The New York Giants have finished 9-7 for the second consecutive season, but this time, 9-7 wasn’t good enough to win the division or make it to the playoffs. The league was shaken up the day after the season ended when numerous head coaches and general managers were fired the day after season’s end.
The Giants certainly don’t plan on getting rid of Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese. However, failure to make it to the playoffs a year after winning the championship has many expecting noticeable changes. What do the Giants need to do in order to make the team better?
Both sides of the ball were inconsistent, but the defense was ranked near the bottom so it’s only right the Giants improve the defense. I do believe the Giants have skilled players on their defensive line and in their secondary. The secondary has been burned for many big plays but I do believe that area of the defense can improve with the players they have.
They are thin at the linebacker position, even though they do rotate LB Spencer Paysinger, LB Mark Herzlich and LB Keith Rivers. None of those guys have been too productive on the field, so the Giants should look to get someone who can fly to the football and make plays. They can find that in the draft since there aren’t going to be any noteworthy linebackers in free agency.
The most important thing that should be done to the defense is getting another defensive coordinator and firing Perry Fewell. Fewell doesn’t know how to work with what he has, choosing to go with extensive blitzes in the most inopportune times.
The San Francisco 49ers are a great example of a great defense who goes primarily with man coverage. They allow LB Aldon Smith, LB Ahmad Brooks and DE Justin Smith to rush the passer while the middle linebackers and secondary drop into coverage almost every single play. It works for the 49ers as they are second in points allowed this season defensively.
It is obvious the Giants have a front four that can rush the passer. It is also obvious the Giants have a secondary that has given up big plays time and time again. Whoever is running the defense should ensure that the corners have help over the top, instead of sending two rushers that turn out to be ineffective.
Kevin Gilbride should also go. Simply put, he has been riding the coattails of a good quarterback. Gilbride has not gotten any head coaching consideration because he just isn’t head coaching material. Gilbride is slowing up the offense when the Giants should be running 10 to 15 more plays offensively. The Giants don’t necessarily have to pass or run more, but they need to get to the line of scrimmage faster and be able to get off more plays.
Let’s see what changes will be made this off-season. I don’t think there should be any big changes. However, I do trust Reese.