Letters to the Editor: January 25, 2014

Rich Z. writes…
I don’t ever remember John Mara expressing displeasure with the team’s performance publicly, as he did this year. Of course, it was more than justified. But what resonated most with me was his questioning the coaching staff about … what took them so long to recognize that Jernigan could play?

I wholeheartedly endorse that observation. One only has to look at the successes of Victor Cruz and Stevie Brown, which begs the question; how many other potential players does the scouting-coaching establishment miss or fail to develop? Would the Giants ever have drafted a Wes Welker? I hope this offseason the Giants re-examine some of the basics they have relied on in the past.

Rich, being a little closer to the situation, I can tell you that Jernigan didn’t show much in practices for a large part of the year. He finally started to get it after the midway point and not coincidentally, his game reps started to come.

What I always found frustrating is how complex the offense was for a receiver. These guys aren’t 10-year NFL veterans. Why Gilbride didn’t simplify things a lot sooner after seeing the offense struggle is, to me, the biggest mystery of the 2013 season.

As for player hits and misses, all I’ll tell you is this: some guys REALLY want it and some are just thrilled to have a NFL paycheck and the perks that come with being a pro baller.

Those who get a NFL paycheck know they are safe because they’re a draft pick and so they coast through the first few years of their contact before realizing, “Hey, I better wake up.” It happened on every team every year and it unfortunately becomes impractical for a team to cut its ties with the slackers given all the time and money spent in obtaining and developing the player.   

Kevin L. writes…
To follow up on what we were talking about, how many times did we hear Reese saying they needed to find out if certain players could play? I think it was somewhat of a disconnect between the coaches and the front office.

I seem to remember it being said that the front office gets the players and the coaches have to find a way to use them. The truth was with the former system the first year was a waste year because the system was so complicated for rookie wide receivers and running backs.

That’s not good economics for owners. With these other offensive systems, you see rookies coming in contributing. I think that was another reason Coughlin’s long time coaches were dismissed, to get a more player friendly system in place to get the most out their draft picks.

Kevin, it’s unfortunate but sometimes when you change coordinators, you have to change position coaches who teach the skills necessary for a player to be successful in the offense you want to run. That’s what I think happened here.

Greg S. writes…
Much has been made of McAdoo’s experience in West-Coast offenses, for good reason, but I wonder if the more pronounced shift will be toward an up-tempo offense. Even in his first year in the NFL, Eli seemed to function best in a no-huddle and 2-minute offense. The hiring of Langsdorf as QB coach certainly is suggestive…

Greg, McAdoo already said in the release announcing his hiring that they were going to run an up-tempo offense. I don’t know much about Langsdorf—haven’t had a chance to do my homework on him yet—but as I have said all along, the Giants offense is going to be a cross between the WCO and what they’ve done in the past with, I suspect a more heavy WCO flavor. We’ll find out soon enough.

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