New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka has done a bang-up job designing game plans this season and even a better job calling plays.
Kafka has managed to direct the Giants to the type of victories that have eluded them in years past, and has done it with a wafer-thin roster, especially at the wide receiver position.
One positive is the relationship between Kafka and quarterback Daniel Jones, who Kafka says has done everything the team has asked of him this season.
“Daniel is doing a great job,” Kafka told reporters on Wednesday. “He’s doing everything we’re asking him to do, and I think as the offense continues to progress and we keep on finding ways to get our best players the football, he’ll continue to do what we ask of him.”
Jones is an impending free agent this season after the Giants declined his fifth-year option this past spring. Kafka revealed that he and Jones have been working well together and are joined at the hip these days.
“There’s definitely a lot of trust between me and Daniel. We meet very often, especially in the offseason. During training camp, we were meeting every single morning for an hour talking through the installs, talking ranking stuff. We talk multiple times a week about the install,” he said. “At the end of the week, we go through every single play on the call sheet, rank it, talk about it, see how we’re going to use it within a game.
“If a game goes one way, we’ll go this direction. If a game goes the other way, we’ll go this direction. We definitely talk a lot about that. He does a great job with it, he’s a pro and he’s been around here for a few years now and has seen a few things. It’s been good to lean on him and get his comfort with the offense.”
The Giants aren’t setting the world afire statistically but have remained competitive and have won games late with fourth quarter rallies led by Jones on plays called and designed by Kafka.
The Giants are averaging 7.6 points in the fourth quarter, seventh in the NFL this year, but they need to score more points earlier in games. Kafka was asked if the Giants planned to take more downfield shots going forward.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I think you got to find ways to create explosive (plays) — it definitely helps offense. It’s hard to put together a 13, 14-play drive and finish and go on to score. You got to find a way to generate explosives in the run game, the pass game. We definitely evaluated that.”
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