DENVER — The Giants unveiled a big change Sunday night, as offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan took over the play-calling duties from head coach Ben McAdoo against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
McAdoo has been under fire for the way this season has gone down the tubes, and this is his most dramatic move to date as far as altering his usual course of action. McAdoo called the plays for two seasons as the offensive coordinator working for Tom Coughlin and called the plays in 2016, McAdoo’s first year as an NFL head coach. McAdoo also called the plays for the first five games this season before ceding the job to Sullivan.
Anyone who knows McAdoo also knows how linked he is to his play-chart. Desperate times call for desperate actions, though, and the move was made. Sullivan, a longtime offensive assistant under Coughlin, has experience calling plays in the NFL for two years as the Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator. He made his Giants play-calling debut against the Broncos, who happen to have the league’s top-rated defense.
By giving up the play-calling, McAdoo no doubt wanted to give the offense a different voice and also get his head out from under the large play-chart in order to better manage the entire in-game operation.
Sullivan called the plays from the sideline.