Taking chances could improve offense, playcalling.
I have always been wondering this, and I'm sure some of you have as well: the Giants need to take more chances offensively. I'm not saying we have to be the "rely on big plays to win" Eagles, but we should open up the playbook a bit more. Under Gilbride, we rarely take shots downfield, and rarely go deep on play action. Why not try and catch the defense sleeping? Teams know the Giants don't like to go deep, so they practically never plan on defending it. I think if we took some more shots downfield, we can help get rid of the "vanilla" offensive playcalling that many of us have been complaining about.
We have the personnel to go deep. Eli throws a relatively good deep ball. The one against Green Bay wasn't his best, but it wasn't a necessarily bad one either. Mario Manningham is a great guy that can strecth the field. He has the potential to become one of the NFL's better big play wideouts. He has contributed with some big plays this year, but he could easily add more if Gilbride opened up the playbook. Hakeem Nicks also has big play potential, we have all seen that. Kevin Boss can also gain yards from post plays, Gilbride can develop some deep posts for him to run.
So, adding the deep ball to our attack will make us less predictable. Gilbride, as we all know, calls obvious plays. Run, pass, and run if it's third and short. Defenses know what we are doing. Granted, we do put up good offensive numbers, but that's because of our sheer talent. It seems that we can't get those yards or that first down when we need them. Taking a chance downfield on second or third and short could end up paying big dividends for us, as opposing defenses don't expect us to do that. This can also help the running game and intermediate passin game in the long run. After establishing the deep ball, teams will respect it and we will have more room to run and throw medium or short passes. Look at the Bears, Eagles, Chargers, Steelers. They all go deep a couple of times during games. We have better receivers than all those teams. Yes, people are going to say "But this can lead to interceptions." Well, that's part of going deep. Some passes are going to be picked off. But that shouldn't happen a lot with us. I'm not asking to throw it deep every othet possession, just a couple of times, maybe 5, a game. A well thrown deep ball will not be picked easily, either. So, how about we open up the playbook a bit, and see what the deep ball can do for us.