The New York Giants' 2014 season could be a historic one. It may very well be the last time we see Tom Coughlin as the team's head coach and, depending on how the season shakes out, the beginning of the end of the Eli Manning era in New York.
Manning's atrocious 2013 season was cause for concern. He tossed 18 touchdowns and 27 interceptions, and the Giants offense often looked stale. That's why one major offseason coaching change could prove to be the best move the team has made.
Replacing offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride with first-time coordinator Ben McAdoo was a move that trumped all of the team's other moves in free agency—even the signing of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. McAdoo comes over from the Green Bay Packers, with whom he'd worked as a tight ends coach and quarterbacks coach since 2006.
Whatever he's done so far, Manning seems to be enjoying it. Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News reported that the veteran QB loves the new scheme.
"It’s reenergized me," Manning said.
McAdoo is just as confident about the offense, telling Steve Serby of the New York Daily News, "And, yes, it can be fixed and, yes, it will be fixed."
In order for that fix to happen, first-round wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will have to do big things this season. Paired up with Victor Cruz, the talented pass-catcher will need to space the field and help the Giants move the chains.
Overall, it was a solid offseason for general manager Jerry Reese. It should be fun to watch this team compete in 2014.