Friday, February 13, 2009
New York Giants 2009 Off Season Needs
The Jints had a nice 2008, despite injuries and distractions from players and the New York paparazzi/ media. They fell short of defending their crown, but it is extremely hard to repeat as a champion. The team has several excellent players who certainly has the team a favorite to repeat as NFC East Champions, but they have their quandaries like everyone else.
1. Flip A Coin? - Both Jacobs and Ward are free agents and there will be a long line of other teams wanting their services. Ward may be the guy who will go, because Jacobs provides that between the tackle style that the G-Men need in order to remain effective. Bradshaw and Ware can try to fill the void Ward will leave, but none could do what Jacobs does.
2. Get More Pass Catchers - Even if Burress wasn't an issue, the team needs more WR's. Amani Toomer will be 35 come September, and who knows how much he has left? Hakeem Nicks or Darrius Heyward-Bey will look pretty attractive to the Jints if they are still on the board. Heyward-Bey would give the team the deep threat they do not have. If the team decides to part ways with Burress, then this need becomes even greater.
3. Get Younger On The O-Line - Sean O'Hara will be 32 come June, and is the teams Center. Getting him a youngster to tutor would be beneficial for the team. Alex Mack should be sitting right there when the Jints draft at the 29th position. The team has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, and are generally a young bunch. Still, one cannot have enough depth at one of the more physically demanding positions in the game.
4. Keep Stocking The Secondary - Ross and Webster are the guys at CB, but there isn't much behind them. Getting an extra DB or two will certainly help the team in dime packages. They have youth at Safety, but more bodies will help.
The Giants are a confident team that will be bent on reclaiming the trophy. The skill is there. What happens at the RB position may be more important than their WR issues. Keeping both Ward and Jacobs is an unlikely scenario because both want to be the guy, even if there is obvious success with the three headed committee they have used the past few years. Burress appears likely gone too, but there is a chance he stays. The Giants are a family,as taught to them by the Mara's, so this might be the time to stick together and try to go back to the dance. A scenario few can say is unlikely.