there, but you value draft picks as well.”
Besides, he’s convinced the Giants have enough good players to get them to the playoffs based on what he’s witnessed so far.
“Just seeing the guys respond,” he said. “We’re getting better each and every week in practice, and we anticipate that to continue on Sundays.”