New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who is facing offseason thumb surgery and a retirement decision, isn't looking to sugarcoat a wildly disappointing 7-9 campaign. Perhaps more importantly, he's not looking to place blame on any one individual either. And while appear on CBS Sports on Sunday, Diehl specifically noted injuries and shuffling along the offensive line as a consistency-breaker and a major reason as to why Big Blue struggled in 2013.
"The NFL is all about consistency. When you start the season off 0-6, it's hard to fight yourself and dig yourself out of a hole," Diehl told CBS Sports. "The combinations [along the] offensive line — I want to say that we had 30 different combinations going throughout this season — you just can't successfully have the season you want to have with those type of moves."
As we alluded to earlier this week, the Giants led the league in games missed by starters (91), with the offensive line accounting for 26 of those combined games. And although it wasn't quite 30 different offensive line combinations, it was somewhere in the mid-20's.
Ultimately, the Giants' biggest offseason concern — as most everyone is aware — is fixing the offensive line. Without doing that, it doesn't matter how good the quarterback, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs are.
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