With the Giants season wrapping up and the holiday season upon us, I am compiling my wish list for the New York Giants off-season. So with Jerry Reece playing the role of Santa Claus, I am asking for a six-pack this Christmas from the Giants organization; a six-pack of moves. Here we go:
1- You MUST retain Jon Beason. Since the Giants acquired the middle linebacker from the Carolina Panthers this has been a completely different defense.It is truly amazing what having a “quarterback” on the other side of the ball playing middle linebacker does for the entire unit and Beason has been just that. The Giants can not afford to lose him.
2- Protect Eli Manning. They must improve the play of the offensive line either through free agency or in the draft. The level of play the Giants have received from their blockers has been unacceptable. I do not blame them for the play of Manning, but they aren’t helping either. It can not be ignored that this unit has been decimated by injuries, but that is no excuse. This is the team’s most pressing need that must be filled from outside of the organization.
3- Improve the secondary. This team needs to find a solid corner back either via free agency or the draft as well. They simply do not get the job done on the outside in coverage. Prince Amukamara has played slightly better this season than last but he is not a number one corner in this league. I know elite corners are tough to come by, but with the defensive line not getting the pressure they used to, the outside guys need to step up.
4- Let Hakeem Nicks walk. I am a huge fan of Nicks but he is not producing on the field. Unless the Giants could sign him for next to nothing I wouldn’t bring him back into the fold. I have a feeling someone will take a risk and give Nicks a big offer this offseason with the hopes that this year was an aberration, but in my opinion the Giants would be foolish to to get into any type of bidding war for his services. Ruben Randle has played very well this year and I think he’s ready to take another step next year.
5- Get a new Tight End. The Giants are just not getting the production at the tight end position that Giants fans have become accustomed to in the past 10 years. The Giants have been solid at the tight end position consistently during the past decade going from Jeremy Shockey to Kevin Boss to Jake Ballard. Eli has shown that he likes to throw to his tight ends and use them basically as his safety net, and the team must bring in someone who can fill that role. I thought before this season that the signing of Brandon Myers was going to be an excellent addition, but it has turned out to be far from it.
6- Fire the coordinators. This team needs a coaching change, and I’m not talking about Tom Coughlin. I think the team should retain Coughlin but bring in new coordinators under him. I don’t think this team performed to it’s maximum potential this season on either side of the ball and that blame has to fall on the coaching staff. To be perfectly honest the only reason I give Coughlin a pass and would want new coaches under him is because I really like Tom Coughlin and I’ve never been a fan of either of these coordinators. I would like to see some fresh faces in those positions going into next season.
Feel free to tell me what your Giants holiday wish list would look like. Or feel free to tell me why my list is wrong. Happy Holidays all.