What are the New York Giants to do about their tumultuous team? Here’s a hint: they need to clean the house. If Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch don’t see a problem with the way their organization is being run, the losing seasons are going to continue to happen. Dave Gettleman was hired as the Giants General Manager in December 2017. In three seasons, he has a 19-41 record. The apple doesn’t seem to fall too far from the tree because head coach Joe Judge doesn’t seem to be much better. The Giants fans gave him a pass last season for going 6-10.
However, as expected this year the fan base wanted something different. As a girl who grew up watching the Giants and seeing them win two SuperBowls, I myself can’t even begin to fathom what happened to the team I enjoyed watching. This year, Judge just might be on the hot seat as his Giants sit comfortably in last place in the division with a 4-8 record. Emphasis on comfortable because if it weren’t true, they might have tried to do something to turn their season around when it still mattered.
#1: Missing the Playoffs
This team has missed the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. The last time they made the playoffs was during their 2016-17 season. However, they were one and done after taking a 36-13 beating from Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field. Their receivers were ill-prepared too. They went on a trip to Miami to party with rapper Trey Songz on a yacht. After taking a photo and posting it on Instagram, it was almost as if it cursed the team. The Giants had very little success following that picture and it’s something that haunts the minds of their fans ‘til this day.
#2: No Luck on Coaches
Besides that though, the Giants just have not had any recent luck in terms of coaches. They recently fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett but not much has changed since his departure. Although they did beat the Philadelphia Eagles in the first game without him calling the plays, their offense quickly went back to the way they looked before he left – maybe even worse. On Sunday, the Giants faced the Miami Dolphins, who were only a game ahead of them in the win column. Still, their offense run by Freddie Kitchens was non-existent.
The team only scored a total of 9 points, all of which came from kicking three field goals. In fact, the Giants are ranked last in the NFL in terms of redzone percentage. Their percentage in the opponent’s territory is a slim 41.94%. Besides a new head coach, they also need a new offensive coordinator to try to figure that debacle out. Kitchens doesn’t appear to be the guy for that position long-term. It’s a decline from last season as their redzone percentage ranked 31 in 2020, just above the New York Jets. In that category, they’ve just gone from bad to worse.
#3: The Roster Needs Changing
One thing about the whole situation that people tend to overlook is the fact that the rebuild doesn’t just begin from getting rid of front office staff and coaching, but there are lots of players who are no longer viable to their roster and are taking up a lot of cap space. The Giants picked up tight end Evan Engram’s 5th year, but he is headed into the last year of his contract and is not likely to get re-signed. He hasn’t lived up to his potential and in 2020 alone, he was involved in 7 turnovers – including 6 of Daniel Jones’ 9 interceptions. Sterling Shepard should also be on his way out of the door.
He is a great receiver when healthy, but over the years he’s become too injury-prone. If it isn’t the concussions, it’s his hamstring. Defensive Tackle Leonard Williams was signed this past offseason to a 3 year $63 million dollar contract. As of right now, he only has 5.5 sacks while he recorded 11.5 last season. Time will tell if he was overpaid. Finally, household name – running back Saquon Barkley will probably be traded soon. John Mara said before the season started that his contract extension will depend on his performance this season.
If that’s the case, it doesn’t look likely to be coming at all. Barkley has only played a total of eight games this season after being stricken with a low-ankle sprain against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5. It’s clear that the New York Giants have a lot of issues to address (that should’ve been addressed) this offseason. Perhaps soon enough, they can put a product back on the field that fans enjoy watching.
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