What Do The Giants Need To Do To Make 2017 A Super Bowl Year?

Philadelphia Eagles v New York Giants

At the moment, the Giants are roughly middle of the NFL pack after three straight losing seasons, however the addition of a new head coach might just be the kick in the right direction that the Giants need.

Veteran coach Tom Coughlin will not be with the giants in “any capacity” this season according to an interview with Chris Russo and Mike Francesa on their Radio City Music Hall reunion show. It had been thought that the future hall of fame coach, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and five playoff seasons, would take some other role within the organization, however this does not seem to be the case.

New head coach Ben McAdoo, who was previously the team’s offensive coordinator, will be keen to end the team’s current losing streak so it will be interesting to see what changes and signings he makes.

Draft-wise the Giants have a No. 10 overall pick, but the question is – will the Giants go offense or defense? Realistically the Giants should be going defense, but a lot of mock drafts are suggesting that the team will pick an offensive tackle. But why? Well this is likely due to the team’s need to protect quarterback Eli Manning from taking a hit that he can’t bounce up from – the last thing the Giants need is to lose Manning to injury. However, since the Giants defense is far from perfect and the fact they haven’t dedicated a first-round draft pick to defense since 2011, it might make more sense for the Giants to focus on defense this year. True they could wait out till day 2, but will the team find themselves a game-changing defensive star at this point? It will really come down to how much the team wants to protect Manning.

One positive for the Giants is the return of wide receiver Victor Cruz who has been sidelined with a torn patellar tendon and calf surgery since week 6 of the 2014 season. Cruz, who reportedly still couldn’t run in February of this year, released a work out video of his progress so far. The only problem is that the video doesn’t really showcase how well Cruz can cut on his repaired knee after suffering an injury that has finished many careers before. Time will tell if Cruz can handle the game later this year.

This season will also be an international one for the Giants as the team will travel to the UK to face the LA Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London this October. This means that the team may just be recipients of the coveted NFL phenomenon known as the post-Wembley wave, where teams who travel to England to play have seen an upturn in their performance on return to the States. The Giants have been privy to this phenomenon before when the team played internationally back in 2007. Although they saw more losses after their international trip, it was this year that the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl. It will be interesting to see if Twickenham holds as much magic as Wembley does.

The Giants might not make it to the Super Bowl this year, but they can certainly lay down the foundations for Super Bowl 52. With the right push and signings they have every possibility of making this coming season’s playoffs. Who knows, it may even be a Super Bowl year!

Giants Re-Sign Veteran Long Snapper Zak DeOssie

Zak DeOssie

The Giants on Wednesday, re-signed veteran long snapper and team captain Zak DeOssie, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

DeOssie, who will turn 32 in May, has spent his entire career with the Giants. He and Eli Manning are the only remaining Giants who were members of the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams. DeOssie was a fourth-round pick out of Brown in 2007. The contract is for one year, according to The Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel.

DeOssie, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent, missed the final four games of the 2015 season after tearing tendons in his wrist. But prior to that injury, DeOssie had never missed a game, appearing in 149 consecutive contests over the regular season and postseason.

Former Lions GM Martin Mayhew Joins the Giants as Director of Football Operations

Martin Mayhew

The Giants today announced the hiring of Martin Mayhew as their director of football operations/special projects.

Mayhew, the Detroit Lions’ former general manager, will work closely with assistant general manager Kevin Abrams on all aspects of the salary cap, CBA compliance and player contract negotiations. He will also handle special projects as assigned by general manager Jerry Reese.

Mayhew spent 15 seasons with the Lions. He was the team’s general manager from late 2008 until last November.

Veteran LB Jon Beason Retires Following Release from Giants

Fresh off the heels of his release from the Giants earlier Wednesday, veteran linebacker Jon Beason has announced he is retiring after nine seasons in the NFL according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

The 31-year-old Beason was the 25th overall pick of the 2005 draft by the Panthers and spent the first six-and-a-half seasons of his career in Carolina before being traded to the Giants midway through the 2013 campaign.

He appeared in all 48 games from 2005-2007 before injuries tore his career apart. He has appeared in only nine games the past two seasons. Beason has battled numerous knee and foot issues and needed another knee surgery this offseason. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and one-time first-team All-Pro.

Video – Boomer and Carton: Ben McAdoo Named Giants Head Coach

Ben McAdoo

Boomer and Carton talk about the Giants elevating Ben McAdoo to the roll of head coach.

Tom Coughlin Walks Away as Head Coach of the Giants After 12 Seasons

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Tom Coughlin will not return as Giants head coach next season, James Kratch of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Coughlin coached the Giants for 12 seasons, leading them to the playoffs five times, including a pair of championship wins over the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI in 2007 and 2011.

