Blog Bits: Quarterback Curtis Painter

In this installment of “Blog Bits,” I spoke with quarterback Curtis Painter about the new offense.

Painter, of course, is fighting for a roster spot. An offseason scope on his knee kept him from throwing for a bit, but he’s been back working and said he’s had no issues physically.

His biggest issue is the guy he’s competing with, Ryan Nassib, is apparently in the lead in the early part of this competition.

Nassib took the bulk of the second-team reps, behind starter Eli Manning and has drawn praise from quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf.

“I think he’s done a great job, especially in our no-huddle periods of just being able to get guys lined up, whether we’re in a two-minute situation or whatever situation we’ve been in he’s done a great job of just getting us in a correct formation, getting us lined up,” Langsdorf said.

“He’s just got to keep working on executing, whether it’s a throw or timing with the receivers, he’s just got to continue to work with those guys but he’s been very good to this point in terms of studying and learning.”

Ideally, the Giants are believed to want to keep two quarterbacks on the roster this year. If they are able to do so, that would allow them to devote an extra roster spot to another area in need. Candidates for extra bodies include linebacker, where, because of the injury to Jon Beason, the Giants could end up needing to carry another body at that position; and offensive line, especially if Will Beatty isn’t ready to go.

Here’s what Painter had to say about the new offense.

Q: When Coach McAdoo was hired, Coach Coughlin spoke about how this year’s offense is a blend of the old system and what Coach McAdoo was part of in Green Bay. By your estimation, what percentage of the offense is indeed new and what percentage carried over from last year?
A: I guess it’s hard to put a percentage on it because it’s all new. There’s not really much carry-over when you have a new coordinator. All the terminology is new, for example. There are some things that don’t change no matter where you are, such as a certain combination that you can only run so many different ways. In this offense there might be some concepts that are the same, but it’s all different terminology, so I guess you can argue it’s all completely new.

Q: One of the things I’ve noticed that Coach McAdoo seems to be doing differently than Coach Gilbride, at least at this point in time, is he’s using a radio to call in the plays to the quarterbacks and he’s standing in front of the play rather than behind it.
A: Yeah, that’s how it is game day so the more realistic you can get, the better I guess if you can hear the plays and get them as close to the real thing as you can, that will help.

Q: A big thing we hear about regarding this offense is the new terminology, and I want to ask you about that. In some offenses, it can take 10 words to call a play; in others, maybe half of that. From your perspective, is the language being used to call plays easier or more complicated than the past?
A: I don’t think it’s any more difficult than any other offense, to be honest. I think the hardest part is making the transition to the new terminology. It’s not any more difficult when you look at how many words you have to use to call the plays.

Q: You guys have a new quarterbacks coach in Danny Langsdorf. How has that change gone so far and how has he been helping you guys expedite learning the new language.
A: It’s just constant repetition, just making sure you go cover the words and making the transition from last year to this year’s offense. There is really nothing special being done as far as the memorization. It’s more about recognition. Truthfully, that’s what anyone faces in any new system. One coordinator might run the exact same route but use a different word for it. There’s a lot of transition that has to go on and that’s where we are right now.

Q: How has the process gone?
I think it’s gone well. That’s kind of what this phase of the offseason is for. Get the terminology down and you have to do it every time you switch a team or coordinator, so many guys are used to it.

Q: Have the quarterbacks joined in the big technology trend that seem to be coming to light, text messaging each other plays and questions about the plays to help with learning?
If there are any questions, we have an open room dialogue wise. We can always shoot coach a text or call him on the phone to pick his brain.

Q: I know there’s always communication year-round, whether a system’s been in place 10 years or 10 weeks. Still, compared to last year, do you notice a difference in the frequency and intensity of the communication as you learn this new offense together as teammates?
A: Maybe a little. I think communication helps everyone out. Maybe there’s one thing you missed or didn’t pick up on and just having everyone help out, so I think it’s a good thing. On our team, you see a lot of guys helping each other out in the same opposition. In the grand scheme of things, we’re all competing against one another but we’re all there helping each other out, and that’s what makes it a nice room, at least for us at quarterback.

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