Jason Garrett still trying to figure out what the Giants’ offense is good at, four weeks into the 2020 NFL season
The NY Giants offense is the lowest scoring the league entering Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, and four weeks into the season offensive coordinator Jason Garrett is still trying to figure out why.
“You certainly want to do the things that you’re good at,” Garrett said Thursday. “And we’re trying to discover what those things are both in the run-game and the pass-game.”
So far, the Giants haven’t been great in either aspect.
As the 2020 NFL trade deadline approaches, a current GM thinks the Giants have several players who could be attractive targets, including Evan Engram.
New York enters Sunday’s game with running backs averaging 2.9 yards per carry as quarterback Daniel Jones leads the team in rushing. Jones has also struggled through the air, producing the fewest passes in the NFL that travel more than 20 yards and has tossed five interceptions with just two touchdowns.
“The biggest thing we’re all trying to do is execute better,” Garrett said. “You want to make sure that you’re finding ways to keep the defense off balance, whether it’s using tempo or whether it’s using formations and movements or just the combination of run and pass or different ways to do that.”
The Giants’ struggles to establish any sort of momentum have played a key role in both an 0-4 start and a two-plus game touchdown drought.
Sunday presents an opportunity for the Giants, against a Cowboys defense that has surrendered 38.7 points per game and has struggled stopping the run, an inflection point of whether this offense can be salvaged.
At the very least, Giants head coach Joe Judge has a vision for how he’d like the offense to take shape under Garrett.
“I think balanced is what you want to be,” Judge said. “Balance isn’t about running or throwing it 50/50 [of plays]. To me, balance is being able to run it when you have to run it and throw it when you have to throw it. You want to be able to play the game on your terms.”
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