New York Giants: Building the franchise the proper way

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Running back Saquon Barkley (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 30: Running back Saquon Barkley (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants are building their team properly.

The New York Giants are building this team the right way from the inside out, and it seems a lot of people don’t appreciate the true art of patience and proper construction. Everyone craving for a shiny new young quarterback to sit on the bench for two maybe three more years weren’t truly thinking with their head. For example when building a sky scraper would you start with how the top roof looks or would reinforce the foundation five times to make sure the building can withstand the rough weather and erosion?

The Giants decided to build from the ground floor up; every indicator pointed to this from the free agent signings to removing high-priced players via cuts and trades. The draft was a great way to rebuild the Giants trenches with more youth; the Will Hernandez selection in the second round as a great example. The fixing of the defensive line with big bodies and a one of the two defensive tackles selected will be sliding to the end position to bolster the run stopping ability of the new 3-4 defense.

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Eli Manning may not be getting any younger but like the Saints, the Giants can begin to squeeze every last bit of Manning Magic he may have left. By turning the team over to a collection of young backs in Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman Jr. under the tutelage of the ultra talented but often injured Johnathan Stewart the Giants can extend Manning’s career by not having him throw 35 plus times per game. The truth is the added balance of young backs with an average to above average O-line will not only aid Manning but will give the Giants a chance to build depth on the O-line later on and have in place a team ready to usher in a young Quarterback to be groomed next year.

Lastly the Giants may not value Kyle Lauletta as much as everyone thinks, but his potential is there and often fans and writers who’ve never played always assume that the most pro-ready player is the best player. Coaching is a huge point, if your staff is designed to coach up the group of young players your bringing in you may be in good shape. If your don’t believe it look at the Patriots and reference two quarterbacks that fell out of the first round, sat behind Tom Brady and learned under Josh McDaniels and became valuable pieces for the 49ers and the Colts (Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett). The Giants are creating competition at every position this includes backup quarterback, you have to respect Dave Gettlemen he’s an old school kind of guy and he has his ways but he is not going to hand any job to anyone with making them work for it (except Aldrick Rosas; but that’ll change midsummer).

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The Giants are building their team like they are coming of a 3-13 year and that is the correct way to go about it; to pretend that they are a quarterback away would have been malpractice. Drafting one of these above average QB’s in this deep class would have been wrong and would have set the team back five years, as well as not finding a talented player to help in the present especially with a team whose biggest offensive weapon is coming of a broken an ankle and is a well know mental case. The Giants have grown significantly better this year and it had nothing to do with drafting Sam Darnold thank goodness.