Where do the Giants go from here?
The countdown to the Giants off season began after their loss to the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night. Now as we prepare for 2014, we see where we are, and the personnel they’ll need so they have a better team.
Of course the 2013 season isn’t technically over. There are still 5 games to play, but let’s be honest. Would you want a team that started 0-6 to have won all their games to come back and win the division? Me, as much as I love my team and will bleed the blue white red, wouldn’t want that. This is one of the most successful franchises in the league with one of the most loyal fans. They nor we should have ever gone through the turbulent up and down season that 2013 has brought upon themselves.
With Sunday’s game, with their season on the line, 2/3rds of the team showed up. That seems to have been the resolve for most of this year. The defense, save for the last drive, held up it’s end. Sacks were created. They forced a turnover and stripped the ball out a couple of times. Special teams I thought had the best game of the season. Steve Weatherford in my opinion was the player of the game for the Giants. Offensively though, the Giants just never got it going. Andre Brown had a hell of a game. He ran hard and through tackles. Jacobs had some very good runs as well. But they were the only members of the offense who played well.
I gotta put that on Eli and Kevin Gilbride. They seemed frantic to get the plays in. There wasn’t any significant stats from Manning. He has not had that same 4th quarter magic that he’s had in years past. After the first score of the game off of a strip on Victor Cruz, the passing game was not in sync.
I think that for the Giants to be contenders for next season, they’re going to have to draft more offensive lineman so that they can develop and give Eli more time in the pocket. Preferably a center and right guard. If you recall, Chris Snee, veteran guard, is out for the season injuries. David Baas has been hurt all year, and wasn’t really that good in the first place.
Defensively they’ve improved steadily but they’re not that attacking defense that they were when they won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011. Whether by scheme or by design, they’re not playing with the same ferocity the way they once were, and don’t seem to have that same intensity as in years past. They could use more help in the secondary, and maybe draft another defensive end.
It’s been a disappointment season to say the least especially in the start of the season. If they want to contend for next season, Giants definitely have to make drastic changes to the roster in order to be competitive.