Thursday, November 1, 2012
Gilbride: We can do better
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- At the halfway point of the regular season, the Giants are fourth in the NFL in yards per game (396.8), and third in points per game (29.3).
That doesn't leave a whole lot of room for improvement. But offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride isn't satisfied.
"You’re never content, you always want to get better," Gilbride said Thursday. "And I think we can get better, to be honest with you, in just about every area."
In particular, Gilbride referenced the running game. The Giants currently stand 12th in the league in rushing (114.6 yards per game) -- a big improvement over last year, when the team finished dead-last in the league (89.2).
But this year's number is skewed by Week 5, when the Giants racked up 243 rushing yards against the Browns.
"We’d like to be more consistent running the ball," Gilbride said.
Ahmad Bradshaw is on pace for the second 1,000-yard rushing season of his career, with 126 carries for 570 yards (4.5 yards per carry) at the midway point. But he is yet again playing through a foot injury, practicing one day per week of late.
That, according to Gilbride, could actually pay dividends when it comes to backup running backs Andre Brown and David Wilson.
"You get a lot of practice time for those other two guys," Gilbride said. "So it’s giving them some exposure that they might not normally have gotten in a practice week. And you hope that when the game comes, that if you have to use them an extensive amount that they’re able to handle it."
Brown has 46 carries for 236 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and five touchdowns, including a 113-yard game in Week 3 when Bradshaw sat out. Wilson, the team's first-round draft pick, has 17 carries for 88 yards (5.2 yards per carry) in limited action thus far.
"Certainly Andre is looking like he’s making the strides necessary," Gilbride said. "David’s coming along -- he’s still a little bit behind in some areas, but he’s improving. The more they expand their knowledge, the more confidence you have that you can depend on them."