It would not be breaking news to say that the New York Giants struggled mightily in 2013. Their 7-9 final record undoubtedly did not fulfill the team’s expectations going into the season. Several areas on the team need improvement in terms of personnel. Quarterback Eli Manning’s numbers looked bad, with 18 touchdowns and a league-high 27 interceptions.
The turnovers were not all his fault though, as veteran members of New York’s offensive line like David Diehl showed their age. Injuries also plagued this unit as backups were relied on for large stretches. Production at running back declined as David Wilson could not maintain possession, and Andre Brown missed most of the season.
Victor Cruz, manning’s sure-handed wideout, also did not look quite the same. Hakeem Nicks once again succumbed to health issues, shuffling in and out of action. Tight end Brandon Myers also failed to meet expectations. As a result, Big Blue’s signal caller often felt the need to take chances.
When the quarterback drops back, they must have pocket protection. Without it, opposing pass rushers will create pressure, which causes turnovers. It has always been part of the Manning’s game to make risky throws, but he is much better than his 69.4 season passer rating. Improving the talent up front should be GM Jerry Reese’s priority these next few months.
People calling for Manning to be replaced are rushing the process. It’s time for a succession plan — perhaps backup Ryan Nassib will step up, but his time has not arrived just yet.