To be an effective offense in the NFL, you need balance.For the New York Giants so far this season, they’ve been completely one-dimensional with no running game to speak of. The G-Men have the number one passing game in the NFL through the first two weeks of the regular season, but the league’s worst ground game. New York’s 0-2 start is a product of ten turnovers their defense being unable to stop the opponents running game.
The Giant not only hold the NFL’s most anemic rushing offense, but have had troubles will personnel at the running back position. Big Blue’s offensive line, which has been hurt by injuries to center David Baas and right tackle David Diehl, who missed the first two games of the season. Giants offensive lineman Kevin Boothe spoke with reporters about the line’s poor play.
“I think it’s one of those things where all five of us have to execute,” said Boothe. “It’s not like other positions where you can get an outstanding play by one player and it kind of masks the other things. We all have to work together in unison and all be successful in order for the ground game to work. For whatever reason, we haven’t been as successful, obviously through the first two games, but we’re a confident group and we saw a lot of good things out there. We’re confident that we will do better.”
Boothe, who had to play center the first game of the season because of Baas’ injury, moved back to his normal position at left guard with Baas back last week and he feels confident the offensive line will play well this week against the Carolina Panthers.
“You expect to do well and to perform at a high level, so that’s always our mindset,” noted Boothe. “Obviously it’s shocking to us when we don’t play well. You learn from it and you have practice and that’s what practice is for, to get better. We’re looking forward to Sunday.”
Boothe feels the Giants offensive line needs to help jumpstart the running game through more consistent play up front.
“It’s breakdowns here and there so we have to all be executing at the same time on a more consistent basis,” noted Boothe.”
For the Giants to win against the Panthers on Sunday, the offensive line must play better on consistent basis, because if they don’t the Giants losing ways will continue.