New York Giants: Where Do We Go From Here?
Now that we are a few days removed from the conclusion of the Giants season, perhaps the dust has settled and reality has set in. Sure, a win against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles (finally) was a nice way to wrap up the year. But where do the Giants go from here?
It’s a cliché, but preparation for next season has now started. After players clean out their lockers and exit interviews conclude, the mental shift inside the building at East Rutherford transitions to posing the question, what do we need to do to improve?
In order to properly answer that and take action, it’s important we note the most pressing areas for the Giants heading into the offseason.
By now, we know defensive coordinator Wink Martindale has resigned. This is significant because not only does it leave a major vacancy to fill, but Martindale (who runs a blitz-heavy, aggressive style defense) was loved by many of his defensive players. Giants head coach Brian Daboll also dismissed assistant coaches Thomas McGaughey, Bobby Johnson, Drew Wilkins, and Kevin Wilkins. So, Daboll clearly has some decisions to make about solidifying his future staff. The puzzling thing here is that it was the offense that struggled this season, not the defense.
#26 couldn’t have drawn up his last game of the season performance any better. Barkley had an electrifying two touchdown day that further emphasized he is still a premier back in the league. Their star running back played on the franchise tag last year, which means he still needs a contract (or another tag) for next season. Barkley is the best option, the face of the franchise, and an incredible player when healthy. Sign Barkley to a two-year deal.
The rebuild here has been under construction for ten years now. It’s still a mess. The Giants have gone to the draft (Evan Neal) and the couch (Justin Pugh) in recent years. This is the year I would seek out the best free agents available to pair with Andrew Thomas.
Last but not least, the most important piece to this Giant puzzle. When we ask where do the Giants go from here, the QB position is understandably the first topic people run to. Let’s quickly lay out some options. Stay as is with a recovering Daniel Jones, Tyrod Taylor, and Tommy “Cutlets” DeVito as your position room. Make a trade for Justin Fields and have him compete with Jones for QB1. Lastly, start over, and draft a new guy. The 2024 NFL draft has been anticipated for a few years now with this class of quarterbacks. With the sixth pick, it is likely the GMen will have the option to grab one. The coming months will be telling with the combine, and potential trades, but North Carolina’s Drake Maye sure does seem like a great option. It’s not that simple though. Daniel Jones is under contract for a ton of money. But can we rely on this often-injured Duke alumni to be the leader?
On the defensive side of the ball, Kayvon Thibodeaux does seem promising. Without getting a lot of hype, he had 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles this season. Captain, Xavier McMcKinney needs to be signed to a long-term deal. Lastly, 2023 was certainly an unexpected step backwards, but Tommy DeVito did provide a great storyline that made the team interesting, if just for a few weeks. He was one of the few highlights of the team’s year.
This is one of the most important off-seasons in New York Giants’ recent memory. With Daboll and General Manager Joe Schoen heading towards his third year, the start-over excuse has worn out its welcome. Fans are tired of playing for a great pick in the draft by October. The 2024 season starts now.