2 years removed from narrowely losing his job, Coach Coughlin leads his defending champion NY Football Giants into the 2008 season in hopes of continuing the hot streak that resulted in them hoisting the Lombardi Tropy. It is more than likely DCoordinators Steve Spagnola's last year with them team, as he will more than likely move on to the greener pastures of a head coaching....49ers/Rams/Raiders?
Eli has proved he was worth the #1 pick and now look to become a more consistent QB that is as good as big brother. Behind him you have the Hefty Lefty, David Carr and rookie Andre Woodson....it's probably the end of the road for the Pillsbury Throwboy. The run game will be powered by the 3 headed monster of Jacobs, Bradshaw, and Ward. Shockey could have a break out season as he was not moved in the offseason and Boss should continue to develop. Plaxico is a proven stud, Amani Toomer is getting closer and closer to declaring for Social Security, Sinorice Moss did abolutely nothing his rookie year (doubtful he will follow through on his promise to have "a break thru year this year") and David Tyrees career peaked with the catch. The Giants drafted giggle-bush smoking Mario Manningham who has seemed to be getting worse and worse after leaving Michigan. This group benefited much more from a strong run game then people realize. However, as long as the oline stays healthy and Eli is consistent, the Giants should have no trouble moving the ball on offense.
Michael Strahan is still mulling retirement, and word on the street is that Osi is quietly pining for a new contract...which does not fair well for the Giant due to the massive contracts thrown at his position to Dwight Freeney and Jared "Wine 'Em, Dine 'Em, 69 'Em" Allen http://blogs.pitch.com/plog/2008/03/jared_allens_a_club_dedicated_to_the_man_--_and_to_all_things_69.php
Kawika Mitchell was lost to Buffalo, Antonio Pierce is a year older and Mathias Kiwanuka is sitll unproven at LB. Unless you see some incredible play from the interior line in Coefield, Robbins and Alford (whom, on a side note, I had GeoSci20 with as a freshman at Penn State...if you can call Jay showing up 1 time all semester as "going to class"...but hey, when you're rich, you don't write checks, Straight Cash Homey!) the Giants LBs will become a liability for the Defense. Aaron Ross, who was slowly weened into the defense, looks to be legit, while Sam Madison is garbage. Gibril Wilson was lost to the Black Hole of Oakland and thus rookie Kenny Phillips will be expected to step right in and play. Phillips will be wearing #21 in honor of fallen fellow Miami Hurricane Sean Taylor. If the d-ends continue to wreak havoc on quarterbacks, the secondary should easily holtheir own.
The Giants did not field a "great team" last year but knew what to do to win games when it counted. If they can stay healthy, they should easily make the playoffs but will have trouble duplicating last years success.