The 2013 Giants did not have the offensive production that Giants fans had become accustomed to in past seasons. There’s many reasons that you can point to for the failures of that unit, but which position should the Giants prioritize this off-season to put themselves in the position to be a successful offensive football team next year?
The Offensive line was far from solid protecting Eli Manning this year. The Giants line allowed 40 sacks this year, double the amount allowed in the 2012 season, as well as letting their opponents to hit the QB 83 times, as opposed to only 53 times in the previous year. The Giants as a team also rushed for only 1,332 yards this year, which was 29th in the NFL and more than 500 yards less than 2012.
Which leads me to the next issue, the running game. The Giants running back corps was ravaged by injuries this year. Their leading rusher, Andre Brown, had only 492 yards and he was the only Giants back to have more than 250 yards this year. Simply put, that’s not acceptable at the NFL level. Yes, they lost starter David Wilson, who the team had high hopes for, early in the season, but he averaged only 3.3 yards per carry when he was healthy.
The Giants also had production dip in the passing game, failing to have a receiver catch for 1,00 yards this year, the first time since 2008 that no Giant has eclipsed 1,00 yards receiving. Hakeem Nicks failed to catch a single touchdown pass for the first time in his career. Eli Manning also had his lowest yardage output since 2008 and the fewest TD passes of any year except his rookie year when he started only 7 games.
The team also failed to get the production they expected from the tight end position. I, like many fans, thought that the addition of Brandon Myers in the off-season would be a big upgrade for the Giants but it did not turn out that way. Myers had only 522 yards, the least the Giants have gotten from their starting tight end since Kevin Boss managed only 384 in 2008.
So I pose this question to you all:
(all stats via the nfl.com network)