New York Giants: Saquon Barkley reacts to the firing of Jason Garrett

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The New York Giants are quickly approaching a division game with the Eagles, but the biggest story right now is still the changes in the organization. Jason Garrett is out as offensive coordinator, and the reactions have been trickling in. The Giants haven’t yet announced who will call plays in place of Garrett, but various members of the organization have given their remarks about the firing this week.

That includes Saquon Barkley, who was asked about it on Friday. Based on what Barkley said, it looks like the players are taking the firing as a sort of wake up call too.

“Obviously with JG getting fired, as an offensive player, you feel like you take some responsibility,” Barkley told reporters. “Obviously, we know that he’s the one that got fired, but we’ve still got seven games left and we’ve got to take responsibility about knowing that it wasn’t just only him.”

His comments are similar to those from Daniel Jones earlier in the week. Like Barkley, Jones acknowledged his own part in the outcome for Garrett.

Barkley’s comments are especially relevant this season as the running back is having a down year. Despite coming back with big expectations, Barkley has only played in 6 games at this point and has 220 rushing yards.

But of course, the poor offensive performance that got Garrett fired runs far deeper than Barkley. Against the Eagles, many eyes will be on the offense to see if that downward trend continues after Garrett. Barkley also spoke on the matter of what to expect the offense to look like on Sunday.

What will the offense look like on Sunday?

The Giants moved on from their offensive coordinator, but it’s unclear how much will change for the rest of the season. Many have pointed out how even if the playcalling is different, the offense is still limited by Garrett’s playbook. During the season, there’s no time to train for a complete revamp. Barkley’s comments on the subject echoed that idea.

“I mean, when you’re in Week 12 or Week 13 in the NFL, there isn’t really much more you can have. Obviously, you could have new wrinkles here and there, but you’re not really going to have much, the terminology is not going to change,” Barkley said.

We can perhaps expect more creative playcalls and better management on offense. But based on everything that’s been said this week by coaches and players, don’t expect any drastic changes. As much as the fans would like to see an instant leap forward in offense, the logistics of a drastic shift just aren’t possible at this point in the season.

New York Giants: Joe Judge cagey about Sunday’s playcalling plans

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The New York Giants have fired OC Jason Garrett, and we don’t know yet who will call the offensive plays for the rest of the season. The initial speculation was that the job was going to move directly to former Browns head coach and current Giants assistant Freddie Kitchens, an obvious path due to Kitchens’ extensive experience working with offenses. But Joe Judge shot down that idea when he told the media that the matter is undecided.

“We’ll talk through it as the week goes,” Judge told reporters when asked if he knew who would call plays on Sunday. “We’ll work through it collectively as an offense and build into Sunday when it comes.”

Judge did go on to say that he has an idea of who might call the plays in the next game. However, he declined to share that name with the press.

“We’ve got a lot of things that may be a little bit up our sleeve. Any competitive advantage you want to have you want to keep to yourselves.”

Who will call plays for the New York Giants?

There is, of course, a chance that Kitchens is definitely going to take over the job and the Giants are just moving slowly to admit it. The Eagles not knowing the offensive coordinator, after all, could present an advantage. There’s no candidate that stands out in particular to call plays other than Kitchens, and Judge confirmed the Giants aren’t bringing in another coach to take over for Garrett for the rest of the season.

If we want to know for certain what kind of scheme the Giants will run on offense, we’ll just have to wait until closer to the game and see who ends up handling it.

One thing is for sure, though: whoever does call the plays can probably get better performance from the talent than Garrett could.

Just don’t expect too many big changes to come during this next game or the rest of the season. Even though a new offensive playcaller will have a different angle of looking at things compared to Garrett, there’s still no time this season to add an entirely new scheme and whoever take over for Garrett has to work around that fact.

New York Giants: The stats that show how Jason Garrett held back the offense

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The New York Giants made the decision to move on from Jason Garrett after their loss to the Bucs, and fans are happy. Garrett has been heavily criticized since early in his tenure, thanks to the team underperforming consistently on offense. Arguably, the Giants have some of the worst utilization of offensive talents in the league.

But is Garrett just a scapegoat, or are the Giants actually removing a problem by getting rid of him? Here’s some statistics that point towards Garrett holding back the offense.

