Yesterday’s Giants loss to the Panthers

Two men are most responsible for yesterday’s loss: Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese. Reese is the person who signed Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, failed to upgrade the safety position during the off-season, allowed Derek Ward to sign with another team, and drafted Ramses Barden in the third round, a player who has yet to play in a game. Coughlin must bear responsibility for making Bill Sheridan his defensive coordinator and for the team’s pathetic play in yesterday’s game.

To solve the problem, the first step is to replace the entire coaching staff, Coughlin included. The second step is to revamp the defense, starting at the safety and linebacker positions. The third step is to trade Brandon Jacobs. This season he was not the same player. Whether it was because of the big contract the team gave him, I don’t know. But the team needs to rebuild its running back core. Finally, the needs to upgrade its offensive line.

A Quick Look at the Giants Upcoming Season

In the 2009 season, the Giants  schedule works to their advantage. They open at home against Washington, a game they should win. The Skins still lack a top-notch quarterback. Then, on a Sunday night the G-men play Dallas away. If Romo’s on his game, the Giants will be lucky to win this one. Games 3-5 could determine the Giants season. After playing away games against Tampa Bay and Kansas City, the Giants play Oakland at home. If the team doesn’t win all three, they’ll have trouble winning their division as the remainder of their schedule contains teams that should be contenders.

If Brandon Jacobs stays healthy, the Giants should have an excellent running game, but if he gets injured again, the Giants will be in trouble.  By allowing Derrick Ward to depart, they lost a skilled backup. None of the remaining backups can compare to Ward.

The loss of Plaxico Burress should hurt the team even more. Manning’s accuracy is only average, so it’s critical that his receivers can get open and catch balls that aren’t well-thrown. Unfortunately, excluding the rookie receivers who are unknowns, the team’s top receivers are Domenik Hixon, Sinorice Moss, and Steve Smith. Moss is the weakest of the three. A second-round draft choice in 2006, I was surprised the Giants drafted him that high. In college, Moss played in 46 games but started only 12. And in his entire college career he had only 63 receptions for 1,046 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The first five games will reveal how good a passing game the Giants will have. If it’s poor and defenses can then focus on the run, the Giants will be in big trouble.

Giants Draft Gets an “A”

Steve Wyche, a writer on NFL.com, recently graded each team’s draft performance. He gave the Giants an A.

Here’s what he said about the Giants’ draft:

With six picks in the first four rounds, the Giants appear to have hit it big. They went after their needs at wide receiver with Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden, both big targets, and they added depth at outside linebacker with Clint Sintim, at tackle with William Beatty and running back with Andre Brown. Brown could turn out to be the best of this talented lot.

What surprised me about Wyche’s comments was his belief that Brown could turn out to be the best player. Brown was listed among Gil Brandt’s top 100 prospects, but he was near the bottom of the list. The fact that he had to operated on twice for a left foot fracture likely affected his ranking.

You can read Wyche’s full review here.

New Did York Giants have best draft?

If you’re a Giants fan, you’ll love Chris Steuber’s review of the Giants 2009 draft. In his article, he rated the Giants as having the best draft.

I wouldn’t go that  far, but the Giants had a decent draft. None of their draft choices made me stand up and cheer.  Nicks could be a good player, but I read recently that the Giants had almost agreed on a deal with the Lions that would have enabled the G-Men to move up to the 20th slot in the draft, which they would have used to draft Jeremy Maclin. Unfortunately, the Eagles made a trade that got them the 19th slot, which they used to draft Maclin — and ended the Giants need to deal with the Lions.

I think that the weak spot in their draft was their last two choices. Neither DB was well-rated and one was only a backup. I’d be surprised if either makes the roster.