After struggling to run the ball for the second week in a row, New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo is once again left searching for answers about what’s going wrong.
“I think we had some opportunities to have some runs come out,” he said via a conference call with the Giants beat writers. “Again, whether we run the ball well or not, it’s not only the offensive line. Everybody’s included. It takes all 11 to be successful there. … I thought there were some opportunities for us to have some runs come out on the interior of the offensive line.”
The interior of the offensive line consists of guard Justin Pugh and John Jerry, and center Weston Richburg. Of those three, Jerry seemed to have the most struggles with run-blocking.
Of the Giants’ 20 rushing attempts, four were stuffed by the Cleveland Browns for negative yardage. At least three of those negative runs came with Paul Perkins in the backfield.
“Again, there’s enough to be spread around,” McAdoo said when asked what he attributed the negative runs. … There were plenty to go around. You can’t have that. You need all 11 to have a chance to have a chance and we didn’t have that early in the game.”
The Giants have options if they want to make a move on the offensive line. backups Brett Jones, a guard and center, and D.J. Fluker, who played right guard with the second team, both had what McAdoo described as “solid outings.”
“They both got better, they both improved,” the coach said. “Brett is a tremendous communicator out there, he’s a physical player and he had a nice night. Fluker’s a guy that, he’s learning. He’s playing a couple different spots. He’s learning the offense still, he’s working hard through it, he’s a physical football player and when he gets his hands on somebody, he’s a physical man.”
It would seem unlikely that Jones, who has primarily worked at center this summer, will replace starter Weston Richburg in the lineup. However, McAdoo didn’t rule out possibly giving Fluker a shot with the starting lineup, something Fluker really hasn’t had this summer.
“We’re going to look at those options and talk through them as the week goes on and see how it shakes out,” McAdoo said, before quickly adding, “But we have not lost confidence in John Jerry or anybody on the offensive line, for that matter.”