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Annual “New York Giants Won’t Make the Playoffs” Analysis Has Begun

July 17th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Kenneth DeJohn

The New York Giants have missed the playoffs three of the past four seasons, with the lone exception being the 2012 playoffs in which the Giants were Super Bowl champs. NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison believes that the upcoming season for the Giants will be reminiscent of the other three.

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Harrison does not believe the Giants will make the playoffs next season. He cites the fact that the Giants were able to win both of their most recent Super Bowls due to hot stretches at the right time, rather than being the best team in the playoffs. He thinks that this type of play is unreliable when looking to make the playoffs, as it's impossible to predict when a team will get hot or a when a team will cool off.

This type of unreliability stems from lapses of mediocre play during the regular season. The Giants are notorious for lengthy winning streaks followed by lengthy losing streaks. Harrison doesn't like that type of play, and understandably so.

Of the five reasons listed by Harrison, defense accounts for two of them. Why? Well, likely because there are plenty of question marks surrounding that unit heading into the season. The team's defense ranked 31st in the NFL last season, largely in part to inconsistent efforts from both the defensive line and secondary. Johnathan Hankins and Cullen Jenkins are nice additions, but who really knows what type of impact they'll have in their first year as Giants?

Hankins is a rookie that will need to find his place on the crowded defensive line, while Jenkins may or may not be a difference-maker at defensive tackle. It will be interesting to see which has the bigger impact.

That's not all Harrison dislikes, though. The team also did not acquire enough talent to make sizable improvements in the secondary or linebacking unit to satisfy him. The additions of Dan Connor and Aaron Ross just aren't enough in his eyes.

In Harrison's defense, he does cite the improvement of Dallas and the overall talent of the Washington Redskins as legitimate reasons why the Giants will have a tough time reaching the postseason. Throw in the question marks surrounding David Wilson and the Giants' running game, and their are certainly enough qualms to go around.

The Giants' season will certainly be an interesting one. General manager Jerry Reese made an interesting decision in choosing to allow Ahmad Bradshaw to walk via free agency, so the running game could potentially be even more inconsistent than it has been in recent memory. That, along with the suspect defense, will put the spotlight on Eli Manning even more than it has been for the past several seasons.

The part of the equation that cannot be left out, however, is head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin, the oldest head coach in the NFL, will surely get the best out of the players given to him. He has the motivational skills and football knowledge necessary to put the right guys in the right spots to be successful.

It won't be easy for the Giants to make the playoffs, but Coughlin's presence at the helm will certainly make things easier. Dallas and Washington are going to be good, but you can never count out the Giants.

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7 Responses to “Annual “New York Giants Won’t Make the Playoffs” Analysis Has Begun”

  1.  jfunk says:

    Hi Kenny.

    With all due respect, I disagree with the assertion that Jenkins isn’t a difference maker at DT. The guy averages about 5 sacks per 16 games played for his career, including 9.5 over the past two seasons.

    He’ll be able to add some pressure up the middle that was sorely lacking last year. Our DEs will certainly think he’s a difference maker.

    •  F0XLIN says:

      That being said, I don’t think Jenkins is the clear cut starter day one opposite Joseph. He’ll be on the field for passing downs with Hankins/Patterson coming on for run downs. I wouldn’t focus TOO much on his play vs the run

  2.  Dirt says:

    KingAndrewXXIII says:
    July 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM
    Really wish Cruz would just shut up and focus on playing football. The ink hasn’t even dried on his contract yet, and he is already complaining about taking less? Looking like we may have another Osi-like situation on our hands in a few years…

    —-

    If you are telling me that we can sign up for 10 years of a player who is one of the best at his position league-wide, with certified game-changing ability, who brings the occasional response to a reporter’s question about contract status and files an occasional affidavit trying to bring to an end an owner-forced stoppage of work in the game we all love, then I will be the first to sign up for it.

    You should too.

    •  rlhjr says:

      I think Cruz! has a perception issue based on his post trail remarks.
      And that just my personal fellings. They don’t really count for squat.

      But as far as btchn goes, you should have gotten a load of Taylor, Carson Kelly and others on the Giants stand out defense talk about their being short changed in the pay department. It was a annual issue and they had fake hold outs more because they grew to dislike the rigors of the full training camp.

      Turns out those guys were grossly underpaid based on the work they did.
      Said all that to say btchn is fine. Just back it up with production.
      And in the case of Cruz!, stardom too. NOT super stardom, but stardom just the same. I think Cruz will continue to be an excellent player.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Harrison is not far off the mark. I think his summation is very fair based on what he sees. And the specific areas that he points to as questionable are very close to what is talked about within these very blog pages on a weekly basis.

    DO YOU THINK HE READS G101?

    Anyway, I have the same misgivings. And I have stated that this class of draftees had better have the goods. And I’ll say again that next year’s class had better hit the ground running too. My optimism stems from my thinking that JPP, Webster and Tuck will be at the very least respectable. And that Moore, Pugh, Wilson, Ojomo, Pysinger, Williams, Prince, Hill, Herzlich/Connor Snee and Pascoe step it up.

    That’s a whole lot of hoping. And that’s not the entire complement of players who I feel have to perform. As always you have to look around the NFC East.
    The only team that looks to excel is the dead skins. And that is not a sure bet.

    I have faith in most of this team’s coaching staff. Fewell raises my eye brows.
    But in the end, players got to play. Eli having a healthy focused receiving corps. is the thing that Harrison is discounting IMHO.

  4.  JimStoll says:

    This is the argument I have been making throughout TC’s tenure
    We have been a very erratic team
    Always good enough to be in the playoff mix up to the last week or 2 of the season, but never consistently dominant
    the two hot streaks we’ve had in a sense mask this mediocrity or inconsistency — pick your adjective
    when you look at this year’s squad, the offense looks dynamic, if the O-Line can perform well; the defense looks potentially awful ala the last 2 seasons
    who knows how it will turn out, but predicting the Giants won’t make the playoffs because they are up and down and as likely as not to finish at or around 9-7 is not far-fetched

    on the other hand, basing it on Dallas being better is specious
    if any team has been more inconsistent and more underwhelming than Big Blue, it’s Big D

    and Washington will be interesting. What will RG be post injury?
    How long will it take the NFL to naster the pistol?

    and the Dream Team?

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