5 New York Giants Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014
5 New York Giants Who Shouldn't Be Back in 2014
The 2013 season for the New York Giants started out in the worst possible way, getting off to an 0-6 start. Eli Manning threw 15 interceptions in those six losses and finished with a league-high 27 interceptions, the highest single-season total since Brett Favre threw 29 in 2005.
However, the team's collapse can not all be blamed on Manning. The offensive line played poorly all year, and the running game was nonexistent with Andre Brown missing the first half of the season.
This offseason, the Giants will need to figure out a way to get Manning back to playing at an elite level. He clearly has the talent to be successful as evidenced by two Super Bowl titles with the team, but it's obvious that his confidence isn't there.
The Giants have already begun to retool the offense around Manning this offseason. Long-time offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been replaced by former Green Bay Packers quarterback coach Ben McAdoo. The Giants also figure to overhaul their offensive line and will have questions to answer regarding their running game, especially with David Wilson's health concerns and the contract status of Brown.
Clearly with a proven franchise quarterback like Manning, the Giants have a chance to have more success than they had in 2013. They have some younger pieces such as Rueben Randle and with a proven coach on the sidelines like Tom Coughlin, the team really only needs to make a few tweaks in order to get back into contention in a relatively weak division like the NFC East. Without further ado, here are 5 players that shouldn't be apart of a Giants team looking to improve in 2014.
Injury prone the last two seasons, Hakeem Nicks caught no touchdowns in 2013 and has clearly lost a step, compared to his production earlier in his career. With young guns such as Randle and Jerrel Jernigan stepping up late in the year, the Giants should move on from Nicks who will probably cost some team a lot of money for a player whose best days might be behind him.
Following a stint with the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Myers took a one-year deal with the Giants looking to play for a team that would have more success. Unfortunately for both the Giants and Myers, the 2013 season did not pan out the way either had hoped. Myers is just an average tight end in terms of both pass-catching and blocking ability and some team will probably sign him for a similar one-year contract to serve as a replacement-level talent at the tight end position.
An impending free agent, 33-year-old David Diehl started 161 games over the last 11 seasons for the Giants including the last two Super Bowl victories. However, Diehl was mostly relegated to the bench this past season behind Justin Pugh and will likely retire instead of play for another team after the Giants choose not to re-sign him.
As another long-time Giants offensive lineman, Chris Snee missed most of the 2013 season with an ailing hip injury. At age 32, Snee would represent a $11.75 million hit against the salary cap. The Giants can not afford to have such an aging player on their team and need to retool their offensive line anyways. Although Snee has been serviceable to the Giants over the years, it's clearly time to let him go.
With the emergence of Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley at the cornerback position, the Giants have little use for a player like Aaron Ross, who has been inconsistent in terms of his play over the years. He's also had a tendency of being injury prone, including being on injured reserve in 2013 with a back injury. The Giants clearly have better uses for their money than using it to re-sign Ross.