NY Giants 2012 Off-season Think Tank
It’s that time of year when someone like me gets to sink is prognosticating teeth into off-season moves and acquisitions for his beloved New York Giants football squad. To be honest, my dream job has always been (aside from being a player of course) to be the GM of the New York Giants. Maybe one day but for now I’ll stick to writing articles about what I think they should do.
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To begin, let me say that I think the Giants are in great hands with Jerry Reese. He comes from good stock, in that Ernie Accorsi was a tremendous GM (see Eli), and he came from the George Young lineage of great general managers. On top of his pedigree, obviously his success speaks for themselves. Not only have his teams won two super Bowls, they have done so with the help of talented players found in the depths of free agency in the late rounds of the draft. These kind of value packed players, are necessary to win in the NFL in the modern era. The salary cap makes it absolutely necessary to get the most bang for your buck possible.
The Giants have a very solid core of key players who, for the most part, are under contract for the foreseeable future. All moves will be salary cap dependent of course, and with the emergence and inevitable restructuring of Victor Cruz’s contract, the amount of money available will be in flux. With that being said, I will focus on priorities and physician groups of need that need to be addressed through player development, free agency, or the draft.
The top priority on the offensive side of the ball is the offense of line. It’s obvious to anyone who watched that this group, although obviously championship caliber, held back the offenses production in 2011. As disappointing as David Bass was, considering he has only been with the team for one year and has a fairly lucrative contract he will be a lock to be a starter next season. The same could be said for Chris Snee and David Deihl. The forgotten man is William Beatty, who played fairly well given the opportunities he had before injuring his cornea. If he can be a B+ to A- left tackle, that would ideally move Diehl to right tackle (it goes without saying that Kareem McKenzie’s days are numbered). Then it’s a matter of finding I left guard to work between Beatty and Bass. Although Kevin Boothe played surprisingly well he is limited and is best suited in a backup/filler role. Mitch Petrus has some talent and could possibly step up to take the starting job. However I feel finding talent in the draft is the best way to go in this situation. A long-term solution a guard can be found with great talent by moving up in the first round of the draft, or patiently waiting for a second to fourth round pick.
If some young talent could be found to fill the left guard position, and a veteran presence to be added as a security blanket, I believe 2012 Giants offensive line can return to form as we saw it in 2009 2010.
My next article will cover the skill position groups and what moves the Giants should make moving into next season.
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