With the heat, how will Giants OC Jason Garrett react?
“Staff, interlocutor, protection.”
In January, quarterback coach Tony Racioppi told the “ Valentine’s Views ” podcast that a quarterback needs all three to be successful.
The giants believe the staff are there. They spent the offseason improving weapons around quarterback Daniel Jones. Receivers Kenny Golladay, Kadarius Toney and John Ross have joined Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. Accomplished veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added. The running back Devontae Booker is a giant. Star running back Saquon Barkley is reportedly on track to start the 2021 season after tearing an ACL and missing all but two games last season.
The giants believe the protection will be there. Despite the struggles on the offensive line last season, the Giants’ big move was to subtract Kevin Zeitler – their most accomplished lineman. The Giants are confident their young lineage will grow and they have revamped the offensive line coaching squad with Rob Sale, Freddie Kitchens and Pat Flaherty all having their say.
The play-caller? It’s still Jason Garrett, and there’s no doubt that the offensive coordinator’s seat is hot as 2021 enters.
The Giants scored 17.5 points per game a season ago, 31st in the NFL.
The mandate for this offseason was clear. Get more offensive weapons. For too long the Giants have been armed with a .22 when many of their opponents have taken AR-15s in battle. The Giants have done everything they can during the offseason to level this battleground, and if everyone enters the season in good health, you could easily say that the Giants’ skill-level players will be among the best. best in the NFL.
“There is attention here, a clear objective to make sure that there are people who can open up and give solutions to Daniel from a player’s point of view, and not put the whole burden on him.” , said Scouting Academy director Dan Hatman on a recent Valentine’s Day. Appearance of the Views podcast.
“They’re adding guys who can participate in these games.”
How to use them will be up to Garrett.
This, we know, leaves an uneasy feeling in the stomachs of many Giants fans.
Racioppi and Mark Schofield said in that previously mentioned mid-January podcast that they support Garrett’s return as offensive coordinator.
“People are asking if Jason should be back. Absolutely, I think Jason should be back. Listen, this year if they wrestle a lot or Daniel doesn’t play well or he plays the same or maybe he gets a little worse, OK that’s a conversation to have the year next, ”Racioppi said.
“I’m looking, now you know your plays Jason, now you know what guys can do, hope you add guys in free agency and draft, things you miss in this offense you can hope for getting, then adding things that we’re talking about. Helping the young quarterback find some completions. “
Racioppi said Jones looked comfortable at the end of the season.
“You see Daniel so comfortable in things why would you want to change that on him again?” Racioppi said. “When you start to understand what the coach expects from you, that’s when you can really take the next leap. See the same concepts over and over and over again. They’re just different formations and window treatments, but they’re the same things, the same concepts.
Schofield said at the time that while Garrett “bears some responsibility” for the issues surrounding the 2020 Giants offense, “the stability around Daniel Jones is obviously enormous” for the development of the quarterback and the offensive.
I, too, supported Garrett’s return for a second consecutive season on the Giants’ offense. Asking Jones to learn a new offensive pattern for the third time in three seasons in the NFL would have been difficult. Comfort with his player and with what the Giants are schematically trying to do with their offense can only help Jones as he enters a critical season.
Garrett and the Giants, however, can’t just bring back the same traditional, somewhat vanilla-flavored approach to offense.
We recently noted that quarterback Daniel Jones was statistically the best passing passer in the NFL in 2020. Yet his 39 field attempts (20 yards or more) were the rarest of any top 10 quarterback. passers last season.
With the pitch throw being the strength of Jones and players like Kenny Golladay, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, Evan Engram and running back Saquon Barkley to throw, the ball just needs to be thrown onto the pitch more often.
Speaking of Toney, Schofield recently looked at ways the Giants can bring the ball to their first-round pick.
One thing we do know for sure is that for the benefit of Toney – as well as Jones and the whole offense – the pre-snap move needs to be a bigger part of the Giants’ offense in 2021.
