The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, compiling a 7-9 record in 2013. It was only the second losing record under the leadership of Tom Coughlin as Giants head coach, who took command of the team in 2004. As the franchise’s leadership met the media after the final game of the season, one question was seemingly answered, while several other questions remained unanswered.
For the first time – at least publicly – a rift could be developing between the struggling, mistake-prone offense and a defense that has been asked time and time again to keep the team in games.
“If ppl on this team wanna take shots at me an say I have no passion they are mistaken. I give everything I have each an every week,” Brandon Myers tweeted.
To say that the New York Giants have had an inconsistent season is to be kind. In fact, at times, New York has performed downright poorly, as penalties and poor execution have plagued the G-men all year. Not surprisingly, these same themes reared their ugly head as Big Blue fell to the San Diego Chargers 37-14 on Sunday. Coupled with wins by the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers, the loss dropped New York out of playoff contention.
As the New York Football Giants head into the last quarter of their regular season, the team’s playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. Since the Giants are missing Jason Pierre-Paul again this week, New York will look toward the invigorated Justin Tuck to anchor the pass rush. Their opponent, the San Diego Chargers, are facing a couple of injuries that could affect their line-up.
The Giants are soldiering on with postseason hopes alive in December, having won five of six, while the Washington Redskins are officially going nowhere.
“I’m not (losing confidence),” the three-time Pro Bowler told Francesa. “You can’t get gun-shy as a quarterback. It didn’t affect me during the game … Most of it is just decision-making.”
It’s one thing to lose four straight games. It’s another thing to NOT HAVE WON a game. And it’s yet another thing when you consider that the Giants haven’t tasted any sort of victory since their preseason opener.
The Giants are 0-2. It’s not an inescapable hole. There may be many days ahead. But bad things don’t happen to good teams. The performance level must rise.
Studs like Graham and Gronkowski are in a league of their own, but the position offers solid players.
The free-agent signing of Brandon Myers has given the New York Giants their first legitimate pass-catching tight end since Kevin Boss. The emergence of second-year pro Adrien Robinson in camp seemingly has increased the number to two.
A year ago, the New York Giants failed miserably in their bid to get back to the Super Bowl and defend their title. This year, the Giants just want to stay home — and become the first NFL team to play the Super Bowl in their backyard.
The Giants own one pick in each of the seven rounds, plus a compensatory pick near the bottom of the seventh. Here’s a look at the Giants’ positional needs going into the NFL Draft.
The Giants have a glaring need at linebacker. Outside of getting the best available player — which could well be Alec Ogletree, anyway — that’s where the concentration of the first two days needs to be.
Cruz remained absent from the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program on Thursday. Reese had no idea if he’d see the Pro Bowl standout during the program, training camp or even into the season.