If you had any doubts about that, consider what's going on with the organization this week. On Tuesday, the Giants announced the hiring of Ben McAdoo as their new offensive coordinator. The 36-year-old was the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons and the team's tight ends coach for the six years before that.
It was a surprise move and one that clearly indicates a departure from the Gilbride-led offense. All along, it appeared that Mike Sullivan, the Giants' former quarterbacks and receivers coach who this past season was the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, would replace Gilbride. But by bringing in McAdoo, and bypassing Sullivan, the Giants have decided to usher in a new era on offense.
McAdoo was very clear when speaking about his plans for the offense.
"We're going to be an up-tempo, attacking-style offense," he said. "We're going to play with good energy. And we're going to rely on fundamentals."
McAdoo has his work cut out for him. This past season, the Giants had the league's 28th ranked offense. Quarterback Eli Manning threw 27 interceptions. In contrast, the Packers ranked third in the league in yards per game and eighth in scoring, despite playing a good portion of the season without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Of course, nothing McAdoo does will matter if the Giants don't fix the mess that is their offensive line. Right now, it's in complete disarray on the heels of an abysmal season. It's where general manager Jerry Reese is going to have to do his best work this offseason.
With Gilbride out and McAdoo in, the Giants appear to be just getting started. Today they announced that tight ends coach Mike Pope and running backs coach Jerald Ingram would not return. Pope first joined the Giants in 1983, Bill Parcells' first year. He was a part of all four Super Bowls. Ingram came to the Giants in 2004, Tom Coughlin's first year. More coaches could get the ax before all is said and done.
After a 7-9 season and no playoffs for the second straight year, change was expected, though the hiring of McAdoo to fix what team owner John Mara called a "broken" offense was a surprise. Nonetheless, the newest Giant sounds ready for the challenge.
"Working for a class organization like the Giants and a championship coach like Tom Coughlin, and being able to work with Eli Manning, who is a very talented and proven quarterback, is very exciting for me," McAdoo said. "We have a great opportunity in front of us, and I can't wait to get started."
And so the Ben McAdoo era begins. Along with a whole bunch of other changes.
The Giants are just getting started.
Charles Costello has followed the Giants for 30 years and was a beat reporter assigned to cover the team during the 1997 season. He writes about the Giants and New York Yankees on the Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @CFCostello.
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