Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is the primary to confess that final yr, his first season as an offensive coordinator since 2010 when he was with Dallas, may have been higher.
That is simply certainly one of many issues Garrett has targeted on addressing in 12 months 2 of the Joe Choose period.
“I believe yearly you return and consider what you probably did and the way you probably did it and methods you are able to do issues higher,” he mentioned in his first public feedback this yr.
“Generally you say, ‘Hey, we like how we do it that manner.’ Different occasions you say, ‘Hey, we have to show that in a different way or provide you with a brand new thought or a brand new concept.’ I believe that is simply a part of the method and that is the way you develop and evolve as a person coach and as a unit and in the end as a crew.”
Choose shuffled the offensive teaching workers by re-assigning Freddie Kitchens from tights ends coach to senior offensive assistant and hiring Pat Flaherty as an offensive guide.
These additions weren’t essentially a direct response to the job Garrett did in his first yr as Giants offensive coordinator, the place the Giants offense completed thirty first within the league and thirty first in scoring. Somewhat they had been designed so as to add extra concepts to assist sift by the large image to optimize the offense.
Garrett, who final yr refused to make excuses for the offense’s efficiency, did admit that the challenges introduced on by the pandemic made issues extra difficult than anticipated, particularly for groups who had been attempting to put in a brand new system.
“I believe the problem of final yr for everyone across the league was you had restricted time in coaching camp and no preseason video games,” he mentioned.
“It was laborious placing a brand new system in on the outset. You are questioning what that quantity is, what guys can deal with as a result of the yr is not a typical yr.
“You do not get the reps on the sector in follow after which the preseason video games. So that you needed to develop and evolve and attempt to make these assessments as you went early on within the yr and once more I believed we bought higher because the yr went on.”
Certainly, Garrett, early final season, let it slip that the coaches had been nonetheless attempting to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the gamers.
That course of wasn’t helped following the early season losses of operating again Saquon Barkley so early within the season or Sterling Shepard, the latter of whom missed a number of weeks.
These causes may very well be why Choose determined to stay with Garrett, who interviewed for the Los Angeles Chargers head teaching emptiness however wasn’t employed.
The excellent news for Garrett is that along with having a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the gamers getting back from final yr, the crew additionally added receivers Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney, and John Ross; and tight finish Kyle Rudolph.
“I believe any time you add items, whether or not it is within the draft or free company, you are clearly doing that to assist enhance your crew, create competitors, get guys on the market that may provide help to and make performs and change into extra explosive,” Garrett mentioned.
“I believe the most important factor we tried to do as coaches is attempt to consider the strengths of all of our gamers and attempt to function them in that regard.”
Whereas Garrett is inspired by how the offense has been progressing this spring, he reminded reporters that there is nonetheless a protracted strategy to go earlier than a definitive evaluation might be made on the offense’s progress.
“That is the method we’re in proper now,” he mentioned. “We take it day-by-day. We’re enthusiastic about this chance right this moment, Wednesday. You study from Tuesday. You attempt to get higher on Wednesday and maintain shifting ahead. So the blokes are working laborious. We love their method. They’re embracing what we’re doing and hopefully we’re getting higher every day.”
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