2014 NFL Season Preview- New York Giants
The 2013 season was a forgettable one for the New York Giants. The team won seven of their final 10 games, but it didn't make fans forget about the 0-6 start to the year. This marked their worst start to a season in almost 40 years.
Among the many problems, was the teams ineptitude to not bring depth to the offensive line. Center David Bass and guards David Diehl and Chris Snee were plagued with injuries the season before, and the only help the line got was Rookie tackle Justin Pugh. Pugh proved to be a versatile lineman, but the rest of the line battled injuries as the season went on.
Quarterback Eli Manning had his worst season since his rookie year. He threw a career high 27 interceptions and threw eight fewer touchdowns than the previous year, and was sacked 39 times. His wide receivers weren't much help either. Victor Cruz wasn't the red zone threat he was in previous seasons and Hakeem Nicks didn't record a touchdown catch all year.
The running game was also plagued by injuries which led them to sign running backs as the season went on. The team had their worst rushing yards per game average in almost 70 years.
Free safety Antrel Rolle was the teams only pro bowler. Rolle recorded six interceptions and had two sacks on the year.
Giants 2014 Rankings
Opponent Passing yds
Opponent Rushing yds
NFL Rank- 19th
NFL Rank- 29th
NFL Rank- 10th
NFL Rank- 19th
NFL Rank- 28th
NFL Rank- 8th
The bad season from a team three years remained from a Super Bowl victory would bring on many new changes. Especially on the offensive side of the ball.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride retired at the end of the 2013. Gilbride engineered an offense that won the team two Super Bowls in five years. The team replaced him with former quarterbacks coach for the Green Bay Packers, Ben McAdoo.
Notable additions- RB Rashad Jennings, DE Robert Ayer, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Notable departures- THE Branden Myers, DE Justin Tuck, WR Hakeem Nicks, CB Corey Webster
Antrel Rolle Highlights
2014 NFL Draft
With the 12th overall pick in the draft, the Giants could begin to fill team voids with high prospect talent. Primarily at all positions on the offensive line.
Guard David Diehl retired at the end of the 2013 season and Chris Snee might call it quits after this year. The team needs strong pulling guards to reestablish the running game. Center David Bass has been hurt the past two seasons and takes up a lot of cap room. Tackle Justin Pugh proved he can play any position on the line, but with William Beatty breaking his leg last season, There's no one that can play opposite Pugh.
The team ended up selecting LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with the 12th overall pick. Beckham was seen as the fastest receiver coming into the league. Most people were concerned because he didn't have the best hands and dropped many balls in college. It was a shock the Giants selected Beckham for many reasons. First of all, Beckham was considered a second round prospect and the team already had a depth receiving corps. Secondly, there were higher rated receivers available at pick 12 in USC's Marquise Lee and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin. And finally, the team could have got a top tier offensive linemen
The team also selected most notability Boston College running back Andre Williams in the fourth round. Williams rushed for over 2,000 in his final year in college and was considered the best blocking back coming into the draft. The big issue with him was that he has slow acceleration and takes time to build up speed.
Odell Beckham Jr. Highlights
What to Expect
Expect a lot of what occurred in 2013 to occur again this year. The team did little to address their offensive line problems in free agency or the draft. The drafted Colorado State center Weston Richburg in the second round, but his skill set doesn't fit the Giant's offense. Without a healthy offensive line, and Eli Manning lack of mobility, he will continue to be sacked in high numbers and be forcing passes to avoid sacks.
The addition of running backs Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams will bring a spark to the running game to help David Wilson. They will look to establish a three headed monster running game like they had in 2008 with Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw.
With the additions of Robert Ayers and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the defense will be much improved. The team will miss Justin Tuck and Corey Webster. But Ayers and Rodgers-Cromartie will fill the voids easily. Tuck and Webster are on the wrong side of 30 and the teams new defensive additions will bring life back to the defense.
If head coach Tom Coughlin wasn't on the hot seat before, he is now. The two-time Super Bowl winning coach has failed to make the Giants a consistent football team year in and year out and it may ultimately cost him his job. The team has struggled in the past giving up huge leads in games and become a different team mid way through seasons. The team will have to do something drastic to make an impact this year
Best record they can hope for- 7-9