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Shawne Merriman: Championship Window Has not Closed for New York Giants

June 30th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants finished with a 7-9 record to end the 2013 season, many wondered if their long run of success, which included two Super Bowl championships, had finally come to an end. But after a massive offseason spending spree, the implementation of an entirely new offensive system and the return of head coach Tom Coughlin, it would appear as if the Giants have gone "all in" for one more shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

However, the question now becomes: can the team find continuity quickly enough to compete with their many new players, new coaches and a brand new offense?

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker and current NFL Network analyst, Shawne Merriman, believes they can.

"I don't think [their championship window is closed]," Merriman said on NFL AM. "They did two things this offseason. For one, they addressed the wide receiver position, giving Victor Cruz some help so he won't be double-teamed. Two, they beefed up on the offensive line, which is not only going to help the passing game and Eli Manning, but [also] their running game — which they've been known to run the ball.

"They went out and made adjustments. So, especially in that division, they'll always have a chance to bounce back and play well. … They addressed the right positions on that team in order to move forward, progress and get back to where they need to go."

When looking back at what plagued the Giants in 2013, Merriman is spot on. Some of the team's biggest problems stemmed from inconsistency at both wide receiver and offensive line, which led to a struggling running game and, of course, a league-leading number of turnovers. But if the Giants can shore up the offensive line and find some consistency at wide receiver outside of Victor Cruz, it will be one gigantic step forward.

Still, many other pieces will have to fall into place in order for the Giants to make another run at the Super Bowl, including the return of their once daunted pass rush, as well as some impact play from the linebacker position.

Luckily for Big Blue, they've made a lot of progress in those areas on paper, and should they put it all together on the field, it would be easy to see that the championship window has not closed just yet.

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Tags: Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, San Diego, San Diego Chargers, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

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6 Responses to “Shawne Merriman: Championship Window Has not Closed for New York Giants”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    The most significant thing IMO that happened besides any injuries in OTAs is how our LBs are lining up. Williams surprisingly seems to have clearly won the WLB position. Then with Beason going down we decided to start McClain and have our rookie Kinnard start at SLB. That’s a surprise to me because I would have though Paysinger was pretty locked in at WLB and that if we need to replace Beason Herzlich would have been the starter at MLB or SLB. Because I think Paysinger is a good player and solid professional I think it shows very highly of Williams to have beat him out. And us trusting a rookie so much so early in camp in Kinnard really speaks highly of him. We do have other options like Paysinger or Herzlich.

  2.  Krow says:

    As if Shawne Merriman knows anything about the Giants.

    •  GIANTT says:

      Well , if you remember , he was one of the draft picks that San Diego got for Eli so OF COURSE hes going to know everything about the team that gave him his career .
      Seriously though , its one of the first times I think Ive seen anyone think the Giants are going to run the ball quite a bit , its something I thought the Giants didnt try enough of last year . Maybe they did and my memory sucks or they couldnt run behind thaOline .
      I think that will change completely this year with an improved line and some bangers at running back

    •  rlhjr says:

      Merriman studied under O’Hara no doubt.

      As for Kinnard getting reps. This is what we have always wanted this team to do: “Get reps for young players so you know what they have to offer”.

      I think they already know what Pysinger can do if asked. They need to know if they have depth. If Williams gained weight, kept his speed and shows up against the run he is an ideal WIL.

  3.  Dirt says:

    Remember when the Giants got hoodwinked for trading Rivers for Manning, and had to throw in the picks that led to this clown and a kicker?

    Oh, the good old days.

    •  Krow says:

      I love busting Chargers fans with that one. Usually I use the tried and true ” … and all we got was those two lousy Superbowls.” That sets them running for sure. Good times … good times.

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