But after the Giants won their second title under Coughlin, they never again made a playoff appearance under him, missing the playoffs for four consecutive seasons and finishing with a losing record in each of the last three years.

Coughlin finished his tenure with a 102-90 record after Sunday’s 35-30 loss to the Eagles at MetLife Stadium. The defeat completed a 6-10 campaign for the Giants, who went 7-9 in 2013 and 6-10 in 2014.

Coughlin ends with a overall career record of 170-150. He was also the first head coach of the expansion franchise Jacksonville Jaguars from 1995-2002, leading them to two AFC Central titles, two AFC wild card berths and two AFC title games.

Coughlin May Walk Away From Giants Head Coaching Spot on Monday

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Fan Celebration At Metlife Stadium

In 12 seasons with the Giants, Tom Coughlin has won two Super Bowls and three divisiion titles, reached the playoffs five times and posted a 102-89 record. However, the Giants last made the playoffs during his second Super Bowl season in 2011 and this year’s team is 6-9 and will post their third straight losing season.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, Coughlin may resign on Monday.

Appearing on “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd Garafolo said: “This is a different Tom Coughlin, and I think he’s ready to move away. A lot of people are talking as if it’s an inevitability that on Monday he is going to resign. I am hearing that from a lot of people.”

Coughlin was non-committal Thursday when asked if he wants to return as coach in 2016.

“Do I want to come back? I don’t know if that’s a great question right now,” Coughlin said.

Manning Throws Six TD’s, Giants Fall to Saints On Final Play 52-49

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints

The Giants and Saints played a game on Sunday at in New Orleans that resembled a video game, as Drew Brees and Eli Manning set an NFL record with 13 touchdown passes between the two.

Sadly for the Giants, a late penalty by punter Brad Wing opened the door for new Saints kicker Kai Forbath to kick a 50-yard field goal at the buzzer to send New Orleans to a 52-49 win.

The loss drops the Giants to 4-4 on the season, and wastes an incredible outing by Manning, who threw six touchdowns and ended the day going 30-for-41 for 350 yards.

New Orleans native Odell Beckham Jr. was Manning’s favorite weapon, pulling in three of his six touchdown passes.

”Their offense is always high-powered. I thought it might be a day where we were going to have to score some points,” Manning said.

”I didn’t know how many it would take. Obviously, the offense did some good things.”

With the game tied late at 49, the Saints forced the Giants to punt from their 25 with 20 seconds to go.

Marcus Murphy returned Brad Wing’s punt 24 yards across the 50 and fumbled, but Saints Willie Snead recovered the ball.

Wing may have been better served punting the ball out of bounds. Instead, he tried to make a tackle, but was flagged for a facemask.

That penalty set up the winning kick on Forbath’s first field goal attempt with New Orleans, which signed him before last week’s victory at Indianapolis. It was the fifth winning field goal for the former Redskins kicker and tied his career long.

The win also spoiled a great comeback from Manning and the Giants, as the G-Men trailed at one point 42-28, but he rallied them to back to even at 42.

The Giants took the lead 49-42 when Trumaine McBride recovered a fumble and returned it 63 yards for a score with 7:23 left to play.

Brees threw his 7th score with 41 seconds to play, hitting C.J. Spiller down the middle for a 9-yard score to get the game to 49 all.

The Giants couldn’t run out the clock, causing Wing to have to punt and then the mistake on the facemask allowing the Saints to kick the winning field goal.

The Giants will play at the Buccaneers next Sunday.

Giants at Saints NFL Week 8 Inactives

Giants inactives: LB Jon Beason, G Bobby Hart, DT Louis Nix, LB JT Thomas, WR Victor Cruz, DE Odighizuwa, CB Amukamara

Saints inactives: LB Dannell Ellerbe, LB David Hawthorne, DL Tavaris Barnes, DL Kaleb Eulls, DE Obum Gwacham, QB Garrett Grayson, OT Andrus Peat

Amukamara on JPP’s Hand – ‘I’ve Never Seen a Hand Like That’

New York Giants v New York Jets

During a break in Giants practice on Wednesday, Jason Pierre-Paul removed the white gloves he was wearing, which revealed the damage inflicted to his right hand by the July 4th fireworks nightmare, Gary Myers of the New York Daily News reports.

After all the rumors and speculation, his mangled hand was visible.

When asked if he looked, cornerback Prince Amukamara said, “Of course. If you hear something like that, you’re always trying to peek. You don’t want to say, “show me,” or anything like that. I definitely tried to peek. I just try to be nosey.”

“Just never seen anything like that,” he said. “I’ve never seen a hand like that before.”