Disappointing doesn’t even begin to describe how poorly this season went for the New York Giants. As the boys in blue gave up one fourth quarter lead after another, the Giants finished with a final 6-10 record in arguably the worst division in football, the NFC East.
Their struggles this season show that they have many questions to answer this offseason.
Here are three of the most pressing ones:
Tom Coughlin’s 12 year run with the Giants has come to a close and the Giants must select a new head coach.
Though Tom Coughlin has brought the Lombardi trophy to New York twice during his tenure, it seemed like the right time for a change. The Giants have not been to the postseason since their championship year in 2011 and have not posted a winning record since 2012.
The organization has to decide if they are going to stay in-house to fill this vacancy or go with an outside hire.
Possible options include Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo, Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, Jaguars’ Assistant Head Coach Doug Marrone, and Bears’ Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who have all interviewed with the team as well as a few other candidates.
The Giants were just horrendous this season defending the pass, as they let up an NFL high 4,783 passing yards to opposing offenses.
As far as cornerbacks go, the Giants have a solid 1-2 punch in Prince Amukamara and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but not much depth behind them. Amukamara missed a significant period of time due to a pec injury and there were times in the season where Jayron Hosley was out there as the top cornerback.
Add on the lack of talent from the safety position, the Giants have a lot of work to do to fix that secondary.
Landon Collins played well at times at free safety this year, as he led not only the team, but all rookies in tackles this season. He certainly looks like a promising prospect, but the Giants can’t actually expect him to anchor the secondary just yet. Craig Dahl and Cooper Taylor make up the rest of the safety position and you don’t need to be a football guru to know that something has to be done to bolster that position.
Possible moves the Giants can make this offseason include drafting a few defensive backs and aggressively try to sign a star safety.
Premiere names like Eric Weddle, (who the Giants were rumored to be interested in this season) and Eric Berry are upcoming free agents and could make a huge impact on the Giants’ lackluster secondary.
Upcoming free agents
The Giants also have some important decisions to make on some of their upcoming free agents. Out of the 19 impending free agents, the biggest names include Jason Pierre-Paul, Prince Amukamara, Cullen Jenkins and Robert Ayers Jr. .
The biggest decision of all may be what to do with DE Jason Pierre-Paul. It has been a rough season to say the very least, as he has been nationally ridiculed for the infamous fireworks incident and has had some trouble getting back to his old form after returning for the second half of the season.
With just one sack in eight games this year, the Giants’ front office has to decide if the sixth year veteran is deserving of a long term deal or even worth the franchise tag.
Besides JPP, Prince Amukamara is a player they must retain, as mentioned before, the Giants’ secondary needs all the help it can get. Linemen Cullen Jenkins and Robert Ayers Jr. have also been a big part of the defense, and if the Giants end up losing any of these players, they are going to have to figure out a way to replace them, either through the draft or free agency.
Though these are three very important issues facing the Giants have this offseason, there are still many more. As the stats showed this season, the Giants were not a very good team, and if they want to get back in the playoffs, they are going to have to make some changes.