by Jeff Pilgrim @Jeff_NYG
For most teams, the objective is clear: Go out and find a way to win.
Unfortunately this isn’t the case if you’re a Giants fan. We are once again faced with the dilemma of trying to win games and actually feel good about ourselves – or lose to improve our 2020 draft position.
If you’re an optimist like myself, you look at it as a win/win scenario.
If the Giants go out there, shock the world, and win 4 or 5 of their last 6 games, I’d be ecstatic. We would have won a few games we weren’t supposed to. We play the Packers and the Eagles twice down the stretch. We’d still have a top-10 draft pick and would carry some momentum into next season.
Nah, Let’s Lose!
On the flip side, if we only win the games we’re supposed to (Miami and Washington as I see it), we’d be 4-12 on the season and probably own the #3 draft position. We’d have a solid chance to land a franchise-changing Defensive End in Chase Young. This is a position of massive need for the Giants.
Win or lose, we need to see a competitive Giants team next season.
It’s been a horrendous stretch for the Giants organization, and I include our fans in that group. With the anticipated high draft-pick and the free agency money available, next season should be a massive step in the right direction.
Here are a few things I’m looking for in the remainder of this season.
- – Daniel Jones needs to show massive improvement in ball security. He’s cut down on interceptions but the fumbles have got to stop.
- – Our secondary needs to gel as a unit, stop letting receivers roam free.
- – Our kicker needs to stop missing extra points.
- – The Giants have to stop falling behind by 14 points in the 1st Q.
In 2016, our bitter rivals each had a top-4 pick in the draft. The Eagles drafted Carson Wentz 2nd overall and the Cowboys landed Zeke at #4. How’d that work out for them? They’ve both been playoff teams ever since. Granted, one pick doesn’t satisfy an entire roster needed to win. If the Giants land a powerhouse DE, it will drastically improve the outlook of our defense and our team overall.
We only get 4 months of Giants football every year, let’s try to enjoy it. Win or lose, better days are coming…and that’s the point!