Despite abysmal 2017 season, Giants have high expectations for 2018 season

Fans of the New York Giants experienced an incredibly frustrating 2017 season.
The team opened the season with high expectations after being one of the top teams in 2016 and going to the playoffs. It fell incredibly short of those expectations, however, going an astounding 3-13 this season.
This was easily the Giants’ worst season in franchise history, and that is saying something, as the team is one of the oldest NFL franchises, and has quite a history.
The team is almost 100 years old and has never performed so badly.
The 2017 season also featured major injuries to the team’s biggest stars, including Odell Beckham Jr. and Landon Collins, which means there was almost no reason to even watch the team play. Then, adding insult to injury, the Giants’ staunch rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, won the NFC East and went on to win the Super Bowl, a game Big Blue’s fans could not enjoy because both the Eagles and the New England Patriots are hated franchises.
The Giants’ fans were forced to wallow in misery as their worst fan nightmares played out, from the terrible season, to the injuries, the infighting and finally the “Super Bowl from hell.”
Additionally, the team’s former head coach Ben McAdoo benched and embarrassed franchise quarterback Eli Manning for no real reason.There is still hope for Giants fans, however. The team cleaned house and is gearing up for next year.
It hired a new general manager, Dave Gettleman, who has a good record of building a winning franchise and a strong team history.
Gettleman has already expressed his optimism for the team this season and demonstrated his no-nonsense attitude to the team.
He has already gotten rid of some underperforming players and made his first big hire in head coach Pat Shurmur, who just won coordinator of the year at the NFL Honors ceremony.
Shurmur also shares the same mindset as Gettleman when it comes to no-nonsense football, and it is always a good sign when the coach and general manager are on the same page. The Giants themselves are also still loaded with talent, with superstars such as Beckham, Collins, Damon “Snacks” Harrison, Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul on both sides of the ball.
The team had some breakout rookies like Darian Thompson, who played well at free safety, and Evan Engram, who resembled a young Jimmy Graham at tight end.
Wayne Gallman also showed a few flashes of excellence running behind a porous strong offensive line. The Giants may still look to draft a running back with the second overall pick to solidify the position.
The Giants still have a lot of issues in a myriad of areas, but they have a lot of strengths too.Even though the team has hit rock bottom, the only direction from there is up.

February 12, 2018

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