Never ending offensive line rebuild
It’s a tale as old as time, the Giants struggling along the offensive line.
Gettleman vowed to rebuild the offensive line upon arrival, and boasted this summer that the Giants were “closer than ever,” to completing the rebuild after drafting left tackle Andrew Thomas No. 4 overall and signing veteran journeyman Cam Fleming at right tackle.
However, the missteps along the offensive line have only created a succession of tripwires the past three seasons.
Missing out on guard Andrew Norwell in free agency in 2018 led Gettleman to make Nate Solder the highest-paid offensive line ever, only for the former New England Patriots tackle to go bust in his two seasons with the Giants.
Patrick Omameh didn’t even finish his first season with the Giants after signing that same spring. Gettleman never drafted a possible replacement to push Ereck Flowers at right tackle, which as led to Band-aids Mike Remmers and Fleming starting there the past two seasons.
Despite throwing draft picks, premium money in free agency, and acquiring right guard Kevin Zeitler as part of the Beckham trade with the Browns, the Giants still field one of the league’s worst offensive lines — including a center who never played a snap at the position at any level of football before this year’s season opener.
For as much as Gettleman boasts about the value of “Hog Mollies,” he has somehow left the Giants’ offensive line worse than it was upon his arrival, which has severely stunted Jones’ development and sabotaged any hope of running the football.
The Giants aren’t going to be in a position to compete for the playoffs, or consistently play competitively in games, until the talent across the offensive line significantly improves.
That might wind up being Gettleman’s ultimate failure.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.