Hope for New York Giants QB and Team?

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Fans of the New York Giants have not had much to look forward to in regards to their teams success in the NFL. Ever since their Super Bowl win in 2011, the Giants have only made one playoff appearance in 2016. The team went 11-5 in the regular season and lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Wildcard Game 38-13. New York has only managed to win 22 games in the five seasons since that Wildcard loss to Green Bay. Their best season in that timespan being their 6 win season in 2020 under former head coach Joe Judge. I am personally a New York Giants fan and I can attest to the amount of disappointment I have experienced. There have been issues with the Giants QB, defense, and the coaching staff just to name a few. However, the Giants have made some major changes this offseason that have made fans hopeful for the future.

New Management

After the retirement of former GM Dave Gettleman and the firing of Joe Judge, fans were hoping for a new kind of management that could breath life back into the organization. I believe the hiring’s of Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll are exactly what this team needed. Both Schoen and Daboll come from a very successful Buffalo Bills team. Schoen having been their Assistant General Manager and Daboll being their Offensive Coordinator. Now with the Giants, Joe Schoen replaces Gettleman as the Giants GM and Daboll takes on the role of head coach. They will be able to make the necessary changes to bring the New York Giants back to their former glory.

2022 NFL Draft

Evan Neal and Kayvon Thibodeaux help the Giants NFL Draft Grade
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The first order of business is to execute a successful draft. This is so we can bring in young talented players that can make an immediate impact. The Giants had two top 10 draft picks as well as nine other picks. Their first pick was Kayvon Thibodeaux, edge rusher out of Oregon. A smart decision for a team that desperately needed help in the pass rushing game. Their next pick was Evan Neal, offensive tackle out of Alabama. O-line has been a major issue for the Giants for years now and it is a good thing that they addressed it. The Giants only had one pick in the 2nd round which they used on Kentucky wide receiver Wan’dale Robinson. Robinson is very similar to his teammate Kadarious Toney, small, fast receivers who will compliment each other well on the field. New York used their later draft picks to upgrade certain aspects of their roster like the O-line, their defensive line, and their secondary.

Roster Issues

Our offensive has been plagued by two things over the past couple years, injuries and terrible coaching. Obviously the biggest we have dealt with is running back Saquon Barkley, who hasn’t played a full season since 2018. The running back from Penn State seems ready to make a major comeback this season saying “I want to go out there and prove to this organization that the player they drafted is still there.” The wide receiver room has also been subject to a lot of injuries. Sterling Shepard has missed a good chunk of time with Kadarious Toney and Kenny Golladay also missing a few games themselves. Speaking of Golladay, he was very underused in his first year with the Giants. I really don’t think that 74 targets is enough for a receiver that is getting paid $18 million a year.

Danny Dimes

Every great football team must be led by a great quarterback. Someone who is a gifted thrower, can take command of the offense and can be a leader for his team. Unfortunately, Giants QB Daniel Jones has not been able to fully check off all those boxes. Last season he finished 29th in passing yards (2,428), 28th in passing touchdowns (10), and was tied for 3rd in interceptions (7). While this may look very gloomy, the bright side is that Brian Daboll may be the answer to the question that is Giants QB “Danny Dimes”. Daboll was the Bills’ offensive coordinator for the past fours with Josh Allen being their star quarterback. Both Allen and Jones have very similar play styles. Both players are able to escape defenders with their speed and can also throw the ball downfield. The only deference is Allen has had a better and more consistent coaching staff than Jones. This change in head coach may just be what Daniel Jones needs to make the Giants QB an elite QB.

2022 NFL Season

It is clear to see that this has been one of the better off-seasons for the New York Giants in recent history. A new GM, a new head coach, great draft picks and players coming back from injury all put together seems like a recipe for success. The Giants will be put to the test this season against a much improved NFC East division. Their main competition being the Philadelphia Eagles who made major additions to their defense and traded for A.J. Brown during the NFL Draft. This team is definitely headed in the right direction. This new management seems to know what they are doing and Giants fans should be very hopeful for what the future has in store.

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