Year after 12 months after 12 months, the Giants sing the identical previous track concerning the excessive expectations mandated by a regular set by the likes of Charlie Conerly and Frank Gifford and the 4 Super Bowl championship groups of Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin.
And 12 months after 12 months, the Giants wind up singing the blues.
But because the 2021 Giants — every body, veterans and rookies — gathered collectively for the primary time at Tuesday’s minicamp, solely the booming voice of Joe Judge sounded louder than the chance that’s knocking for them this season.
The NFC Least is ripe for the taking, and probably the most proficient Giants group definitely within the 15-33 Dave Gettleman Era — that’s not saying a lot, granted — has no excuse not to take it.
The 2021 Mets have shown us what camaraderie can mean for a team’s fortunes, and Judge established the correct tradition and the correct locker room because the precocious rookie head coach.
Camaraderie can solely take you thus far. Camaraderie will help flip a 4-12 group right into a 6-10 group.
With his second-year quarterback studying a brand new offensive system, with Saquon Barkley sidelined for the final 14 video games, with a rookie left sort out on a susceptible offensive line quickly buckled by the firing of its offensive line coach, with cornerback DeAndre Baker self-destructing, the Giants had been extra Little Engine That Could than Big Blue Locomotive.
The Giants haven’t received a division crown because the 2011 season, and Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would possibly recall how that season ended.
It is time to win one.
This is no six-win group. Barring unhealthy fortune and grievous personnel miscalculations, notably on Daniel Jones and the offensive line, there may be no motive why this can’t, ought to not, be a playoff group.
For what it’s price, of the 22 present Giants starters, 11 have been drafted within the first and second rounds. That doesn’t depend 2021 first-round choose receiver/returner Kadarius Toney or second-round exterior linebacker Azeez Ojulari or 2020 second-round choose security Xavier McKinney, all of whom determine to have necessary roles.
The Giants are in that enormous group of groups with quite a lot of ifs … but when the ability brokers didn’t suppose that it was lastly previous the time to contemplate themselves in rebuilding mode, they wouldn’t have splurged in free agency on WR Kenny Golladay ($72 million) and CB Adoree Jackson ($39 million).
The greatest if is Jones. If he can’t make a big third-year leap now armed with Golladay and Toney and the eventual return of Barkley, then the Giants will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season.
I imagine he’s fabricated from the correct franchise quarterback stuff and would be the chief and distributor the Giants want him to be.
“That’s my boy,” Golladay mentioned.
His boy received’t say it publicly, however that is make-or-break for him.
“We’ve all got to perform in the NFL, and you’re expected to perform at a certain level,” Jones mentioned. “So certainly understand that, but right now, the only way to get there is to focus on what we’re doing here every day at practice.”
Of course, child, after all.
Then: If the younger offensive line grows up collectively. If Barkley returns shut to who he was.If offensive coordinator Jason Garrett feels emboldened by his new toys and exhibits up with extra nerve and creativity.
If Lorenzo Carter or Ojulari or Oshane Ximines can convey the warmth. If Leonard Williams can ignore the strain of being a $21 million man and construct on his breakout 2020 season.
If Toney, who didn’t end apply, can work out how to cease slipping. “He’s a real twitchy and explosive athlete,” Jones mentioned.
The Cowboys welcome Dak Prescott again, however will left sort out Tyron Smith at 30 return wholesome and maintain up following neck surgical procedure? Can new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn manufacture a cross rush behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory? Is there a top quality free security in the home. Can Ezekiel Elliott cease fumbling? Is coach Mike McCarthy the reply for Jerry Jones?
The Washington Football Team options 38-year-old journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, he of the Fitzmagic-Fitztragic cut up character. Is second-round draft choose Samuel Cosmi the treatment at left sort out? The final group to repeat as NFC East champs was the 2004 Eagles.
I peg the Eagles final within the division. There is a query mark at cornerback reverse Darius Slay, and although first-round choose WR Devonta Smith is the true deal, the largest query mark is quarterback Jalen Hurts. Who will miss tight finish Zach Ertz when and if he’s traded.
The power of the Giants is their secondary, with Logan Ryan supplying peerless management, and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.
“We definitely got some more horses in the stable this year as you know,” Ryan mentioned, “but it’s a team sport. I mean, you have to come together and execute. To me it’s about execution and details and want-to and winning games is all that matters. I don’t play this game to have losing records and try to get one game better than 6-10. We have to take it one step at a time and the message is to build a foundation and embrace it.”
The basis was constructed final season. It’s time to home a division championship at 1925 Giants Drive.