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NFL Season Reviews: The New York Giants

The 2015 season started with all of the normal posturing and bluster expected from the NFL. Each team proclaiming that this was their year,


The 2015 season started with all of the normal posturing and bluster expected from the NFL. Each team proclaiming that this was their year, and that the Super Bowl was just within reach. With the Rookies signed, and the free agents on board, the coaches had completed their new drills, and the team had a new perspective. The New York Giants were no different. With two time SB winner Eli Manning still behind centre, and some decent players coming in through the draft and free agency, the Giants were looking for an extended run at a title in 2015. Head Coach Tom Coughlin was still on board, and with OBJ primed for a further breakout the team felt confident they would challenge for the NFC East title at least. Then they started playing the games – ending with a regular season return of just 6 wins to 10 losses. That’s a sad result, no matter where you look. The end result of the season was a second loss to the Eagles, in what turned out to be Tom Coughlin’s final game with New York. In a finely crafted piece of management media ballroom dancing, Tom managed to bow out gracefully from the Giants, without having his reputation tarnished, and without the management looking like heartless profit chasers. Ben McAdoo replaced him, stepping up from the OC position, and hopefully bringing the same skills he brought to that role into his new position. With Jason Pierre Paul due up for Free Agency this season, a lot was expected of him from the team. Unfortunately, a freak incident on the 4th July celebrations resulted in him mangling his hand, and eliminating any hopes he had of a standout season for the Giants. The Giants just couldn’t seem to get going this season, and I think there are many more factors than there initially appeared to be to this. Whatever is going on at the Metlife, it extinguished the flames for most players before the season even started. The Giants are currently a team in decline. With two Super Bowls under Manning, and superstar players on board, they really should be doing better than they are. Low scoring against solid defences showed a lack of strength on the offensive side, and the defence lacked an aggressive pass rush – for a long time the hallmark of the team. This was another season in decline for the Giants, with the rot appearing to settle deeper, even before the season was halfway done. The Giants end the 2015 season mid-table in one of the most openly mocked divisions in the game this year. The NFC East put through a team with one of the lowest win ratios in the competition, and the Giants fell behind them. Keeping yourself above the Cowboys, considering that they only had a QB for 3 games this season, is nothing to be proud of, and this being his last season, it’s got to suck for Coughlin to go out like this. An even season would have been acceptable, but going out on 6-10 has got to sting after a career like his. All in, I expect this is one of those seasons that the Giants would rather not talk about around the dinner table.

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