The New York Giants were dead last in offensive touchdowns

This one might be the worst statistic for the Giants, and the best one to use to make a point against Garrett.

At a basic level, the point of the offense is to score touchdowns. The offensive coordinator is supposed to design schemes and call plays to accomplish that goal. But under Jason Garrett, the Giants were the worst team in the league at this. The Giants were the worst team in the NFL at scoring offensive touchdowns since Garrett took over, and they’ve added too much talent recently to blame that on a lack of weapons.

The disparity between the Giants and other teams was notable. They scored four less touchdowns than the 31st ranked Jets within the same time period and 10 less than the 30th ranked Jaguars. For comparison, the Buccaneers led the league during that time with 95 touchdowns.

The fact of the matter is that Garrett hardly did his job to utilize the weapons the Giants have. Even accounting for COVID-19 and injuries, there’s no way the Giants should be dead last in this statistic based on the players on the roster.

Daniel Jones hasn’t come close to his rookie season performance

Developing the quarterback is another duty that often falls on the offensive coordinator. While quarterbacks coaches work with QBs more directly, the offensive coordinator still has to account for the current starting quarterback when making their offensive schemes.

When it comes to the relationship with Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett, one thing stands out: regression.

Jones threw for 24 touchdowns, 3,027 yards, and 12 interceptions during his rookie season. It wasn’t a rookie year that would blow anyone away or win him Rookie of the Year, but it inspired some hope that maybe the Giants hadn’t made the wrong choice. Jones did this in only 12 starts, compared to 14 starts in Garrett’s debut season next year.

But when Garrett got to the Giants, there was a noticeable decline. While Jones held onto the ball better, he wasn’t actually better at accomplishing the main job of a quarterback: throwing touchdowns.

Jones threw for a similar number of yards but only 11 touchdowns last season. When you account for his 10 interceptions that season, it’s easy to see why the sentiment around him as a player became a lot more negative after year two.

That’s not to say that every problem Jones has suffered from during his time in the league is just because of being under a bad offensive coordinator. But this season, Jones only has 9 touchdowns to 7 interceptions and still doesn’t look as promising as he did during his rookie season.

Whether Jones is ultimately the guy or not, that’s a utilization problem and not just a talent problem. And the main variable behind a change like this appears to be the coaching staff, namely Jason Garrett calling the offense from the 2020 season onwards.

New York Giants: Jason Garrett identifies major area of improvement for Daniel Jones

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Winning isn’t the only task for the New York Giants this season. This year also serves as an evaluation for quarterback Daniel Jones at the individual level. After two previous seasons of Jones at QB, and with a new General Manager potentially coming in this offseason, this seems like the year the Giants will make a decision about the player.

So far, Jones has offered mixed results but displayed improvement against Washington and New Orleans, against whom he delivered his best games of the season. His play so far was enough to draw several praises from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett when Garrett was asked where Jones had seen the most progress.

“You have to take care of the ball and I think he’s done that. Starting from about midseason last year, he’s done a great job taking care of the ball. He has made really good decisions, he’s played decisively,” Garrett said on Thursday about Jones.

Jones only has one fumble lost since the season opener, where he lost the ball against Denver. While he does have one interception this season, it only came on a Hail Mary before halftime in week 4.

While Jones hasn’t been perfect, and the unlucky interception could be considered karma for luckier moments earlier in the season, he has yet to throw a legitimate interception this season.

“When things aren’t there, he’s made good decisions to get rid of the ball. Two or three times in the game the other day, maybe a rusher came free, or something didn’t come up exactly like we wanted to, he used his feet, he threw the ball away, we went to the next down,” Garrett continued.

A better environment for Jones

What has caused the improvement in play from Daniel Jones? One thing that Garrett mentioned is a better environment around him compared to last season.

“As the environment gets better around him as we protect better and we get some guys outside who can make some plays for him, he’s going to continue to play better. That’s been my experience with quarterback play.”

In the case of Jones, the improvement in his environment has come in the form of new receivers and better offensive line play. The upgrade was perhaps most visible against New Orleans, when the Giants utilized Kadarius Toney more in their gameplan. Furthermore, a healthier Kenny Golladay was able to make more of an impact in the receiving game.

