Ian Rapoport of NFL.com is reporting that New York Giants’ head coach Ben McAdoo will be calling the offensive plays for at least one more week, and will call the offense against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The report from Rapoport that McAdoo will keep the play sheet shouldn’t really be surprising.
McAdoo did say this week that the team would certainly consider moving play calling duties to offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan if they believed it would help the offense. However, he is also the architect of the offense, and said that he believes that his calling the plays is just “easier”, saying, “I have a chance to manage the game and call the plays on offense, I think that’s easier than adding a third [part] to the wheel.”
Much of the call for McAdoo to give up play calling came after a Week 1 loss that saw the Giants play a very conservative, almost timid, brand of offense. To the Giants’ credit, that was addressed (at least somewhat) the following week with almost 20 percent of throws by Eli Manning going 20 or more yards downfield.
Ultimately, it was always unlikely that McAdoo would give up the play calling duties. It remains to be seen whether or not the reported increase in practice intensity and accountability among players will have an effect.