In 2012, the Giants had one of the highest scoring offenses in the entire league with 429 points, which was the sixth highest in the NFL. In Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Giants put up 42 points, had 397 yards of total offense and everyone got a really good glimpse of what the team can do when players are healthy and running on all cylinders.
Earlier in the season, the Giants had 502 yards of offense against the Cleveland Browns and 604 yards of total offense against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both games the Giants won and scored big in as well. Those two games are something offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride would like to build on for the upcoming season, especially with some of the new weapons on offense that he can utilize.
In an interview with Giants.com after the team's mini-camp ended, Gilbride sat down and talked about a variety of topics including his offense, the wide receiver situation, Eli Manning, among many other things.
"The thing is they haven’t been working. They haven’t been listening. They haven’t been growing; they haven’t been developing. They haven’t been receiving the coaching that they need to get better. To be quite frank, they need it," Gilbride said of Nicks and Cruz. "And the absence and not being here has hurt them and because of that, it has hurt us. But the good thing is that Brandon Collins and some of the other young receivers have had a chance to get some reps. Now the Jerrel Jernigans, down the road, they may be coming into a more integral part of what we have been doing offensively because of that. "
And on Eli Manning:
"There is no such thing as ‘maintain.’ You have to get better all of the time or you are going the wrong way. And you have heard it as a cliché, said many times, what I firmly believe and I think that good players all know it, as you physically get older, you have to compensate for that with continued growth with technique, continued growth in the deepening of understanding of what is taking place out there, so that you can compensate for whatever that loss of skill level is. So as a receiver, as a running back, as a lineman, if you are not doing that, then pretty soon you are going to be on the bench. As far as improving; the same things as always, making better decisions. Sometimes he gets antsy trying to make a play. And as always, he will try to push the envelope beyond what it should have been pushed. Continuing to make better decisions in terms of recognition of how teams are trying to disguise coverages, doing the little things better in terms of carrying out his fakes. He still can grow in terms of understanding what we are looking for as a coaching staff because he is our spokesperson out there. He is our guy, he is our link that has to translate it or say it out on the field. So there is still a lot of room for him to get better. But the best part of about it is that he is going to roll up his sleeves and do everything he can to get that done," he said.
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