How New York Giants can follow Bengals’ worst-to-Super Bowl path
Hire a competent coaching staff
While on paper it seems as if the New York Giants have already done this, only time will tell.
One of, if not the biggest downfalls of the NY Giants this season was a lack of competent coaches. Whether it be Joe Judge, Jason Garrett, Freddie Kitchens, etc. the coaching staff, for the most part, was pretty bad.
This season, the Bengals offense ranked 7th in passing yards, 7th in passing TD’s, 23rd in rushing yards, and 15th in rushing touchdowns. While the surplus of talent certainly helped this out, let’s not forget how smart offensive coordinator Brian Callahan has been with utilizing this talent. This is something the NY Giants struggled to do, as rookie Kadarius Toney was misused for the majority of the season.
While the Bengals’ pass defense struggled this season, ranking seventh in passing yards allowed and 18th in passing touchdowns allowed, their rushing defense was impeccable, ranking 28th in rushing yards allowed and 17th in rushing touchdowns allowed. While outside of their top-five ranking in rushing yards allowed this may not be that impressive, don’t forget how well this defense has performed in the playoffs. Most notably forcing Patrick Mahomes to throw two interceptions in the AFC Championship while also doing the impossible and stopping them in overtime.
If the new coaching staff of the New York Giants can replicate even a portion of the success of which the Bengals coaches had this season it would go a long way towards turning the franchise’s fortunes around.