The New York Giants have been targeting defensive-minded coaches to succeed Ben McAdoo as the team’s head coach. The Giants are also in desperate need of offensive help, and Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo is the perfect candidate to transform the offense into the powerhouse it was meant to be entering last season.
The Giants, led by quarterback Eli Manning and star wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall, were supposed to be one of the best offensive units in the league. The team finished with a 10-6 record in 2016, and signing Marshall while retaining most of the key players on what was an already dominant defense made the organization and its fans incredibly optimistic for the 2017 season.
Instead, the Giants put together what was possibly the most disappointing season in team history, finishing with a 3-13 record while underachieving massively on offense and defense. Manning had incredibly poor numbers, Beckham and Marshall were both lost early in the season to injuries, and combined with injuries and poor play on defense, the Giants had no hope of living up to even the most conservative of expectations.
Head coach Ben McAdoo was fired with four weeks to go during the season, and the Giants have already held the first round of interviews for potential candidates. Unfortunately, most of these candidates, including New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, lack the background necessary to properly fix the various problems on offense.
The Giants have no choice but to hire a new head coach this offseason. However, a move that is not as immediately necessary, but one which has a much better chance of solving the issues plaguing the team last season, is hiring a new offensive coordinator.
Mike Sullivan, the Giants’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, was recently hired as the Denver Broncos’ quarterback coach. Sullivan took over offensive play-calling duties from McAdoo six weeks into the 2017 season and did a rather impressive job given the plethora of injuries sustained by the wide receiver corps, but with him gone, the team needs a new play caller who knows how to utilize the skills of a very talented receiving corps.
John DeFilippo is exactly the right man for that job. DeFilippo has been the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons, and during that time, he has helped Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz evolve into one of the most dynamic playmakers at the position. The Giants will soon be looking for Manning’s replacement, and DeFilippo would have the opportunity to groom the team’s new quarterback of the future.
Beyond this responsibility, DeFilippo would also draw upon his experience as the Cleveland Browns’ offensive coordinator during the 2015 season to call effective plays. Taking full advantage of the talent provided by Beckham, Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram is imperative for any potential offensive coordinator of the Giants, and DeFilippo has the skills necessary to help the Giants’ offense reach its fullest potential.
The Giants have too many problems to solve with just the signing of a capable head coach and offensive coordinator. Still, regardless of who the team decides to go with at head coach, the team’s new offensive coordinator has a greater chance of immediately impacting the performance of the Giants’ team in 2018, and John DeFilippo should be the person who is given that opportunity.
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