2010 Giants Season In Review

After a 10-6 campaign it’s tough to imagine that the Giants need to make many changes. 2010 was mirrored by inconsistencies that have became more of a calling card for the New York Giants over recent years.

The roller coaster type season the Giants endured was even more evident heading into the last game of the season where they still had a chance to reach the playoffs with a win against the chaotic Washington Redskins. The Giants would end up winning but ultimately being knocked out of the playoffs by a Green Bay Packers win against the Chicago Bears.

The Giants season started 1-2 that was followed by a 5-game win streak. Then came the traditional let down game at home against the Tony Romo-less Cowboys. Another loss to the Eagles would ensue before a 3-game win streak. This all would be a microcosm to an even bigger catastrophe leading up to a shocking 38-31 defeat against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game they led 31-10 with 8 minutes left in the game. The G-Men still controlled their own destiny but would eventually lose to the Packers before winning the aforementioned Washington Redskins game on the last day of the season.

So where to go from here is the question. Following the Super Bowl win the Giants have been rather disappointing with a 12-4 record in 2008 and bounced by the Eagles in the divisional round, to a 8-8, 2009 season after starting off 5-0 and now the latest collapse a 10-6 record in 2010.

If there was ever a better time to make another dig at coach Tom Coughlin, Antrel Rolle definitely has added this to his repertoire. He did however have some help from teammate Kenny Phillips in saying they wish Tom Coughlin was more like Rex Ryan. In retrospect, this may be all the better. The Giants brass can now see the bumptious and brash confidence Coach Rex Ryan displays while his team responds to him. Opposed to Tom Coughlin’s militant-like structure, in which he rubs several players the wrong way past and present.

Heading into the off-season there are a few question marks the Giants need to address. Mel Kiper has projected the Giants taking Mike Pouncey, twin brother of Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’ve never been a huge fan of taking centers in the first round. What’s ironic about the whole situation is the Giants could of drafted his twin brother last year.

I’d like to see them maybe trade up a few spots and take Nate Solder, the 6’8 offensive tackle out of Colorado. Tyron Smith out of USC may be available or Gabe Carimi out of Wisconsin. It’s apparent the Giants need a center, but drafting a tackle is a much more important position. The Giants could always make a push in free agency for Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil who was just added to the Pro Bowl.

The Giants are also in need for a serious play making kick and punt return man. They could also address this in free agency. They could make a push towards a Jacoby Jones, who has the size and speed to also be a great wideout. The Giants certainly don’t need wide receiving help but with the uncertainty of slot receiver Steve Smith, he wouldn’t be bad insurance. Steve Breaston is also another option. This would save the Giants from having to use a draft pick on two positions that they could easily address during the offseason.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Giants seem to be content with Perry Fewell. He probably won’t ever be the defensive coach Steve Spagnuolo was, but the Giants seem comfortable with there consistent solid defense Fewell brings them. Drafting a cornerback and linebacker could help this unit. Casey Mathews seems to be a popular choice amongst Giants fans. Scouts are predicting his stock to be rising.

Overall it was a solid season for the G-Men in terms of their record. Any Giants follower or analyst will tell you they underachieved though. They had stretches though out this season in which they were thought to be the favorites coming out of the NFC. The one stingy thing G-Men fans will take from the 2010-2011 season is the fact it could have been them in the Super Bowl instead of the Green Bay Packers.

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