The New York Giants’ offense was stale and unexciting in 2020 under first-year coordinator Jason Garrett. They finished 31st in points and only scored 12 touchdowns through the air.
A lot of that has to do with their formations. Most team use pre-snap motion to unsettle the defense so they can’t pin their ears back and tee off. The Giants used little pre-snap motion last year and defenses were able to figure out what they were doing early and often.
Garrett is under the impression that his offense is fine. He laid the unit’s failures on the amount of turnovers — which didn’t help, either — but feels this system is still viable in the 2021 NFL.
“Yeah, motion is, obviously if you followed our offense last year, a big part of what we’ve done,” Garrett told reporters on Thursday at camp. “Last year, we ran a lot more of the no-huddle stuff around the line of scrimmage where you don’t run as much motion. We were using tempo, sometimes we went fast, sometimes we went slow. We weren’t in the huddle as much last year — I don’t know if you guys could see that on TV — but that was one of the things that we did. Motion and shifting and movement, all that stuff has been a big part of what we’ve done in the past and if we feel like it applies to a particular game plan, we’ll certainly use it.”
The reality is, the Giants did not use a lot of pre-snap motion in 2020. At least not as much as 21 other teams did.
Garrett comes off as so defensive and a big “you never played the game like I did” kind of coach to me.
The reality is that he’s simply lying or ignorant to the truth on this. The #Giants ranked 22nd in presnap motion after 15 games in 2020 (h/t @SethWalder , @JustinPenik ) https://t.co/bV3LPk59UI
— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) August 5, 2021
Granted, it was the first year of his system and the team has little tie to acclimate due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The offensive line was manned by a player who had never played center and three rookies most of the season. They also played 15 games without their best player, running back Saquon Barkley, so Garrett certainly deserves another shot to prove himself here. But…he still needs to be more creative going forward.