The struggles of the New York Giants‘ passing game made it very difficult for the offense to develop any kind of rhythm this season. In the past, it’s been Eli Manning and the passing attack that have helped pick up a struggling running game or defense. This year, the script was flipped. Manning and the Giants rank 17th in the NFL in passing yards, which is not the kind of number a team with a two-time Super Bowl MVP for quarterback is expected to put up.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz said that Manning and the wide receiving corps lacked “continuity” and felt like there was a little bit of a “disconnect”. Well Victor, it probably didn’t help that you and Hakeem Nicks missed the voluntary OTAs in the offseason. Cruz missed the workouts because of contract negotiations, while Nicks’ absence was a bit of a mystery to the coaching staff.
So who is actually to blame for the passing struggles? Everyone. The biggest culprit is probably the offensive line, which failed to give Manning adequate time in the pocket in pretty much every game of the season. But, Manning himself deserves some of the blame too. He’s never been the most accurate passer, but this year has been a new low for the 10-year veteran. His completion percentage has dipped to 58.3 percent and he has thrown a career-high 26 interceptions.
It doesn’t stop there. The wide receivers deserve their fair share of blame as well. Cruz was the only one to show any level of consistency this year. Nicks is one game away from being shutout of the end zone for the entire season. Rueben Randle once again showed flashes of brilliance in some games, but also had long stretches where he was a ghost.
So there is really no one person to blame for this season’s failures. Everyone contributed and everyone deserves a finger pointed in their direction. The Giants will need to make some moves along the offense this season, and there are sure to be substantial changes.