The Giants, according to Sports Info Solutions, were 31st in the league to use pre-snap motion last season, using it on only 30% of their offensive shots. Toney, in particular, is a player who took advantage of Florida by moving.
It’s no accident that a list of quarterbacks who are best for using pre-snap motion put together by Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar closely resembles a list of the game’s best quarterbacks, period.
It’s a detour to speak specifically of Garrett, but Farrar explains that there really are two different types of movement, and it’s worth briefly presenting his views on both:
When we talk about pre-snap movement, there are two obvious types: movement to indicate and movement to disrupt. The indication motion means we want the quarterback to have a sense of what the defense is doing based on the defense’s reaction to the motion. Generally speaking, if a catcher starts to move and a defender follows them, the man’s cover arrives. If the defense remains static and you see adjustment calls, this is the most likely area. Some defensive coordinators are getting smarter about it, showing human reaction and zone of play and vice versa, and you can expect this to happen more often, but it’s usually helpful.
When we talk about movement to disrupt, we are talking about the possibility of using pre-snap movement to put a defense in a bad position – either by moving a receiver to a place where he will face a defender who cannot keep. . with him, or using movement to establish route concepts in which the main defenders are completely removed from the game.
Back to Garrett. Whether it’s a move to indicate or a move to disrupt, hopefully we will see less of the Giants’ “line up and play” in 2021.
David Turner, owner and president of Maverick Sports Consulting, is a former NFL talent assessor who was a professional intern with the Giants when Garrett was the team’s quarterback.
In a recent “ Valentine’s Views ” podcast, Turner spoke about Garrett and whether he expects him to have trouble getting Toney on the offensive.
“I went to their house, I sat down with their dad, Jack, and I watched him talk about football. I have known this family for a long time, my whole career they know football so well and you give it [Jason Garrett] a gun like Toney, I don’t think he’s ever going to have a problem figuring it out, ”Turner said.
“I think he’ll be great throwing bubble screens at him, doing reverse Z tricks with him, giving him the short to intermediate lanes where he can get the ball in his hands quickly. Kadarius gives Jason a weapon he hasn’t had much in his career. So we don’t know how he’s going to use it, but knowing him and the family and their creative nature, I really feel comfortable that he’ll find ways to use it.
Another thing that would be nice is a better use of Engram. I know Engram’s inconsistency drives Giants fans crazy, and rightly so. Whether you think Engram lost eight assists last season, as Sports Info Solutions and Stats.com credit it, or 11, as Pro Football Reference lists, Engram’s inability to catch single throws that have him clapping with two hands was almost ridiculous in 2020..
Engram’s average target depth (ADOT) of 6.9 and front yards taken per reception (5.8) were higher in Garrett’s offense than during two seasons under Pat Shurmur. His efficiency (57.8% receiving rate), yards per catch (10.4), yards received per game (40.9) and receptions per game (3.9) were all down.
In 2020, 75 of Engram’s 102 targets came in the short zone (0-9 yards) or behind the line of scrimmage. It’s 73.5 percent. Under Shurmur in 2019, it was 50 out of 65 (76.9%). Not much of a difference.
The change, and it’s not a change I can find data on, seems to be that Shurmur introduced Engram in the traverse routes where his speed came into play. Garrett seemed to use it more on the stick routes. or back where speed didn’t matter.
Since Engram came out of Ole Miss with 98th percentile speed for a tight end (4.42 dash 40-yard dash), maybe the crossing routes are better suited to his skills.
Some believe that Garrett, a. longtime favorite of the Mara family, is protected from property. If there is any truth to this, I don’t know.
What is evident is that there is pressure on Garrett in 2020. After all of the investments the Giants have made to improve the attacking staff, and the adjustments in the coaching staff with Freddie Kitchens moving on to l With his main offensive assistant and Rob Sale taking over the offense, there has to be a significant improvement in 2020. Finishing 31st in the league and scoring less than 20 points per game isn’t going to cut it.
How Garrett responds to the challenge in one of the compelling storylines of the coming season.