First-year head coach Ben McAdoo led the team to their first playoff appearance in five seasons and put together a very impressive 11-5 record in 2016.
The Giants saw a much-maligned defense from the 2015 season turn into one of the game’s best.
In fact, the main reason the Giants returned to the postseason a year ago is due to the impressive turnaround on the defensive side of the ball.
However, the Giants offense a year ago was a major disappointment.
The Giants couldn’t run the football, they couldn’t protect their quarterback, and when their quarterback had time to throw, he didn’t perform.
It should be considered rather miraculous the Giants managed 11 regular season wins considering how poorly the offense played.
In 2017, the Giants expectations have changed considerably. The playoff drought is over, now the expectation is to make a signature run deep into January.
Why is there more of a heightened sense of urgency for this Giants season? It’s a simple answer: the clock is ticking on Eli Manning.
Although the two-time Super Bowl MVP has expressed interest in playing at least three or four more years, he is coming off one of the most disappointing seasons of his career.
Manning’s play in 2016 makes you wonder about how much the greatest quarterback in Giants history truly has left?
However, in order to truly gauge how much Eli Manning has left in the tank, you need to put him in the best possible position to succeed.
I wonder if the Giants have done that considering the offensive line they have put together?
The Giants had two of the worst starting offensive tackles in the sport a season ago.
Their hope is that 2017 will be a much different year for left tackle Ereck Flowers, who was the definition of a turnstile for opposing defensive linemen Sunday after Sunday.
The Giants decided they would give Flowers one more season to turn his career and the Giants offensive line around as opposed to finding a proven left tackle to protect Eli Manning’s blind side.
It’s an awfully big risk by Giants general manager Jerry Reese.
The Giants can have all the weapons in the world, and with Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Sterling Shepard, you would think the Giants would be throwing the ball all over teams.
However, what good is it to have all of those great weapons if your quarterback doesn’t have time to throw?
For the Giants, the fight against Father Time and the blind side could be two factors in derailing what has a chance to be a special 2017.
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