NBA First Half Awards
With the season just over halfway done, let's look at the major awards. Feel free to disagree but it's James Hardens world right now and we're just living in it.
The New York Giants played very well against the Indianapolis Colts on the road on Sunday afternoon. It looked as if the Giants were going to dash the Colts playoff hopes, but Indianapolis beat them 28-27. The Colts led for the final 55 seconds in the game and it was those 55 seconds that mattered.
This loss for New York gives them 10 on the season and they have only won five games this season. For the fourth time in the past fives years, the New York Giants have lost double digit games. In 2014 and 2015 they went 6-10. In 2017, they went 3-13.
For a franchise that is in a big market, it is totally unacceptable and they have become the Cleveland Browns of the NFC. The last time the New York Giants lost 10 more or games in that kind of span was in 1978, 1979, 1980, and 1983.
New York will have one final game next Sunday afternoon at home against the Dallas Cowboys (9-6). This should be the last game that Eli Manning suits up in a New York Giants uniform, but it probably won't be because management is too loyal to him. Manning will be owed $23 million next season. They need to use the $23 million elsewhere and improve other parts on the roster. Eli Manning is 37 years old and he has been average this season.
This team needs more retooling this offseason. They need to draft another offensive lineman, pass rushers, corner backs, a wide receiver, and a quarterback in the first-round. Speaking of quarterbacks, they have scratched Kyle Lauletta the last two weeks after playing in a game against the Washington Redskins on the road. He went 0-for-5 with a interception. The New York Giants are putting him in the dog house after that showing and he isn't getting a fair chance.
This is the second consecutive season where they had a chance to look at a potential successor to Eli Manning and they have botched it. Management is ruining the future of this football team. A lot of teams are set at the quarterback position for the next 5-10 years and the New York Giants are not one of them. The three other teams that will need to draft a quarterback this offseason is the Washington Redskins, the Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jagaurs.
The Giants do have some key pieces in place for the future like Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Hernandez, Jamon Brown, B.J. Hill, Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Landon Collins. Collins will be a free agent at the end of the season and they need to re-sign him.
The New York Giants will have anywhere between 9-11 picks right now and they might even have more before the draft in April. New York should try and trade corner back Janoris Jenkins this offseason and outside linebacker/defensive end Olivier Vernon for extra draft picks.
Both of those players don't have cheap contracts and getting them off the books would clear up more cap room for this team. Clearing up cap space should be one of the top priorities this offseason. Another priority should be scouting and acing players in the NFL Draft. The third priority should be to treat Eli Manning with grace and send him out the right way. I will have a New York Giants offseason preview piece sometime next week.