The Giants recently sent out their year-end release, and in reading it I found very little that pleased me. Below is a list of of some of the tidbits they laid on us…
*All nine of the Giants’ losses were to teams that finished .500 or better, the first time that’s happened since their 5-11 season in 1995. The last NFL team with at least nine defeats, all against teams .500 or better, was the 2009 Chicago Bears, who also finished 7-9.
Fennelly: Amazing. The Giants did beat two playoff teams in Philadelphia and Green Bay, but neither opponent had their starting QBs (Nick Foles and Aaron Rodgers) in those contests. Their other wins were against Oakland, Minnesota, Detroit and Washington twice.
*The Giants committed an NFL-high 44 turnovers. It was their highest turnover total since 1983, when they had 58 turnovers. The Giants’ minus-15 turnover differential was their worst since they were minus-16, also in 1983. In 2012, the Giants’ had a differential of plus 14.
Fennelly: Eli committed 29 of those turnovers (27 INTs and two lost fumbles) and we can all debate about his poor decision making, but facts are facts. Bottom line is they couldn’t hold onto the football, and Tom Coughlin lost a lot of sleep this past fall.
*The Giants were the only NFL team with at least one turnover in all 16 games in 2013. It was the first season since 2007 in which the Giants had a turnover in all 16 games.
Fennelly: This stat isn’t very meaningful because the Giants won the Super Bowl in 2007. This year, it has a more significant meaning because of the overall amount of turnovers they committed.
*The Giants’ offense ranked 28th in the NFL in both yards per game (307.5) and points per game (18.4). The Giants scored 294 points, their lowest total in Tom Coughlin’s 10 seasons as head coach. They were shutout at Carolina and vs. Seattle, the first time since 1996 they did not score twice in the same season. The Giants scored more than 27 points just once, in their 36-31 opening night loss in Dallas.
Fennelly: For a team with a Manning at QB, this is intolerable and called for an overhaul in the offensive coaching ranks, which is exactly what ended up happening. Kevin Gilbride had overstayed his welcome and had to go. That’s the positive that can be taken away from this. The question still remaining is how they are going to fix it personnel-wise.
*The Giants were 29th in the NFL with 83.3 rushing yards a game, their lowest average since 1945, when they averaged 76.9 yards a game.
Fennelly: Disgraceful. Sorry, folks, but it is. They miscalculated badly here. They were counting on David Wilson and Andre Brown to lead the way and neither one came through. Both were injured for the better portion of the season. Wilson will no longer be asked to be a No. 1 and Brown, once again, did not play full season and will only be asked to be a complimentary player if re-signed.
*The third-place finish was the Giants’ second in a row.
Fennelly: Third place in a four-team division two years running is nothing to be proud of. Especially following a Super Bowl championship. Another third-place finish this year and expect more heads to be rolling down Paterson Plank Road…