New York Giants GM Jerry Reese said his team should be "more aggressive" on offense during his annual state of the organization on Oct. 27. Giants quarterback Eli Manning spent the bye week intently studying film of his team's Week 9 opponents, the Indianapolis Colts.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and the offense must be "more aggressive."
This was what Giants GM Jerry Reese said during his bye-week media availability on Monday. For his part, Manning has been spending his free time -- the Giants have been idle for the past 15 days -- studying the Colts' defense, per The New York Post's Paul Schwartz:
"Yeah, he saw it.
"Resting up on the bye week, Eli Manning had extra interest in checking out the Colts last Sunday, as they are the next opponent for the Giants, and Manning enjoyed what he observed. What right-minded quarterback wouldn't appreciate seeing Ben Roethlisberger carve up the Colts one week before Manning gets his shot at slicing up the Indy pass defense?
"Of course, Eli being Eli, he looked a little deeper. Sure, the Colts got embarrassed by Big Ben -- who torched them with an epic 522 passing yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 rout in Pittsburgh -- but a week earlier, they completely obliterated the (Cincinnati) Bengals and their supposedly high-octane offense in a 27-0 shutout, sacking Andy Dalton three times and forcing him into 20 incompletions and only 126 passing yards.
"One game, domination. The next game, totally dominated.
"'Pittsburgh played really well,' Manning said. 'They did a great job in protection. Ben threw some great balls, receivers were winning on routes, so that is just the way football goes sometimes. The week before, Indianapolis dominated Cincinnati. They had a great pass rush. It was hard for Cincinnati's offense to do anything. Then it kind of flip-flopped around the following week and Pittsburgh doing whatever they wanted. I think from watching those two games, you see a lot of talent and (the Colts defense) making a lot of plays. The scheme didn't really change. Pittsburgh just did a great job.'
"Manning hopes the flip-flop sticks and gets to do whatever he wants as the Giants return for a 'Monday Night Football' affair at MetLife Stadium after not playing in 15 days since their 31-21 loss to the (Dallas) Cowboys. His quarterback rating of 96.8 is a career-best, but it isn't enough to please general manager Jerry Reese, who used his bye-week media availability to state -- more than once -- he views Manning and the Giants offense as 'too cautious' and would like to see more aggressiveness and downfield throws.
"Here's what Reese is talking about: Manning this season Manning this season has attempted only 16 passes that have traveled 20 or more yards past the line of scrimmage. He's completed only two of them."
Reese emphasized this aggressiveness in his annual state of the organization on Oct. 27, notes NFL.com's Connor Orr:
"During his annual state of the organization on Monday, Reese says he sees the offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo as one that is developing some cautious tendencies.
"Manning, he thinks, can take things in another direction by being more aggressive.
"'I just think, as an offense, we have to be more aggressive,' Reese said. 'I think at times we're a little bit almost too cautious with what we're doing offensively. This is the National Football League. You've got to go out there and you have to win the game.
"'You can't think something's going to fall into your lap. You've got to go out and take the games. I think we have to be more aggressive offensively. I appreciate Eli taking care of the ball and not turning it over because that correlates to wins a lot of the time, but you can't be too cautious.'
"The funny thing is that the team's previous offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, had a system in place where Manning could take more calculated shots downfield than many other quarterbacks. It was the team's choice not to hire a coordinator with knowledge of that offense when Gilbride retired back in January.
"Still, there are deep balls out there for Manning in McAdoo's scheme. The question is: Does he trust Odell Beckham and Reuben Randle to bring them in?"
The 33-year-old Manning has thrown for 36,918 yards, 243 touchdowns and 176 interceptions on an 81.9 passer rating in 160 career regular-season games for the New York Giants, per ESPN stats.
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