As the 2009 season approaches, there is little we know about the Giants’ offense.
One thing is for sure: they have a ton of young talent.
Since Plaxico Burress' departure, the receiver position has been the primary object of concern. Finding a playmaker to replace his production will be difficult.
But what if the running back position holds the playmaker New York is looking for?
At the conclusion of the 2008 season, the Giants lacked a threat to score from anywhere on the field, and that included at the running back position.
Teams stacked eight men at the line of scrimmage not so much because they feared Brandon Jacobs, but because they knew that the Giants lacked big-play ability across the board.
Jacobs and Ward were models of consistency in 2008, but were no threat to go all the way at any moment.
With Ahmad Bradshaw and Danny Ware set to battle it out for the No. 2 job behind Jacobs, the Big Blue may be sitting on a gold mine.
That said, there are a number of ways that Bradshaw and Ware can improve New York’s offense in 2009.
1. Rotate Early and Often
Though it would be great to see Jacobs hammer away at opponents all day long, wouldn’t it be better to watch him do it in the first and fourth quarters for the entire season rather than all game for about 10 weeks?
With Bradshaw and Ware behind Jacobs, he should be afforded more rest time than he was in 2008. Both Ware and Bradshaw need touches to get going, and both have explosive ability when that happens.
If Big Blue’s offense is in a jam, one big play or two from these guys and they are back in business, regardless of how the passing game is working. Furthermore, if the game is on the line at the start of the fourth quarter, I want a fresh Jacobs to drain what remains of the opponent’s energy.
2. Split Ware and Bradshaw Out Wide (or Just Throw It to a Running Back)
Splitting running backs out wide may not seem like a big deal, but it causes major matchup problems for defenses.
Even throwing to Bradshaw and Ware out of the backfield will provide a major boost for the offense.
It is a great way to get the ball into the hands of the teams playmakers in space.
3. Use Travis Beckum the Right Way
New York's Offensive coordinator stated that Travis Beckum would serve as a slot receiver for the most part.That said, it would be ideal if he were inserted into that role on first and second down.
Based on how the defense chooses to defend Beckum, Manning can select a play which puts the Giants in the best position to gain yards.
Beckum should be able to block a safety out wide, and if a linebacker covers him, then a completion to Beckum will be quick and easy.
On third down, players like Moss and Nicks can move into the slot receiver roles where they can cause a whole separate set of matchup problems for a defense.
The flexibility Beckum brings to the table, along with the explosive abilities of Bradshaw and Ware are major pluses for New York’s offense.
After looking broken down on offense at the end of 2008, the massive talent pool the Giants have built up may help them become a better offense than ever before.