How New York Giants start could be blessing in disguise

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Eli Manning (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 18: Eli Manning (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Could starting the season 0-4 actually be a blessing for the New York Giants?

After starting the season 0-4 it’s hard to find a silver lining for the New York Giants, a team many experts felt would return to the playoffs again and it’s easy to see why. The team sports a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, a returning elite defense, and of course one of the most talented wide receivers in the game over the past decade.

However, it’s clear that 2017 won’t be the year the Giants return to the playoffs and just a quarter into the season  Big Blue is already singing the blues. Well hold on Giants fans I may have some good news for you because this lost season could set up the G-Men for the next decade.

Are there many problems with this team? Of course there are but the inconvenient truth for Giants fans is that it’s time to move on from Eli Manning. The 36-year-old quarterback has looked old this season and the sad truth is that he’s not an elite quarterback. Is the offense line a big issue? Of course, but this is only magnified by Eli having the mobility of the Statue of Liberty.

With the current state of this team and a difficult schedule to finish off the season it’s time for the Giants to start prepping to find draft the heir to Eli Manning.

This could work out perfectly for the Giants who could finish with a top five draft pick if things continue to snowball down the stretch. Let’s face it Eli is 36 and the Giants will be lucky to get another two or three good years out of him. With arguably the best draft class in terms of quarterbacks New York could be like Green Bay and go from one Super Bowl winning franchise quarterback to another.

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This team has a lot of holes, but the chance to find the next franchise quarterback is too good to pass up. Unlike most teams where they are pressured to start their young quarterback immediately, the Giants would have an ideal situation where the quarterback they select can sit behind Manning for a year or two until they are ready.

Even if some of the top prospects are off the board, the Giants still could draft players such as UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, or Washington State’s Luke Falk, and more.

The Giants may not have a top three pick, but at this rate it’s easy to see them having a top ten draft pick. There’s such an abundance of quarterback’s in a draft class New York needs to take advantage of this opportunity to find Eli’s replacement. Sure, the Giants could draft an offensive lineman or hope to get Penn State’s Saquon Barkley to hopefully make an impact next season.  If New York goes this direction they could be a better team in 2018, but their long-term future would have been sacrificed in the process.

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You need a franchise quarterback to succeed in this league, and with Eli’s career coming to a close, the Giants would be foolish to not take advantage of the high draft pick they will probably have and not draft their next potential franchise quarterback.