Big Blue United

Three Step Plan To Fix Giants

The date is January 20, 2019 and the New York Giants are set to play in the NFC Championship Game. The resurgence of the Giants was due to a rookie of the year campaign by Saquon Barkley, the revival of Eli Manning, a rebuilt offensive line and the addition of another stud pass rusher. (Photo Credit: Noah K. Murray USA TODAY Sports)

Harrison Kaye – Big Blue United 1.21.18


This is what next season could look like for the Giants if they follow these three steps this offseason.

  1. Rebuild the offensive line: The offensive line has been a major issue for the Giants in the past few years. Former General Manager Jerry Reese refused to address it, something new General Manager Dave Gettleman can’t afford to do if he wants the Giants to get back to their glory days. Look for the Giants to sign some free agents, whether it is Carolina Panthers guard Andrew Norwell, whom Gettleman signed as an undrafted free agent, New England Patriots left tackle Nate Soldier, or resign guard Justin Pugh or center Weston Richburg. The Giants should also resign D.J. Fluker and move Ereck Flowers to right tackle. Flowers has proven that he isn’t the Giants answer at left tackle, so why not try the former first round pick at another position?

 

  1. Draft Saquon Barkley: The Giants are in an odd position. They have a franchise quarterback in Eli Manning, who can play for another year or two and 2017 third round pick quarterback Davis Webb. They also have the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Although it is thought that the Giants should draft Eli Manning’s successor with the second pick in the draft as either quarterback Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen will be available, that would be a huge mistake. Eli Manning proved this season that he can still perform at a high level. While the record didn’t show it, if you watched the games this year Eli can make all the throws necessary to win, he just needs an offensive line and a running game. We already talked about the offensive line, so let’s talk about the running game. Saquon Barkley is a can’t-miss prospect. Some scouts have said he is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. If you have the chance to draft a difference maker like Adrian Peterson, you take him and don’t think twice about it. Barkley is a three down running back and would alleviate the pressure on Eli Manning. Look at what Ezekiel Elliot has done for the Dallas Cowboys and what Leonard Fournette has done for the Jacksonville Jaguars. A good running back changes an offense and the Giants are in desperate need of that playmaker.

 

  1. Find another pass rusher: Whether it is through the draft or free agency or players already on the team such as defensive ends Avery Moss or Romeo Okwara, the Giants need to find their third pass rusher. When the Giants won their Super Bowls, they always had three pass rushers. The first time it was defensive ends Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyoria, and Justin Tuck. The second run it was defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyoria, and Justin Tuck. The Giants have two solid pass rushers right now in defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. They just need to find the third rusher. There are many talented players on defense and a new defensive coordinator could bring them together with an improved pass rush.