DENVER -- New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo relinquished his play-calling duties this week so he could focus all his attention on helping his injury-battered team regroup.
The decision to have offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan handle the play-calling chores worked out just fine in the Giants? 23-10 upset of the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. It was New York?s first win in six games this season.
?I was able to give all of myself to the men in that locker room,? McAdoo said of turning over the play-calling to Sullivan. ?I thought the team and the whole locker room needed me this week. I needed to be at my best for these players and coaches.?
New York made a total of seven personnel changes in the starting lineup on both sides of the ball, primarily because of a slew of injuries, which included the loss of four wide receivers.
McAdoo said dealing with the team?s mindset in the face of all the injuries and managing the personnel changes required his full attention, leading him to ask Sullivan to take over the play-calling. He hasn?t decided whether to make the change permanent, however.
Quarterback Eli Manning said he already had a degree of familiarity with Sullivan?s play-calling style, so the transition went smoothly.
?It?s not different for me,? Manning said. ?I?m used to hearing Coach Sullivan in my ear. He calls plays all the time in practice. ...
?I talked to him and we had conversations earlier in the week and knew we were going to have to grind it out a bit with the run. We knew it wasn?t going to be totally pretty, but we had some good opportunities, and the guys made some nice plays and we had some nice adjustments.?