For the offense, a current challenge is continuing to provide the support that Jones needs. Headed into week 5, wide receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton are dealing with hamstring injuries and could miss another game. The team saw a step up from John Ross in their absence, but it’s unclear whether the trend will continue.

But whether the Giants enter the game injured at receiver or not, it’s clear that Jones will shoulder much of the responsibility for Sunday’s result when the team takes on a division nemesis.

New York Giants: Daniel Jones thriving off deep passing attack

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The New York Giants just earned their first win of the 2021 season. In thrilling fashion, the Giants pulled off an overtime upset over the New Orleans Saints to improve their record to 1-3. Quarterback Daniel Jones had a career game that propelled the team to victory.

Daniel Jones threw for a single-game career-high 402 passing yards against the Saints on Sunday. Much of Jones’s yardage was gained on deep passes, 15 or 20+ yards downfield. The Giants opened up their offense, calling more deep passing plays, allowing Danny to deliver some big-time dimes.

Daniel Jones thriving off deep passing attack

Through the first three weeks of the 2021 season, Daniel Jones attempted only 7 passes of 20+ yards downfield (about 2.3 attempts per game). Fans and analysts have criticized Jason Garrett’s offensive scheme for being too “dink-and-dunk” and not taking enough shots downfield. Garrett and Jones heard the criticisms and opened the offense up on Sunday.

In the Giants’ Week Four victory, Daniel Jones threw 5 passes of 20+ yards downfield, far more than he has been throwing on average this season. Jones lit it up on these attempts, going 2/5 with 106 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 irrelevant interception (the hail mary attempt at the end of the first half).

Even while scaling the threshold back, the Giants were throwing the ball further downfield than the rest of the NFL on Sunday. Daniel Jones had 9 completions on throws 10+ yards downfield in Week 4, the most among all quarterbacks (PFF).

On passes 15+ yards downfield, Daniel Jones was surgical. The Giants’ quarterback was 8 of 11 for 229 and 2 touchdowns on throws of 15+ air yards (Jordan Raanan ESPN). The downfield passing attack is letting Daniel Jones breakout.

New York Giants fans might be discouraged by their team’s 1-3 start to the season. Week Four was a step in the right direction, but by no means does it make the Giants a Super Bowl contender. Despite this lowly record, the Giants have reasons for optimism. The biggest reason for optimism: Daniel Jones.

Daniel Jones is developing into a franchise quarterback. Through four weeks of the 2021 season, Jones looks like one of the best signal-callers in the NFL. If the Giants are going to turn things around, it’s going to be because of Daniel Jones.

New York Giants: Jason Garrett shows no fear of losing job

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If New York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is scared of losing his job, he’s doing a good job of not showing it.

Garrett might be the most criticized figure associated with the Giants this season, and his offense has been singled out as a major factor in two out of the team’s three losses so far. This has led to, despite it still being early in the season, a lot of talk about how long Garrett should have before losing his play-calling duties or his job outright.

The talk has made it all the way to Garrett himself, who was asked on Thursday about the possibility of losing his spot as play-caller for the offense. However, he didn’t seem concerned by the question.

Jason Garrett responds to a tough question

“I don’t really think about that,” Garrett said. “We’ve just got to get better. We come in and we work hard to try to do that as coaches and as players every day. Had a good day yesterday, got to come back and have a good day today.”

Earlier in the press conference, Garrett blamed the lack of points on self-inflicted mistakes and brought up the need to ‘execute’ once again.

“I think we’ve done a good job moving the football, both run and pass, attacking different ways. We just have to in that situation do a better job executing.”

Needing to execute has been the default answer by staff members and players this season when confronted with the team’s winless record. Fact of the matter is, there’s only so long that a coach can blame a lack of execution before the coach himself is blamed for the players not executing. For Garrett, we’re already far past that point.

Garrett has had over a season to refine his system, and rather than the system showing better results with better talent added into the mix, it looks like the system is dragging those talents down.

It’s true that the Giants need to do a better job executing. But it’s also clear that right now, many fans and members of the media alike see Garrett as a big part of the cause behind that problem.

Whether the team’s higher level decision makers come around to see things the same way may largely depend on whether the Giants can have an offensive turnaround in the next few games, and play more like they did against Washington rather than against Atlanta.

How much longer can the New York Giants survive Jason Garrett’s putrid offense?

