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New York Giants Among Six Teams Who May Have Reversed Fortunes with Strong Offseason

May 26th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Immediately following a disappointing 7-9 season, co-owner John Mara and General Manager Jerry Reese promised dramatic change. And as the 2014 season got underway, they wasted no time in living up to that promise, changing their offensive coordinator, shuffling their offensive coaching staff, adding 40+ contracts to their 2014 payroll and, ultimately, drafting high-character team leaders in the 2014 NFL Draft.

That intense offseason shift is why Mark Eckel of The Star-Ledger believes the Giants are one of six teams who may have reversed their fortunes heading into the 2014 regular season.

If you’ve paid attention to the Giants at all under head coach Tom Coughlin, whenever his team is written off, it bounces back with a good season.

The organization decided the biggest problem with the offense was the way it was coordinated, so they gladly accepted Kevin Gilbride’s “retirement” and hired Ben McAdoo from Green Bay to bring the Packers’ system east. He wasn’t allowed to bring Aaron Rodgers with him, however.

So it will still be Eli Manning under center but with a new-look offensive line, new running backs in free agent Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams, a new receiving threat in first-round pick Odell Beckham and an old receiving threat in free-agent Mario Manningham.

Continuity will certainly be key for the Giants if they wish to turnaround a 7-9 season from a year ago, and that got off to a rocky start following Eli Manning's ankle surgery. But the franchise quarterback appears to be making a rapid turnaround, while the lack of a rookie mini-camp — which many thought was a negative at first — may actually turn out to help the Giants.

But like many offseason prediction, projections and grades, this is all merely speculation until Big Blue gets onto the field.


Tags: Aaron Rodgers, Andre Williams, Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning, Football, Jerry Reese, John Mara, Kevin Gilbride, Mario Manningham, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Rashad Jennings, Tom Coughlin

10 Responses to “New York Giants Among Six Teams Who May Have Reversed Fortunes with Strong Offseason”

  1.  kujo says:

    It’s all about winning in the trenches. The front 5 of the office, and the front 7 of the defense.

    That’s life in the NFL. Is now, and forever shall be. Amen.

    We made upgrades to BOTH areas this offseason. Of the two, I feel much more excited about the offensive line, if for no other reason than the fact that we’ve got some straight up asskickers now. On defense, there’s a lot of “what if’s” mainly surrounding JPP and D-Monster. If both those guys blow up this season, we will win the NFC East. If not…

    Still, in my mind, the 2013 Giants sucked because of the OL. At the very least, that won’t be the culprit for the 2014 Giants.

    •  kujo says:

      *The Front Five of the OFFENSE

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Almost +1

        I don’t think there is nearly as much uncertainty about the defensive front (I include the improvement at linebacker….Beason from the start of the season and McClain plus the addition of Kennard) as most insist.

        JPP doesn’t have to play like 2011 to be excellent. He just has to play at least as well as Tuck did last season (which should be easy for him) in order to help free up Kiwi, Ayres, and Moore. And Moore doesn’t have to be great. He just has to step his game up at the rate that a second-year defensive end with real talent would be expected to achieve. I don’t think these are particularly high hurdles.

        There are questions afoot, but it isn’t necessary to assume that none of the potential good things will happen. People are always trapped in the mindset of projecting from the past. After watching this team for the past two seasons most fans, understandably, are in a “prove it” mode. It’s safer to assume the worst and hope for better. I get it. But the changes this year are wholesale, and there’s plenty of reasons for optimism. In an effort to be “realistic” and not get stuck with the dreaded label of optimist way too many are unwilling to see that this team is, indeed, MUCH better than what was fielded the past few years, not just in talent, but in coaching, in approach, and in personality.

        They may not win a championship in 2014, but they are not one of the teams whose fans are just being ridiculous if they dream about it.

  2.  GIANTT says:

    “He wasnt allowed to bring Aaron Rodgers with him ”
    Well , I for one am glad that Eli is going to get to run a new offense and show what he can do . I think he will THRIVE in an atmosphere that limits the players options but gives HIM more options to go to .
    As far as today goes , I am off to march in our Memorial Day Parade with my Boy Scout troop and then we will congregate at the home of our oldest troop participant at 99 he insists on providing a barbeque for the boys after we march . There are generations of ex boy scouts who remember Smart Dogs .
    So please , however you spend the day please take a minute to remember those vets who fought and gave their lives for their country , OUR country (even though Im an immigrant )

  3.  Krow says:

    One of the big question marks this season is LOT. There’s a plan there … we’re not privy to it yet … but there’s a plan. My guess is that Beatty … despite all the talk and bluster … isn’t going to be 100% by camp. Then we’ll see who lines up in that spot. The season could make-or-break depending on how it goes.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      It’s a concern, but unlike last season, I think there’s enough talent around now that a solution that gets them at least average quality at that position is available. And plenty of teams do okay with just “average” left tackles if their offensive scheme adapts to that.

      I have ZERO confidence in Beatty, and I’m confident the powers-that-be on the Giants are smarter football minds than mine so also having seen his play in 2013 have at least a few plans for how to cover the need. I assume Beatty will be given a chance, but I have no doubt Coughlin and Flaherty have made it clear to him that the job isn’t his for the taking. I’m anxious to see who they put at LOT early in camp. I suspect at least 2-3 players other than Beatty will get work there.

  4.  Krow says:

    It’s funny how the NFL is ruled by the Survivor Fallacy. Every year someone wins the Superbowl … and their way of playing … of doing business … is anointed as the single version of the truth. Teams line up to copy them. Endless articles are written about how smart and clever they are. But to me they’re the 100 year old guy from Russia who smokes cigars and drinks vodka every day. There’s no magic … he just got lucky and beat the odds.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Why should the NFL be different from other endeavors? Money Managers who got lucky for a long enough period make insane fortunes because investors pay no attention to the Survivor Fallacy. Military leaders become legendary because they were correct about Grand Strategy once (and all the times they were wrong get swept under the rug). Pundits make good livings because they called a few political races in a row correctly (before they started calling them wrong because their luck ran out).

      I think when it comes to the NFL one of the more interesting fallacies that are around right now is the “Running Backs Are Easy to Find Anywhere” Fallacy. I predicted, accurately as it turns out (so I should now be deemed an expert), that running backs would be steals in this draft because there were a lot of very good ones and the NFL now undervalues them. When guys like Hyde and Williams go as late as they did it is because the GMs in the league have convinced themselves that recent experience indicates that their value is low. Just like for years they convinced themselves that corners are worth gold but safeties don’t matter.

      Rationality just doesn’t rule us. Doesn’t matter which field.

      •  Krow says:

        It seems to go in cycles. Not long ago LBs and OGs were “steals” because the NFL intelligentsia deemed those positions fungible. I think the success of the Seahawks, R-Words, and Whiners may do the same to QBs.

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