New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride knows what his offensive unit is capable of doing in the 2013 season, especially since what the offense did a year ago.
In 2012, the offense, coached by Gilbride and lead by two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning, had the sixth highest scoring offense in the NFL with 429 points, which averaged 26.8 points per game. In the 16 games played, in six of them, the Giants scored 30 or more points and had at least 25 points in nine of the 16 games.
In two of the final four games for the Giants, the offense put up 52 points on the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 and 41 points in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, both of which were at home at MetLife Stadium, a surrounding that the players have gotten comfortable with and used to playing with, especially in the cold, which both games were played in.
At the team's training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, Gilbride told Steve Serby of the New York Post that he feels the offense could be one of the league's very best from what he has seen.
“We’ve been pretty good for a long time. … I would be disappointed if we’re not one of the better offenses in the league, one that’s capable of controlling games, one’s that capable of winning games at the end when you got to drive the ball down to score a touchdown at the end,” Gilbride told The Post. “We finished first in the league in two-minute production again last year. … I never like to make a prediction — I know that’s contrary to some people in this league — where we’re going to wind up."
Gilbride also mentioned how the team needs to steer clear from injuries in order to be one of the NFL's best, their star players in the unit, like Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and David Wilson, will all have to stay healthy and be on the field for the majority of the season.
“But I’d be disappointed if we’re not a good football team and have a really strong offensive unit. … But you never know, injuries are such a big part of it, and we got some guys that are going to have to show that they can play — the tight end position’s one, the tailback position, we got new guys there, so there’s a lot of ifs. Do I think they’re going to come through? Yeah I do, ’cause I believe in our guys and I know they’re working hard at it. But until you actually go out and do it on Sunday on a consistent basis, it’s hard for me to make any bold predictions.”
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