“It gives us time to get set and see what the defense is going to do, to keep them out of position,” wide receiver Rueben Randle said. “Switching in our personnel to take advantage of the personnel they have out there. Hopefully, they’re in regular (defense) and we’re in three-wide, so we can spread the ball out a little bit and use our speed to make a few plays.”
We won’t know until September how much the Giants will employ the no-huddle in a regular-season game, but Jennings said, “We have the capability of running our entire offense through no-huddle. It’s just a matter of how much we feel we need to use it per game, or how the offensive coordinator feels we need to run it.”
Jennings and Randle each said they’ve never before played at this collective speed.
“Yes, most definitely,” Randle said. “Besides being in two-minute, starting out (running it) at the beginning of practice instead at the end of practice.”
“Is this the fastest offense I’ve ever played? Yeah, the tempo is upbeat,” Jennings said. “It comes down to taking development from the inside of the classroom and putting it on the field. It is fast-paced but we have the guys and the personnel to get it done.”
McAdoo has brought a new look to the Giants’ offensive approach, one that will attack defenses at a faster space and could frequently eschew huddles. When an offense works in a hurry-up mode, it creates questions about communication between the play-caller (McAdoo) and quarterback (Eli Manning) and between and the other players on the field.
The players insist it’s a non-issue.
“The key is being on the same page and communicating. Understanding what we need to do and the confidence in moving at that fast pace. So we have to communicate with coach on our down time to make sure we are doing what we are supposed to do to be successful.”
“We have many ways to communicate,” Jennings said. “Some is verbal, hand signals, things of that nature. Also, being a student of the game, you can understand down and distance and the tendencies of what we want to accomplish, so it becomes second nature.”
Both the incumbent Giants and newcomers have had to learn an entirely new offensive language. Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that “this offense has a lot of verbiage.”
“It is a little difficult,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said. “Just solely in terms of learning the new terminology and learning it on the fly and doing it on the field as you hear it. The toughest part is hearing the play, processing it and being able to run it at a quick pace. Other than that, it is a challenge for me and I know it is a challenge for the receiving corps to continue to go out and get these plays down and try to be the best players we can be while learning the new offense and competing at a high level. So it’s a challenge for us.”
The new offense is expected to feature more frequent use of short and intermediate passes. Then it will be up to the receivers to turn them into big gains.
“I would love that,” Cruz said. “Any receiver would love to get the ball as early as possible so they can see what is coming and make them miss. Especially a guy like myself that loves to do things after I catch the ball. If I can catch the ball in some space, that is always a positive, so I am definitely looking forward to it. This season should be a good one.”
“I think it’s going to come natural to the receiver,” Randle said. “With the abilities we have, we have to make some guys miss. At the beginning of the route, we have to create separation and get the ball in our hands. After that, I think the receivers can take care of that.”
Of course, tempo verbiage and communication will become nothing more than empty words if the offense doesn’t produce and put points on the board. Three practices into camp, Coughlin is not patting anyone on the back.
“It is always going to be small gains,” Coughlin said after practice this afternoon. “You may have a good day, but it is the consistency factor, the competition factor, it’s working against good people, it’s the intelligent communication and adjustments from the quarterbacks to the entire offense, the receiver corps and you strive every day. You are throwing stuff at them. This is their second offensive installation, so there is more and more information to channel today. Because of the fact that it was an elongated practice you would like to see an opportunity to go ahead and utilize everything you have put in, but that didn’t happen today. Hopefully, we will catch some of that tomorrow.”