Big Blue Morning: Common problems

January, 28, 2014
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The New York Giants officially announced their 2014 offensive coaching staff Monday, making official the hiring of quarterbacks coach Danny Langsdorf and shuffling some of their holdover coaches into different roles under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo. The ultimate goal is of course to make the offense better than it was this past season (which shouldn't be hard), but some goings-on elsewhere in the division caught my attention while I was pondering the relatively peaceful way in which the Giants made their changes.

The Dallas Cowboys also are making changes to their coaching staff, and for the second offseason in a row the big issue is not scheme or concepts or leadership but rather determining who will call the plays on game day. A year ago, Jerry Jones took that responsibility from head coach Jason Garrett and gave it to offensive line coach Bill Callahan. Now, the team appears to be bringing in former Rams coach and former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, a Garrett friend, to take over the play calling. As Todd Archer writes, this is the Cowboys who are prone to drama in every aspect of their existence, and the politics involved in this decision are a continuation of that.

No team's fans like its offensive playcaller, I promise you this. But if you're a Giants fan watching what's going on in Dallas, at the very least, you have to be glad your team can at least figure out who it is without it becoming a whole huge thing every year.

In other news, Kieran found a couple of Seahawks angles Monday at Super Bowl media availability that at least come close to touching on the Giants:
  • Seattle pass-rusher Michael Bennett is the brother of Martellus Bennett, whom you may remember as a colorful character and a pretty good player during the one year he spent with the Giants in 2012. Michael appears to be those two things as well.
  • Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson was someone in whom the Giants had some interest this past year as a potential replacement for the injured Henry Hynoski, but they passed. Robinson's road to the Super Bowl was not an easy one.

I'm going to bundle up and head over to Newark for media day. Wave if you see me there. Will keep you posted on what I find.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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