Ever since the disappointment of last year finished its collapse, Giants fans everywhere circled August 1st on their calendars. August 1st marked the hope for a new season. August 1st meant they could put started 5-0 and missing the playoffs behind them.
Now, tomorrow, Saturday is exactly one week before August 1st, the start of training camp.
Plenty of eyes will be on the Giants, but specifically certain players and personnel. Tom Coughlin enters the seat on the hot seat. Of course, it’s not the first itme he’s been on the preverbial hot seat nor is he the first Giants coach to find himself there. Jim Fassell practically vacationed there during his later seasons. Many will be looking at Osu Umenyiora’s attitude and demeanor, to say nothing of his battle to start at defensive end. In fact, the entire defense under new coordinator Perry Fewell will be scrutinized. Brandon Jacobs will be a focal point of attention. As will special teams, both the returners and the punter with the retirement of Jeff Feagles.
There will be plenty of storylines and a new voice to guide you through them as I’m stepping aside.