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The New York Giants are in a peculiar position on offense, as coordinator Jason Garrett has driven the unit straight into the ground with a lack of consistency and execution. In what seems to be a different strategy and system every week, Garrett has failed to play to his player’s strengths, giving receivers like Kenny Golladay opportunities with 50/50 balls and inexcusably avoiding Kadarius Toney in the passing game.

Toney, who replaced Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton after both suffered hamstring injuries in the loss to Atlanta, received just three targets and two catches despite playing for the majority of the game. There were numerous occasions where Toney could’ve been more involved, utilizing him on screen passes and targeting him in the shallow portions of the field where he can make players miss with his elite agility.

The New York Giants are sticking with an offense that will never succeed:

Ultimately, Garrett’s scheme is outdated and prehistoric, as he fails to adapt to the modern-day NFL and incorporate more unique route concepts. In addition, if you look over to Kyle Shanahan‘s offense in San Francisco, one of the ways he curates a more effective unit is by utilizing pre-snap motion. Motion allows the quarterback to decipher the opposing defense’s coverage, whether it be man or zone. It also forces defenders out of position and creates movement where the offenses can capitalize. The Giants simply don’t use enough of it, playing out of their base concepts and hoping Daniel Jones can find a receiver with the minimal amount of time he has in the pocket.

Despite Garrett’s pre-historic offense, head coach Joe Judge is committed to his strategy, stating there wouldn’t be any significant changes as they’re looking for more continuity moving forward.

“We’re going to stay consistent with what we’re doing and keep improving as a team. There’s a lot of things we need to clean up coaching-wise, execution-wise, but we’re going to stay on the track with it and make sure we get those things right before making any radical changes.”

The problem is simple; most NFL offenses are incorporating a number of different strategies, including pre-stop motion and designing plays around their top playmakers. Newly signed receiver Kenny Golladay seems to be running pointless routes that aren’t giving him an opportunity to win. The frequently called slant and hook routes aren’t enough to win football games, and if you look over at Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams, they find ways to scheme open their star players, like Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. Using rub-routes and decoys, they were able to confuse some of the best defenses in football, something the Giants failed to do against a league-worst Falcons defense.

So the question is, how long can the Giants survive as Jason Garrett drags them through the early 2000s and a scheme that most dinosaurs would coin as incompetent?

At the very least, the offensive coordinator should be utilizing a hurry-up offense more strategically, as it creates confusion for defenses and is one of the only ways the Giants have experienced success, notably on the first drive against the Washington Football Team in Week 2.

If the unit continues to struggle at this rate, Judge may have to make another difficult decision, firing an experienced coach like Garrett midseason and handing over playcalling duties to Freddie Kitchens. However, the Giants likely won’t stick with Garrett beyond the 2021 campaign, as Kitchens will likely take over playcalling duties at some point if the offense is unable to crack 20 points in the coming weeks. Having playmakers like Golladay, Toney, and Saquon on the field at the same time should be enough to score more than 14 points against the worst defense in football.

Giants News: Sterling Shepard injury update, Jason Garrett play-calling makes zero sense

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The New York Giants experienced a bevy of injuries in their third consecutive loss against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon. With Blake Martinez suffering a torn ACL which will keep them out for the remainder of the 2021 season, the offensive side also experienced a few injuries.

Receivers Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton both suffered hamstring injuries, and with their statuses up in the air, the Giants may have to prepare for the New Orleans Saints with the expectation that both won’t be available.

However, there is still hope that Shepard can play next Sunday in New Orleans, the first game of the season after Hurricane Ida forced the Saints to play elsewhere.

Shepard was in the midst of a career season prior to the injury, tallying 223 yards and one score over three games. His averages were hurt significantly after leaving in the first half, but in his absence, reserve pass-catcher Collin Johnson stepped up to the plate. Johnson was targeted seven times, hauling in five catches for 51 yards.

Shepard being forced out will significantly alter the Giants’ offensive game plans moving forward, but it would indirectly give Kadarius Toney more action. Toney enjoyed 66% of offensive snaps after Shepard went down in the defeat, bringing in two receptions for 16 yards on three targets.

