2016 NFL Preview: New York Giants

Day three of the 2016 NFL preview continues with a look at a team that is undergoing a huge re-build this season. The Giants ran long-time head coach Tom Coughlin out of town this last off-season and handed the job over to one of his proteges. Now it’s Ben McAdoo’s job to get “Big Blue” back into the playoffs.

Can the new head coach accomplish that very feat?

How is Eli Manning going to handle the pressure of being the ONLY Manning brother in the NFL?

Will all the new high profile free agents pay off for the defense?

Let’s find out!

 

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New York Giants

The Stats:

Record Last Ten Seasons: 6-10 (2015), 6-10 (2014), 7-9 (2013), 9-7 (2012), 9-7 (2011), 10-6 (2010), 8-8 (2009), 12-4 (2008), 10-6 (2007), 8-8 (2006)

Last Playoff Appearance: Super Bowl XLVI vs. New England Patriots

Last Playoff Win: Super Bowl XLVI vs. New England Patriots

Super Bowl Titles Won: 4 (Super Bowl XXI, Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XLII, Super Bowl XLVI)

Passing Leader for 2015: Eli Manning (4,432 yards, 35 touchdowns, 14 interceptions)

Rushing Leader for 2015: Rashad Jennings (863 yards, 3 touchdowns)

Receiving Leader for 2015: Odell Beckham (1,450 yards, 13 touchdowns)

The Head Coach:

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Ben McAdoo

Overall Record (as a head coach): 0-0

Record With Team: 0-0

Previous NFL Jobs: New Orleans Saints Offense Quality Control Coordinator (2004),  San Francisco 49ers Offensive Line Coach and Offense Quality Control Coordinator (2005), Green Bay Packers Tight Ends Coach (2006-2011), Green Bay Packers Quarterbacks Coach (2012-2013), New York Giants Offensive Coordinator (2014-2015)

My Grade: C-

The Team:

(Depth Charts will change as training camps progress obviously….)

Player Grade Guide:

Blue = Elite Player

Green = Really Good Player

Orange = Average Player

Pink = Meh

Red = NO THANKS

Gray = Rookie

Offense:

QB: Eli Manning

RB: Rashad Jennings

FB: Nikita Whitlock

WR: Odell Beckham Jr.

WR: Sterling Shepard

TE: Will Tye

OC: Weston Richburg

OG: Justin Pugh

OG: John Jerry

OT: Marshall Newhouse

OT: Ereck Flowers

Defense:

DE: Olivier Vernon

DT: Johnathan Hankins

DT: Damon Harrison

DE: Jason Pierre-Paul

LB: Jasper Brinkley

LB: Devon Kennard

LB: Jonathan Casillas

CB: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

CB: Janoris Jenkins

SS: Landon Collins

FS: Darian Thompson

The Schedule:

vs. @ Dallas Cowboys (September 11)

vs. New Orleans Saints (September 18)

vs. Washington Redskins (September 25)

vs. @ Minnesota Vikings (October 3)

vs. @ Green Bay Packers (October 9)

vs. Baltimore Ravens (October 16)

vs. Los Angeles Rams (October 23)

BYE WEEK

vs. Philadelphia Eagles (November 6)

vs. Cincinnati Bengals (November 14)

vs. Chicago Bears (November 20)

vs. @ Cleveland Browns (November 27)

vs. @ Pittsburgh Steelers (December 4)

vs. Dallas Cowboys (December 11)

vs. Detroit Lions (December 18)

vs. @ Philadelphia Eagles (December 22)

vs. @ Washington Redskins (January 1)

The Prediction:

10-6

Brief Synopsis:

The New York Giants are undergoing a huge makeover this season. It’s been five years since the Giants have played post-season football and that’s way too long for “Big Blue” to be out of action when it counts. Gone is long-time head coach Tom Coughlin and in his place is “newcomer” Ben McAdoo. He’s never coached an NFL game as a head coach and he’s been given the task of bringing Eli Manning (the only Manning left in the NFL!) and the Giants back to relevancy. That’s no big deal, right? The good news for McAdoo is, he has a lot of pieces to work with on both sides of the ball. For a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in five seasons, the Giants have a talented roster that could end up doing some damage this season. But we are getting ahead of ourselves aren’t we?

Offensively, the Giants are probably going to have an interesting year. Eli Manning is Eli Manning and we know what we are getting out of him. Regardless of what anyone says, the guy is a good quarterback and even if you bag on him, I’m willing to bet money you would take him on your team any day. Eli has some solid pieces to work with in the form of Rashad Jennings, rookie Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and some dude named Odell Beckham. The Giants don’t have the greatest offensive line in the world though and are absolutely dreadful at the tackle position. If you’re a team that has an amazing pass-rush, there’s a great chance you’re going to do some damage against the Giants this season. That’s the one thing that really worries me offensively about this team. New head coach Ben McAdoo is familiar with this team though having been the offensive coordinator the past two seasons, so there shouldn’t be a whole lot of confusion with him as the head man now.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants needed to improve this off-season….and they definitely did on paper at least. You never know how big-time free agent signings/rookie additions are going to go in the NFL, but the Giants are hoping that the addition of Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, Darian Thompson and Janoris Jenkins will end up paying huge dividends this season for the defense. There are still some things that worry me about this team (the linebackers are dreadful and last year’s second-round pick Landon Collins was highly disappointing), but this unit should be much improved this year. If not, heads are going to roll this next off-season.

Obviously I’m pretty high on the New York Giants this year. While I honestly don’t know what to expect from McAdoo as a head coach or what all the new pieces will bring to the team, I think it will end up being enough to potentially push the team back into the playoffs. It’s not going to be an easy task though. New York had arguably the worst defense in the league last year and are expecting a lot of new players to come in and get the ship turned around and that doesn’t always work out the way you would expect. It honestly wouldn’t shock me at all to see this team falter once again and finish with a 6-10 or 7-9 record. But you won’t, will you Giants? You’re better than that this year. The NFL needs Odell Beckham and a Manning in the playoffs. If it doesn’t happen, the world may just end. You don’t want that blood on your shoulders.

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