The New York Giants kept their coaching staff in place largely because the promise shown by the offense in the second half of the season. Ben McAdoo found his stride as a play caller and his offense was soaring to end the season.
Eli Manning had one of the most impressive seasons of his career. He threw for 4,410 yards, a number he has only beaten in one season. He threw 30 touchdown passes; his career high is 31.
Manning had the highest completion percentage of the year. His 14 interceptions were a breath of fresh air, considering he was picked off 27 times last year. To put this in perspective, a 2 time Super Bowl MVP had arguably his best season and his team went 6-10.
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The Giants found two stars for Manning to throw the football to. Odell Beckham was good beyond belief. The rookie wide receiver averaged 14.3 yards per reception and established himself as one of the most reliable big play making receivers in the game.
Larry Donnell emerged as a go-to tight end in his second season with the Giants. Donnell, who had only 3 receptions last year, had 63 receptions this season.
The Giants offensive line was one of the major problem areas of the 2014 season. Pass protection was often a major issue and the run blocking was not dominant. The Giants though, seemed to fix their offensive line woes in the final stretch of the season. This was on display against the Rams vaunted defensive line in Week 16.
The Giants won the battle up front against one of the most disruptive defensive lines in football and put up 37 points on the scoreboard. The Giants can’t wait to add Geoff Schwartz back onto the line as he missed most of this season due to injury.
Aug 3, 2014; Canton, OH, USA; New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz (74) during the 2014 Hall of Fame game against the Buffalo Bills at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
New York is also excited to welcome a healthy Victor Cruz back into the line up next season. Victor Cruz will add another big play threat to the offense. Opponents will have to choose their poison in Cruz or Beckham.
Donnell and Rueben Randle are also decent receiving options that will take advantage of the two stars on the outside.
The Giants had the 7th ranked passing game in 2014. Considering how many problems this team has had that is remarkably encouraging. The Giants look to build off this next season towards more victories. If the defense can get its act together, 2015 may be an exciting year for the Giants in quite some time.