Getting more creative with Toney in the passing game is essential, as they can use him on screens, short and intermediate routes. Ultimately, scheming him into space and getting the ball in his hands is enough to pick up yardage and move the chains. However, relying on coordinator Jason Garrett to accomplish that is like trying to hit a bulls-eye with blindfolds on.

Oddly, Garrett refrained from using the read option and more RPOs against Atlanta, keeping Daniel Jones in the pocket. After the team scored 29 points against Washington using more creative playcalling, the former Dallas Cowboys head coach ripped that portion of his playbook out of the game plan.

It is quite mind-boggling that Garrett continues to change his playcalling on a weekly basis and make adjustments that simply aren’t benefiting the team. The Giants haven’t thrown a passing touchdown in the red zone since last season, which is completely unacceptable for a team that needs to curate more points and increase their offensive production.

The Giants’ offense is currently ranked 25th in the league in points per game and 15th in yards, once again showcasing a bottom of the barrel unit that is incapable of scoring regularly against bad defenses, notably the Atlanta Falcons, who had given up an average of 40 points per game and were without their top corner in Week 3.

What Freddie Kitchens’s promotion means for the New York Giants’ offense in 2021

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New York Giants head coach Joe Judge made some key changes to his coaching staff this offseason. When Judge was hired in the 2020 offseason, he built a strong coaching staff that featured many former head coaches in assistant coaching roles. One of those former head coaches was Freddie Kitchens, Judge hired him as the tight ends coach.

Freddie Kitchens served as head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 season. Kitchens took over as the offensive coordinator for Cleveland in the 2018 season after the team fired Todd Haley. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield saw his game elevate to another level once Kitchens was put in charge. Unfortunately, things did not end well for Kitchens in Cleveland, as the Browns disappointed in 2019 and fired their head coach after one season.

Joe Judge then brought Freddie Kitchens onto his staff as a tight ends coach. But, after just one season, Kitchens’s role with the Giants is changing. Coach Judge gave Kitchens a promotion this offseason to “senior offensive assistant.” This new role will change Freddie Kitchens’s responsibilities with the team completely while also having a significant impact on the Giants’ offense.

How Freddie Kitchens will make the offense more vertical

At the beginning of Freddie Kitchens’s career, he worked under Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals. Kitchens learned a lot from Arians and developed his playbook based on the former Cardinals head coach’s offensive scheme. Like Arians, Kitchens loves to utilize 11 personnel and his offense places a heavy emphasis on vertical passing concepts.

Quarterbacks in Kitchens’s offense tend to have a high average depth of target. Under Todd Haley, Baker Mayfield’s ADOT was just 6.8 but shot up to 9.1 once Freddie Kitchens took over. According to PFF, Mayfield’s ADOT under Kitchens in 2018 was 9.6 yards, a very deep average. Kitchens again had him over 9 yards in 2019, averaging 9.2 yards ADOT.

Compare this to Daniel Jones’s first two seasons in the NFL. Under Shurmur in 2018, Jones’s ADOT was 8.4 yards. Garrett’s notoriously non-vertical offense in 2018 brought Daniel Jones’s ADOT down to 8.0 yards. Now, as a senior offensive assistant, one must assume that Freddie Kitchens will help Jason Garrett implement more vertical passing concepts and try to raise Daniel Jones’s ADOT in 2021.

Baker Mayfield threw 72 total 20+ yard passes in 2018 and 76 attempts in 2019. Kitchens had him airing the ball deep frequently. Daniel Jones threw 54 deep passes under Shurmur in 2018, playing in only 12 games. In 14 games under Garrett in 2020, Jones threw far fewer deep balls, only 43 total. This is obviously a problem, especially when considering Daniel Jones had a 132.5 passer rating on 20+ yard throws last season, the highest in the NFL.

Daniel Jones is an efficient deep-ball passer. Unfortunately, he rarely pushes the ball downfield due to a lack of vertical passing concepts in Jason Garrett’s offensive scheme. Freddie Kitchens should alleviate this issue and help Garrett get the ball downfield more frequently.

How Freddie Kitchens will help the offensive line develop

Head coach Joe Judge said that Kitchens’s “primary responsibility is going to be working with the front” in his new senior offensive assistant position. Judge explained, “tying into having two young offensive line coaches with Rob and Ben, I think Freddie is going to be an asset up front working directly with them and helping bring together the game planning, like all of our coaches will, but working directly with (offensive coordinator) Jason (Garrett) with some of the things that are going to happen upfront.”

