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!