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For the New York Giants, the biggest current story for this 2014 training camp is one about a father and his son-in-law. Son-in-law, veteran and former all-pro guard Chris Snee, 32, has retired from the league, thus ending his decorated career with the Giants. Father-in-law Tom Coughlin is sad to see him go, but knows he cannot get all teary-eyed as major work needs to now be done.
To the surprise of many experts, the Giants started out 2013 0-6. Finishing 7-9 on the season and third in the NFC East meant that they found their game and went 7-3 in their last 10. This was the case despite shaky play from Eli Manning all season.
New Offensive System
Ben McAdoo comes in from Green Bay to be the architect for the Giants offense. McAdoo, 36, spent two-years as the Green Bay Packers quarterbacks-coach and the previous six-seasons as their tight-end-coach, according to ESPN.com. 2014 will mark the first ever season that Eli Manning will assume an entirely new offense as former OC Kevin Gilbride retired (or a forced retirement as many speculate).
The change was one that seemed very much needed as the unit was stale in 2013. Miscommunication plagued the offense in various ways including QB to WR and sideline to QB. The Giants offense was anemic last year to say the least, ranking 28th in points per game (18.4) and 28th in yards per game (307.5), according to NFL.com.
Manning is the face of this franchise, but that face turned sour in 2013 as Manning's inconsistencies had him tossing a league-high 27 interceptions. McAdoo is coming in to change all of this as he's been a part of one of the better offenses in the league alongside Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
The first order of business for the offense is to get the offensive line in order. The five guys up front are the life-line of any offense and last year saw the Giants have no chance with how pathetic these big-guys performed. The retirement of guard Chris Snee will open up yet another spot, but free agent pickup Geoff Schwartz will bring some much-needed stability to the unit.
Despite the health questions of RB David Wilson, this team is loaded at the running-back position. Free agent pickup Rashad Jennings will look to capture the starting job with Peyton Hillis adding a change of pace. If the injury-plagued David Wilson can return to top-form, then a duo of Wilson – Jennings would work beautifully.
McAdoo is expected to bring a breath of fresh air to a stable group. Training camp will be an interesting time, as the public will look to see how Manning and the rest of the veterans adjust to the change that comes with having a first-year offensive coordinator on board.