New York Giants: 10 things we learned last season

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Oct 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jon Beason (52) during the second half at Soldier Field. The Bears beat the Giants 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

9. Last Season Was No Fluke

The Giants went 9-7 in 2012 after winning the Super Bowl in 2011. The Giants had the Super Bowl in the rear view mirror so we could live with missing the postseason for a season. Then the Giants went 7-9 in their 2013 campaign. The Giants started the season 0-6 and they finished winning seven of their last ten games. Because the team came on strong in the second half of the season the 0-6 start was deemed an aberration and the Giants would be fine…right?

Wrong. The Giants fell even farther into mediocrity when the team went 6-10 this past season. There is no longer any excuses. This didn’t just magically happen by accident. This is something that we probably should have seen coming and this is something that was obviously not a fluke.

The Giants were not a complete football team by any stretch of the imagination last season. The offensive line was a mess. There was no running game and there was no defensive toughness. The Giants failed to get the job done. They played bad football and it is as simple as that.

The Giants now need to face their problems and move on. To use the infamous words of Denny Green after his Cardinals lost to the Bears one Monday night, the Giants are who we thought they were and Tom Coughlin better not let this team off the hook. We know the team’s flaws and it is time to move forward and stop regressing.

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