New York Giants co-owner John Mara and general manager Dave Gettleman featured in a press conference on Wednesday regarding the state of the team following a disappointing 2020 season.
The Giants won six games, marking 15 wins over the past three years that Gettleman has been vice president and general manager.
Ultimately, vast improvements are needed across-the-board, but Mara believes the team is trending upward, and they have enjoyed progress this season, despite the miscalculations and mistakes they made back in 2018. New head coach Joe Judge has really turned the page in the locker room, implementing disciplinary measures and instituting a culture that demands respect.
While the defense did perform exceedingly well in 2020, under Patrick Graham, the offense was disappointing, with Jason Garrett at the helm.
Optimistically, Garrett stated that the offense does need an influx of resources, so we should expect to see some movement on that side of the ball.
Mara: "There's no question the offense needs help, and we will prioritize that this offseason."
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This past season, the Giants’ offense ranked 31st in points per game with 17.5. They were only above the New York Jets, who averaged 15.2 points per contest. Regarding the passing game, they recorded the 29th least yards through the air per game.
While the running game was considered average, upgrades need to be implemented at multiple positions. The Giants desperately need more talent in the wide receiver corps, as we should expect them to consider a free agent signing or allocate their first-round pick toward a player like Jaylen waddle or Devonta Smith.
The New York Giants should see an improved offense in 2021:
With Saquon Barkley expected to make a full recovery and return for the start of the 2021 regular season, the continuity on the offensive line should prove to be significant. The line took major steps forward in run blocking this year, which should help Barkley return to form and dominate moving forward, barring any setbacks. Acquiring a top receiver would also open up the passing game and move linebackers and safeties away from the box, forcing them into coverage and allowing Barkley to navigate the line of scrimmage more efficiently.
Of course, there’s the question of Jason Garrett and if he deserves to stick around for another season. While the running game was much improved, his route concepts and passing attack were lackluster. There are plenty of options that could be a better fit for the Giants, and the job would undoubtedly be attractive with a promising quarterback in Daniel Jones and several pieces to work with moving forward.