The Giants 2014 season is in the books and there is an array of things to cover.
The Coaching Staff: It’s official…Tom Coughlin is back and that’s a good thing because we want and need Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo to return. Coughlin is a Hall of Fame coach that is respected by his players.
Steve Weatherford tweeted this:
The most amazing teacher, leader, coach, and man I have ever known. So thankful he is returning.
Ben McAdoo: McAdoo is vital for the success of quarterback Eli Manning. Make no mistake about it…Manning made major progress under McAdoo while operating this new offense. There were also flashes of brilliance with strategy and player personal moves. Ie: benching Randle. Year two should be fun to watch.
Perry Fewell: It’s hard to compete when you lose 11 players for the season; however, when pushed into a corner you would expect Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell to let the dogs loose and come out fighting…but that never happened. Fewell was constantly out coached. His defensive was completely blown out in 4 games this season giving up 140 total points to Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Seattle.
He rarely made noteworthy “in game” adjustments and his lack of creativity is evident. Sadly, All Pro Safety Antrel Rolle has all but disappeared in 2014 and it took 7 weeks to realize that Devon Kennard could play. Big Blue needs to find a coordinator that can put the “Giant” back in the “Giants”. See Steve Spagnuolo.
Special Teams: It has gone far enough…It’s Quinn’s time to go.
The Defense: The 2014 Giants defense was completely crippled with injuries. If you watched the final game of the season vs. the Eagles it confirmed the lack of talent on the field. There is no pass rush, no ball hawks, and no push from the front. Jameel McClain and Robert Ayers were the only bright spots. JPP is not an impact player any longer and “tweener” Linebacker Jacquian Williams can’t play, the experiment is over.
Enclosed the list of impact players that were lost to injury: LB Jon Beason(heart and soul), CB Prince Amukamara(was having a pro-browl year), CB Walter Thurmound, DE Robert Ayers, CB Trumaine McBride, LB Jacquian Williams, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, CB Bennett Jackson, S Cooper Taylor, LB Terrell Manning, CB Travis Howard
The Offense: Major improvements were made in 2014. It was slow to start; however, improvements included snapping the ball earlier, less delay of game penalties, rolling out of the pocket and throwing on the run. In almost every statistic Manning improved dramatically, showing he is still in the prime of his career year.
Tom Brady just reworked his contract(again) saving the team 24 million. The Giants and Eli need to get thier hands on the details and create a similar situation for Manning. Signing Rolle and JPP might be impossible with out it.
Rashad Jennings looked to be an impact back until he hurt his knee. His replacement, rookie Andre Williams showed flashes at times but finds himself running into the back of the guards due to the lack of patience and offensive line skills. These two backs can only improve moving forward. Hillis and Cox will most likely be released.
The future is bright for OBJ, Cruz, Randle, Parker, and Washington. A blocking Tight End is needed to compliment Donnell. Lastly…why did Jerry Reese get let go of Bear Pascoe or Martellus Bennett. Different players but huge holes to fill either way.
|2014||New York Giants||16||601||379||63.1||37.6||4,410||7.3||275.6||30||5.0||14||2.3||80T||52||10||28||187||92.1|
|With and without Offensive Coordinator Ben Mcadoo|
|2013||New York Giants||16||551||317||57.5||34.4||3,818||6.9||238.6||18||3.3||27||4.9||70T||54||7||39||281||69.4|
Odell Beckham Jr. should win the “2014 NFL Rookie of the Year” and if Victor Cruz comes back healthy by Halloween, this offense will truly be the most talented group this franchise has had. The question is… what to do the Giants do with the offensive line?
The current lineup of Beatty, Richburg, Walton, Jerry and Pugh can not run block. Its’ sad. Walton is over matched every game and almost never finishes off a block. If Richburg moves to center and Schwartz moves back to left guard, right guard should be a free agent priority.
Stay tuned for more Giants off season updates