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Giant’s OT’s: Do the Venerable Bookends Need Upgrading?

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Dependable when healthy

Although it was counter-intuitive of me, due to the rash of injuries, once I attached metrics to the performance of the offensive line I was surprised to learn that the unit actually performed quite well, in fact a top 5 unit. “The Giants gained a franchise-record 6,085 yards, the first 6,000-yard season in their history. They were fifth in the NFL in offense with an average of 380.3 yards and they scored 48 touchdowns, which was tied for the third-highest total in team history. The Giants’ 3,885 net passing yards were the third-highest total in team history and they tied the Indianapolis Colts by allowing an NFL-low 16 sacks. That was easily the fewest sacks allowed by the Giants since the 16-game season was instituted in 1978” .(Giants.com)

On the other hand Eli Manning’s interceptions were a problem though it might be argued that there were an inordinate number of tipped/dropped balls that resulted in turnovers. However, on more than a few occasions Manning was getting rid of the ball a little sooner than he would have liked and that might suggest an improvement is needed on the offensive line (not to completely excuse Manning for some dubious decision making). The Giants have made the strategic decision that much of the improvement will come from players currently on the roster who are now healthy. Despite 6 different unit lineups the Giants, in no small part due to Pat Flaherty’s tutelage, still found ways to get the job done.

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