10 suggestions on how to turn the Giants around

Andy Furman, our colleague over at Ultimate NYG, has been overtly critical of the way the Giants have constructed this year’s roster. Below he provides us his recommendations to “fix” the Giants, followed by my comments…

1) Get a new Offensive Coordinator
Fennelly: No question. The ship has run aground here. People will tell you that Eli and Gilbride go hand-in-hand, but that is no longer the case. The playcalling is unimaginative and stale, and the relationship isn’t working any longer. Time for a change.

2) Get a new Specials Teams Coach
Fennelly: I like Tom Quinn, but too many embarrassing moments have occurred under his watch. He is a guy who I can defend, however, because the team has neglected the specials when formulating the roster. Just think about this season when they reduced David Wilson’s return chances and also cut Kyle Bosworth on him.


3) Get a new Strength and Conditioning Coach
Fennelly: Not sure this is needed. The Giants have a state-of-the-art facility at QDTC and a team of trainers and doctors in-house. Maybe a more extensive regimen can be introduced, but I think they are doing all they can in this area.

4) Draft Auburn LT Greg Robinson (in Round 1) if he declares in 2014.  Move Beatty over to Guard and get a paycut.  Move Boothe to Center.
Fennelly: I don’t see Beatty moving to guard. He’s a tackle, but not a left tackle. He should be moved to RT and Justin Pugh moved to another position. It’s early enough in his career to move him either inside or to center.

5) Draft another Guard (like they did in 2004 with Snee) in Round 2. 10 YEAR ROAD GRADER PLEASE.
Fennelly: I agree. The talent needs to be upgraded and the early rounds of the draft is the best place to find top offensive lineman.

6) Start getting Damontre Moore snaps NOW in 2013.
Fennelly: Something’s missing here. This should have been done a while ago but Coughlin continues to dance around the subject. Perhaps Moore, who only turned 21 this past September, is still dealing with life as a pro.

7) Part ways with Nicks, Diehl, Snee, Webster, Kiwanuka, and Baas.
Fennelly: Nicks will be allowed to test the UFA market. It’s possible he comes back much cheaper than anticipated, but don’t count on it. Snee may be forced to retire with both hips hurting him now. Webster’s contract is up. He’s pretty much gone as it is. Diehl is still useful and the team may re-sign him to a one-year, veteran deal. Kiwi and Baas may be tough to dump right now because they both have two years left on their deals. If the Giants want to bite the bullet on them, they should. That is, if it’s not too costly.

8) If you want to re-sign Tuck, do NOT give him a contract longer than 3 years, or if so, just make sure it is economical after he invariably gets hurt in 2014.
Fennelly: Agree. Tuck has played well this season and that warrants an offer. Just don’t overpay.

9) Re-sign Linval Joseph.
Fennelly: Joseph has been steady this season and has developed into a pretty good player. Again, don’t overpay.

10) Medically evaluate if JPP can regain his form from 2011 and the first half of 2012.
Fennelly: I think this has been done already but the Giants are still digesting the results and are afraid of making them public. We’ve already told you not to expect great things from JPP going forward. The back surgery he underwent is practically a career-ender for a lineman. He broke into this league with very little football under his belt and got by on his amazing physical ability the first few years. Now that that ability has been reduced greatly by the surgery, he is very ordinary and needs to rely more on skill and experience that he does not possess.




12 comments
gmet4230
gmet4230

Baas has 2 years, 9.5mm left on his contract. $0 guaranteed.  CUT. HIM.

js43
js43

Resse has to bear some of the responsibility!!!!...A lot of his picks have been reaches... 

js43
js43

Without question... It is time to replace Coughlin and the rest of the coaching staff...When you lead the league with 36 turnover and  delay of the game penalties...that only means one thing...horrendous coaching...In addition, I have never seen a defensive backfield so confused with their coverage responsibilities...Fewell really has to go....TOM BOW OUT GRACEFULLY....   

Goorru®Mets
Goorru®Mets

Get rid of Jerry Reese and Wil Beatty.   

psinap1
psinap1

Two words for the remainder of the year: Ryan Nassib. I'm not done with Eli - yet. But what if he lights things up? Could add a 3rd rounder to the mix this year. At the very least, the team can evaluate him. I don't think it's possible he could turn the ball over more than Eli.

billysuede
billysuede

This season is being set up perfectly for a nicks/panthers future. Hometown discount + lower market value + obvious need = nicks is gone.

The rest can walk too.

Gilbride definitely has to go. Fewell is a coin toss for me.

Reese has to rethink bis Draft strategy. Stop over honking it and grab the best player on the board who fits a need either now or the year to follow.

joeknix
joeknix

Honestly, nobody in the organization can advocate losing the next 3 games openly but nobody can fault them for putting in the youngsters from the last two drafts like Moore, Taylor, Hankins, Herman, Hosley, Robinson, Mosley, McCants, and Kuhn.  I know some of these guys have been hampered by injuries but I'd like to at least evaluate any of them that can put the pads on.  Also, is it me or does it seem Louis Murphy Jr. never runs routes correctly . . . and Ruben Randle is responsible for more tip up in the air interceptions than all other Giants combined.  Sorry, I really am not making excuses but it seems silly how often this occurs.


As for needs, please get Gilbride out of here.  ASAP . . . and tell Jerry to draft based on NEED all the way through the draft this time.



Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@js43 Agreed.  It may be time to draft based more on what holes need to be filled, and not just grabbing who they think is "the best player available" regardless of position.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@psinap1 Never going to happen.  Love him or hate him, Eli is the franchise QB.  Eli is here until he retires.


Now, if they get completely man-handled by Seattle through 3 quarters, then yeah, give Nassib some time.  But considering he hasn't even dressed for any game this season, I can't imagine him being game ready.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@joeknix I agree 100%C on getting rid of Gilbride.  It's not that his play calling is bad, as they've had success in the past running his offense.  It's just become stale.  I sit in the stand and at home, and I can tell what plays they're going to run, just by the formation they're in.  If I can figure it out from home, imagine what opposing D Coordinators can figure out when they're watching hours and hours of game tapes and are paid high sums of money to figure it out?


There are a lot of serviceable parts on this team offensively.  Eli, Cruz, Brown, Pugh, Myers, Deihl, Boothe, Beatty (as a RT) are all pieces this team needs going forward.  With Cruz in the slot I thin kRandle can be a serviceable #3 WR if they get another big bodied WR to be the #1.  Is it Nicks?  I don't know.  I think it could be, but who knows if this season was just an off year, or this is what Nicks is now.



joeknix
joeknix

@Michael Frias @joeknix It will be interesting to see what Nicks gets in the open market.  I'm afraid he'll take a discount to go back to NC and play for the Panthers, we'll see.  However, if the Giants won't invest in bringing Nicks back then what can they get for what they have allocated for his replacement, not sure.  I think everyone is in agreement that Cruz and Randle will not be enough depth at WR since the drop off is pretty sharp after that point.


As for the points regarding LT . . . I sure hope they can get a top LT in round one . . . and we've got to invest a pick on another center . . . I'm fine with giving Pugh/Boothe a shot at center AND getting a pay cut from Beatty (and move him on the line), however, I certainly do not want to risk another season of hoping Bass can fill that center spot again.  It is safe to say that was a big fail.  It wouldn't hurt my feeling at all if the Giants spent 3 of their first 5 picks on offensive line in the draft.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@joeknix @Michael Frias Agreed.  There should seriously be no pick used on a skill position, unless a projected 1st round WR drops hard into the 3rd round.  All picks should be use to add depth to the Lines and Linebacking corp.