EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ben McAdoo plans to mix and match what he learned with the Green Bay Packers with parts of the Kevin Gilbride's playbook in coming up with a new offense for the New York Giants.
Speaking with media on Thursday for the first time since being appointed as the Giants' offensive coordinator last month, McAdoo sounded similar to coach Tom Coughlin in stressing the importance of playing smart, tough and error-free football.
The 36-year-old former Packers quarterback coach didn't lay out much of his offense, in large part because the Giants (7-9) have so many question marks heading into next season. Much of his time on Thursday was spent with Coughlin and the other coaches on the revamped offensive staff, who will try to improve a team that ranked 28th in the NFL in both yards (307.5) and points per game (18.4) in 2013.
McAdoo has outstanding credentials, having worked with Packers coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay's offense was third in the league in yards a game (400.3) and tied for eighth in scoring (26.1 points).
Eli Manning is coming off a season in which he threw a career-high 27 interceptions. Running back David Wilson is returning from a neck injury. The line is old and banged up and receiver Hakeem Nicks is a free agent and might not be back.
"At this point we're starting to build what we're going to look like," McAdoo said. "Every offensive system is its own living, breathing organism. At the end of the day, you have to make sure you're flexible enough. It depends on what type of personnel you feed it to see what it's going to look like. It's a little early to know what we're going to look like right now."
McAdoo said the Giants would use some aspects of the West Coast offense, but not all. He probably will use more screen passes than Gilbride, try to expand the role of the tight end and demand that his running backs block for Manning.
The revised offense will be determined over the next few months and tweaked once the players and Manning start using it.
"Really as the offseason and training camp goes on, every offensive system tailors toward the strength of the starting quarterback, what he does well and he doesn't do well in the pass game," McAdoo said. "The runs are directly related to the runners. At the end of the day, your system is built around your personnel, not the other way around. "