The New York Football Giants finished the 2014 season with a 6-10 record. For the third straight year, Big Blue missed the playoffs and finished the season with a losing record for the second year in a row. Owner John Mara called finishing 6-10, “an embarrassment”. New York has seen that winning a Super Bowl is not easy, but you need to qualify for the playoffs before you win a Super Bowl. The playoff drought has fans and management searching for answers. However, one answer that the Giants believe they have figured out is at head coach.
For the first time in the Jerry Reese era, there’s a free agent frenzy in New York. The cash-strapped Giants cleared enough cap space to improve the offensive line, pluck one of the top free agents on the market from Denver, and totally revamp their secondary and return game. For Giants fans, this isn’t the norm.
As the saying goes, Bigger is better. That seemed to be a theme at the 2013 NFL Draft Thursday night as nine of the thirty-two picks were offensive linemen, one of whom is on his way to East Rutherford to play for Big Blue. The Giants selected Syracuse left tackle Justin Pugh with the 19th overall pick in the draft, which was a surprise to many (cough cough, myself) who thought the Giants would take their chances on one of the athletic pass rushers who were available at number 19 (cough cough , again, myself) or Xavier Rhodes, the talented Florida State cornerback. But as General Manager Jerry Reese alluded to in his presser, for as long as the Giants have been around, and it has been awhile, they have always picked the best player available. Justin Pugh fits the bill.