Yesterday we asked our readers what they would do to fix their sinking, stinking 0-4 Giants. Here are some of the suggestions that were sent in:
Rick: Get creative on offense! Stop running the same vertica down field plays every snap. Use David Wilson in space like Darren Sproles. What happened to the quick Nicks Slant? Use Jacobs out in the flat, let Myers go down the seam for a couple catches. Whay is this so difficult? The deep passes are fun to watch, but when you have an offensive line that can't protect the QB, you have got to get creative. Wake up Gilbride and Eli!
Mike: Giants can turn their season around by doing the little things, right. This is an evolution, not a revolution. Picking up crucial third downs and no more consecutive 3 and outs. Win the second-half - finish strong. Go back to the 2007 mantra of finish strong, or was it 2011?
M Montag: To be honest I don't feel comfortable the team can turn it around. The die has been cast. The offense can't do anything, and the defense...well...can you consider it a defense when they give up over 30+ points EVERY game. Time to look on rebuilding the lines, and time for some of the team vets to move on for cap space. I love my Giants, but it's time to move forward. That includes a new Offensive and Defensive Coordinator.
Big Al: Fire Kevin Gilbride.
Dave: The offensive line is the the weak link in the chain. The Scoring and Defense automatically improve IF the O-line can help sustain drives. In order to do that, they need to change the standard Giants offense and, not break the mold, but incorporate common sense adjustments to the game plan. They need more short slants and three steps drops. They need more roll outs. They need to be less predictable with the run game. They do not have the "horses" to ground and pound and then run the play action off of that. They need some unpredictability and quickness to the offense. Nothing slows a pass rush more than quick slants, 3 step drops etc... Teams have been employing this against the Giants for year, its time to turn the tables.
Dom P: It will be difficult but I do believe if any team can turn things around it would be this franchise, their track record proves this, particulary in recent years when they've won the Super Bowl under Tom Coughlin.
Now the question is how can they do this? Well first and foremost they need to get wins, we all know this but it's not just about wins, but as we've seen in recent history it's wins against the right opponent.
In the 2013 Giants' case they need wins against their division, which by the way is not very strong this year either.
I think with some luck 8-8 can win the division this year. My prediction on what the Giants need to do over the next 12 games is as follows: That would put them at 8-8 and with some luck a shot at this weak division. It would still be a small miracle, but hey you never know.
Jason M: It seems clear to me (and everyone else for that matter), that Eli is not getting much help in the pass-blocking game. Myers is a complete liability as a blocking TE and Pascoe hasn't been much better. Why not send out more packages that include an additional OL like Diehl as your blocking TE?
Jc C: 1) The Quick up tempo passing game. Allows Eli time to make up for the inequities of his offensive line. Neutralizes the defense front 4 from getting enough pressure to disrupt it. It will also allow the offense to hopefully keep drives alive.
2) Give David Wilson the ball. Barry Sanders in all his greatness was stopped on many plays. What made him special was the ability to hit that home run or 2 each game to go for 6 or break off a run of 40 yards. Not to say David is Barry far from it but he does have that breakaway ability but it takes multiple touches to do so. He needs at least 12-20 per game whether it be in the running or passing games.
3) Keep hope alive. All it takes is one win to get a team on a roll and this has to be that week. If it isn't better start looking at a top 5 pick.
The Duke: Pat is going to right this offense line, and the return of Andre Brown will greatly help the run game, which will help open up the passing game. Getting Will Hill back will be a great help, getting our ball hawk back again. We need to get more pressure from the D-Line to help the rest of the defense out more. I think putting the rookie Moore out there this week will help out, he knows how to rush the QB. This season is FAR from over.
Steve: Would have to make a HUGE trade for a top OF lineman,and at(giving up a pick of course) and somehow get a linebacker in here as well who can be a difference maker. And the team has to rattle off at lwast 6 winsin a row here. Not impossible but not looking good. Hey, I guessif we finish 0-16 we get clowney as the #1 pick, lol.
NjGoomba: O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line,O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line, O Line,
George: I believe our offense is very predictable, when I sit on my chair and watch them I know exactly what we are going to do whether run or pass,we do the same thing over and over,also did we not just sign a fullback for our running game ? where is he and why was he not in there last week on 3 and short?
Bill F: Fire Gillbride, with the talent on the offense, why no three step drop, short route passing game to open up the running game. They have officially met the definition of insane by pounding a non-existent run game and repeating the same plays over-n-over.
