Dec 7, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New York Giants running back Andre Williams (44) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at LP Field. The Giants beat the Titans 36-7. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
Was the Poor Running Game On the Offensive Line?
The offensive line is widely credited the fault when the running game fails. This makes sense as without blocking, the running back can only do so much. But is this completely the offensive line’s fault. The Giants had two running backs who haven’t accomplished a lot in the NFL. The often banged up Rashad Jennings has never had a 1,000 yard season. Andre Williams was a raw rookie who showed a lot of room for growth in his game.
The point is that while the offensive line wasn’t wonderful in run blocking, and therefore not absolved of all blame, the running wasn’t great either. Also Ben McAdoo is an offensive coordinator that is completely focused on the passing game, as he was brought up in the Green Bay Packers offense. This wouldn’t be the first time that a west coast offense struggled to implement a rushing attack.
The run blocking needs to get better this season. With that there is no question. That being said it is hard to heap the entire blame for the lack of productivity in the running game on the Giants offensive line.
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