New York Giants: Worst Offensive Line in League?
The New York Giants were supposed to be better than this.
Before the season, many analysts looking at the Giants saw a talented team with bright hopes. On defense, they had some potential studs upfront, a top-10 corner in Prince Amukamara and a good safety in Antrel Rolle. On offense, the team seemed even more talented. Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks highlighted a possible top offense. Throw in the talented David Wilson; the possibilities seemed endless. However, that thinking ignored the offensive line, which was aging in some places and inexperienced at others. Through four games, the O-line for the Giants seems to be the weak link that is pulling the team down.
There have been some injuries that hurt the Giants. David Diehl went down, Chris Snee has not been the same all year and missed the game last week. David Baas has been in and out as well. All three of those injuries have forced younger, less experienced players to have more time. Justin Pugh is young player who has gotten the most time. Pugh is a rookie starting at right tackle for Diehl. Pugh has done some nice things, but has also showed his rookie status as well, getting beat quickly and letting Manning get sacked a few times. The injuries are somewhat out of the Giants control, but with an aging line coming into the season, no one should be surprised about the missed games.
Other Giants players have just not performed as expected. Kevin Boothe was never thought to be a top talent. Against the Carolina Panthers, he was ripped apart. His run blocking has also been weak. Will Beatty has disappointed as well, getting beat multiple times in both Kansas City Chiefs game and the Panthers game. Those two have few excuses for their bad play, especially Beatty. Beatty was supposed to be a top player for the Giants going forward, but simply has not looked like it.
All of that has culminated in an offensive line that has let up more sacks than almost any other team and been unable to lead a running game. The Giants run game struggles have been mostly about their inability to block well. When passing, Manning has constantly been under pressure. Even when opposing teams do not blitz, he has been scrambling to get a throw off. The Chiefs only had two sacks, but caused a lot of pressure and also forced an intentional grounding and multiple holding calls. The Giants offensive line was once again beat, for the fourth time in a row. Unfortunately for the Giants, in the NFL your team often goes as your offensive line goes; and the Giants offensive line has spiraled downward.