New York Giants: Pros and cons to Jason Garrett returning as OC for 2021

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The New York Giants finished second to last in points per game this past season, averaging just 17.5 points. Thanks to a significant injury to star running back Saquon Barkley and a lack of playmakers on offense, the Giants did very little to help their stellar defense close out games.

In fact, if the offense was even average, the Giants would be a playoff team and then some. However, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett failed to get anything going, despite closing the year out strong against the Dallas Cowboys.

Some estimated that the Giants might move on from Garrett after his tumultuous season at OC, but ESPN is reporting that Garrett is expected to return for a second year with the Giants. After interviewing with the Los Angeles Chargers to be their next head coach, Garrett did not secure the position, which will send him back to New York, a more rainy destination.

During general manager Dave Gettleman, and owner John Mara’s postseason press conference, the idea of Garrett departing stirred a bit of concern. Gettleman made it clear that losing him would not be a positive step, stating the thought made him “antsy.”

“As far as the potential of Jason leaving, of course it makes you a little antsy,” general manager Dave Gettleman said after the season. “Just imagine, anybody, any of you guys, having your fourth editor in four years. It’s the same thing. It’s no different. We’ll adjust and adapt and do what we have to do, and obviously anything we do moving forward, Daniel is a big part of it. We’re certainly conscious of that piece, to answer your question.”

With the former Dallas Cowboy head coach sticking with Big Blue, let’s review the positives and negatives of his retention.

Pros and cons to the New York Giants retaining Jason Garrett:

Pros:

1.) Daniel Jones doesn’t need to learn a new system

One major argument is that Daniel Jones has had to learn two new systems in two years. Keeping the terminology consistent and helping him progress in the same system could be beneficial, but Garrett’s route concepts were truly inept. They need more creativity and downfield weapons for Jones to utilize, otherwise, Garrett will once again plummet down to the bottom of the league in points per game.

2.) The running game will be adequate

The Giants did a lot with a little in terms of the running game this past season. They averaged 110.5 yards per game on the ground, with Wayne Gallman and Alfred Morris as their primary backs. That is quite impressive, as Garrett’s zone-blocking scheme worked well with athletic guards to pull and trap. That is the one obvious benefit of keeping Jason around — the Giants will have a solid run game, especially if Barkley returns 100% healthy.

3.) Less coaching turnover

The Giants have gone through an enormous amount of coaching turnover the past few years, and they’ve already had to let go of offensive line coach Marc Colombo due to internal differences. Letting their coordinator on offense walk would only continue the trend, and a bit of continuity might go along way with the locker room and player development. This has less to do with Garrett and is simply executing the plan they put in place.

Cons:

1.) Inept passing attack

The Giants had one of the worst passing attacks in the NFL in 2020, averaging 189.1 yards per contest, which was good for fourth-worst. If you watched a majority of games, you would see the Giants running short/intermediate routes, rarely pushing the ball downfield, and utilizing dagger concepts to create separation. Opposing defense were simply playing cover 1 and cover 0, which was enough to hold them down in the passing game, as the receivers simply couldn’t create separation. I would’ve like to see more pre-snap motion, and hopefully, with Garrett gaining Barkley back in 2021 and possibly a wide receiver, things will gradually improve.

2.) Saw Jones regress in 2020

After throwing 24 touchdowns and 2019, Jones finished with just 11 touchdowns in 2020. He took a massive step backward in his ability to throw downfield and get creative. Garrett forced him to focus on his first read and run a robotic offensive scheme. Jones is better when throwing downfield and making plays on the move, and Garrett simply didn’t utilize his strengths properly.

3.) Very few vertical concepts

Again, pushing the field is one of the best ways to open up the run game and strike gold on deep balls. With speedsters like Darius Slayton available, the Giants did very little to maximize his talents. Putting him on an island and asking him to run go-routes on 50% of his snaps was too predictable. Defenses knew exactly what was coming, as Garrett simply ran a predictable offense with little creativity.

The occasional end-around to Evan Engram picked up a few yards, but it didn’t result in points. The Giants need to find ways to throw the ball downfield more often and blow coverages with decoy routes.