The season is all but over for the New York Giants after being officially eliminated from playoff contention following a 17-0 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Nothing like closing out a rollercoaster season by being shutout at home by a mediocre team. The Giants were on a bit of a heater heading into the matchup, winning five of their last six games. But the offense stalled out and couldn’t manage to put any points on the board. The absence of Odell Beckham Jr. definitely didn’t help that either.
The Giants have two games remaining with nothing to really play for. Probably just build up some confidence of certain guys and head into the offseason with more of an outlook of what this team needs to work. Maybe start Lauletta and see if his horrendous game against the Redskins was just a case of jitters or if that’s exactly what he’s going to be. So let’s fast forward to the 2019 season and see what this team needs to improve on to be able to compete:
The Giants are basically a lock for a top 10 pick. Especially if they decide to throw in the towel for the next two games. With the top 10 pick you’d have to assume the Giants go quarterback to finally secure a solidified backup to play behind Eli for a year. Because one thing for sure, neither Kyle Lauletta or Alex Tanney are going to be the future starting quarterback for the New York Giants. A couple of guys come to mind in the draft Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and highly touted Justin Herbert from Oregon. It’s expected that Herbert is going to be a guaranteed top 5 pick in the draft so that could be off the board unless the Giants work out a move to trade up which is certainly out of the question.
The Giants can also go another route by exploring the free agent market. Names like Teddy Bridgewater and Tyrod Taylor come to mind. I know… not the best and most exhilarating names in the league but you have to start somewhere because Eli’s time is dwindling right in front of our eyes. Bridgewater would be my go to guy. Decent arm, great set of legs and can make plays when called upon. It would be a breath of fresh air having a quarterback under center who can give himself time to make a play instead of taking a sack because his legs won’t move quick enough for himself. Sign Teddy and wait until another quarterback heavy draft class to make your move for the next franchise guy.
The last month and a half outside of Sundays contest, this offense has been BOOMING. Eli has had time to make plays, Saquon has been doing godlike things on the field, Evan Engram has been improving and getting more involved week by week, Odell when healthy has been his typical Odell self. I mean the offense is good to go, outside of questionable decisions by Eli, the weapons are all here to be one of the best offenses in the league and the players seem to be buying into Pat Shurmurs coaching philosphy. I think the last month is just a preview of what we can see on a more consistent basis in 2019.
One thing that has been clear as day ever since the Giants traded away Damon “Snacks” Harrison is that the run defense has been horrendous. Sunday against the Titans they let up 215 yards on the ground. One of the main reasons they lost the game. 127 yards againt the loss to Philly. They couldn’t get a single stop it seemed like in the fourth quarter and the Eagles took advantage of that and used it to secure a much needed win against us.
The Giants need to find someone to mask the loss of Snacks. I know the Giants are trying to gather materials to build a championship team again but it sucks knowing that trading away Snacks hurt the Giants run defense as much as it did and resulted in two blatant losses in a stretch of the season where the Giants had a potential shot at making the playoffs. Be prepared for the Giants to address this need somewhere in the draft, more than likely in the first round if they don’t go for a quarterback.
This team isn’t as far off as people may say they are. They have shown flashes of being a really good football team. There is definitely positions on both sides of the ball that need to be addressed in the offseason and I have faith in the Giants doing so, especially with Odell being on this team. Nobody wants to win more than him and I can believe he has been very vocal about that to everyone in the organization. Is next year going to be the year? Not at all. We are going to tough out one more season with Eli before he rides into the sunset, we need to find a guy who can make plays for us to fill his shoes and we need a bit more help on the offensive line plus a run stopper. If the Giants make all the right moves, I truly believe we will see another Lombardi trophy in Metlife Stadium for the Giants in 3-5 years. That’s not me being cocky, that’s just me truly believing that this team isn’t as atrocious as people think.