James S: The only way for the NY Football Giants to turn their season around is by some sort of miracle. The team has way too many holes, both offensively and defensively and special team is once again a nightmare. Unfortunately for this team, this year, the Giants have fallen on hard times and should look to trade Hakeem Nicks for some value and prepare for the 2014 NFL draft by stock piling on draft picks. (i.e., Cleveland) Start with the offensive line and/ or at LB.
Mike: This team needs to be overhauled - I'm convinced there will be a long, slow rebuild before they're in contention to contend again. Our offensive line is aging, as is our defensive line - the core of this team's success over the past decade.
We're thin at linebacker, running back and in the secondary. Our special teams are unspectacular.
So, crazy as it may sound, the time to start righting the ship begins with a complete dismantlement of the team beginning now. We have attractive pieces to other teams in the league.
First on my list: Eli Manning. You think a team like Tampa Bay wouldn't mind having a 2 time winning SB QB running the helm? Imagine the return you could expect - I wouldn't take less than 1 first rounder, 2 second rounders and 2 third rounders to deepen our draft over the next two years.
Second: Justin Tuck - who else is a defensive end away from making serious noise? At this point in his career, could Tuck net a 2nd round and a 4th rounder?
Third: Hakeem Nicks - similar return to Tuck above?
This season has been a disaster thus far - use what chips you have, and begin the process of building like you did when you drafted Eli - else the franchise will be dragging along in mediocrity, similar to what happened in the decade after Parcells left.
TRUE BLUE FAN: BEEF UP O_LINE & Fast and agressive LineBackers.
Aaron W: *Trade for Jon Beason might help but where were we when Eugene Monroe was getting shopped for late picks last week? Could've then moved Pugh to guard.
*Damontre Moore is a monster and needs to be on the field more to jump start our pass rush! Look at his tape of last season on YouTube. First round talent!
*Adrian Robinson gets all the buzz even with him still being hurt...All Larry Donnell does is impress me anytime I've seen him. He forced us to keep four tight ends. Get him out there!
*Will Hill needs to step up and not just be a special teams ace but a contributor on defense whether that's covering the slot or getting reps at safety.
*Trade for Oakland WR Jacoby Ford and put him on KR/PR duty. Ford has world class speed. Anything he adds on offense is gravy. Ohh the things I would do to see a punt return over 7 yards.
*There won't be enough money to resign Hakeem Nicks next year with all the holes we have.(well there might be if he keeps having games like he did against k.c) Send out feelers to the rest of the league. I'm not trading him unless the price is right. And no that price isn't a 4th or 5th round pick.
*Move Kiwanuka back to a part time end/ LB and cut Keith Rivers please. I don't think Rivers has made one significant play in his tenure here. That opens up a roster spot to bring back Ojomo who has done nothing but get sacks in his minute opportunities the past two preseasons.
*Start doing there homework on finding the best CB in the 2014 draft. It's one of the toughest positions to find a true stud. Look at Morris Claiborne who has been awful.
*Keep the faith in David Wilson.
*Yes, it sucks being 0-4 but at the end of the day we are only 2 games out of first place with 12 more to play! Lets go G-men turn it around!
Pete: I will jump right in. Switch to a 3-4 Defense. Use their big DTs up front, Use Williams, Spencer, JPP, and Moore to LB. Blitz 60% of the time and don't stop blitzing.
On offense. Run Wilson for 25-30 carries a game. I would do this for three reasons, 1.) You have to find out now if the kid can handle it. 2.) He is bound to break one or two for long yardage. 3.) Keep the defense honest.
As far as passing, they have to use the slant and back shoulder fade more. The back shoulder was a staple pass for Nicks and Manning. Now it is rarely thrown. Underneath passing will open things up deep.
Lastly, cut Josh Brown. Anything is an upgrade there. Not sure why he is still here.
Mike: Face the fact the team had won enough games through the recent seasons to not get HUGE difference makers in the draft and that a dismal season may not be the worst thing to happen. A less than appealing record will get the team the chance to restock in the draft and the opportunity to test some younger players as the team is getting old. From a die hard fan, a losing season is sometimes needed.
Robert: Why can't the giants place an extra lineman in the backfield, along with Jacobs to help with the pass rush? Make wilson a slot receiver, or a tail back and get him into open field. Manning will not survive the season as things stand. He needs time to throw the ball. Keep putting fresh receivers into the game to wear down the opposing D
Ed: It all starts on both the o-line and d-line. Need to get younger also.