This will be the final installment of Philly.com's award winning "dumpster fire series," as we'll take a detailed look at the Giants and why they'll fail in 2014. In case you missed it we did the Cowboys earlier this week, and then the Redskins.
To note, we are not talking about the positives of any of the Eagles' NFC East rivals (not that there are many), because, as we expained in parts one and two of this series, screw that. Also to note, this is an updated version of a piece that was originally published in the Eagles Almanac, which I can say without any hyperbole may be the best piece of literature in the history of mankind.
1) Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions last season, with 27.
Over the last two seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 42.
Over the last three seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 58.
Over the last four seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 83.
Over the last five seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 97.
Over the last six seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 107.
Over the last seven seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 127.
Over the last eight seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 145.
Over the last nine seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 162.
Over the last ten seasons, Eli Manning led the NFL in interceptions, with 171.
Of course, you can pretty much do the same thing with Super Bowl MVPs, but… shut up.
2) A list of QBs with at least 230 pass attempts in 2013 who had a better passer rating than Eli Manning: Chad Henne, Jason Campbell, Case Keenum, Christian Ponder, Kellen Clemens, Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, EJ Manuel, and Brandon Weeden.
3) The Giants’ projected starter at running back is Rashad Jennings, who is 29 years old and has 70 more rushing yards over his entire career than LeSean McCoy had in 2013.
4) QUICK -- NAME THE GIANTS' TIGHT ENDS! ANY OF THEM!
Did you come up with Larry Donnell, Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson? Apparently, the Giants are going "TE by committee" this season, which is the nicer way of saying "We're embarrassed to admit any of these guys are starting for us." Here are their career numbers:
5) Chris Snee announced his retirement this offseason and free agent OG acquisition Geoff Schwartz dislocated his toe, leaving him on short-term IR. All three of the Giants’ interior OL starters will be new, and not one player along the line will have ever played with the guy next to him on either side. There is no almost no continuity here whatsoever, and minimal NFL experience (career starts in parenthesis).
6) One area that was looking like a potential strength for the Giants was at WR. I'm not so sure about that. Victor Cruz is a good player, but he had a down year (73-998-4) in 2013, partly because opposing defenses keyed on him. Rueben Randle has talent, but he struggled with the Giants' option routes under Kevin Gilbride. The thinking is that he'll be better in a new offense, in that his mistakes won't lead to easy interceptions. Of course, now he has to learn a new timing-based offense, which isn't easy. Good luck with all that, Eli. Meanwhile, first round pick (12th overall) Odell Beckham doesn't appear to be playing anytime soon. Cruz is basically the only good, proven skill player on this offense. Expect opposing defenses to key on him again.
7) The Giants won the Super Bowl after the 2007 and 2011 seasons, largely on the strength of their dominant pass rush. Their top four pass rushers those two seasons combined for 72 sacks. In 2012 and 2013, the Giants’ top four pass rushers combined for 45.5 sacks. They are no longer harassing opposing quarterbacks with their front four the way they formerly did.
8) Over the last two seasons, Brandon Graham has the same number of sacks and two more forced fumbles than Jason Pierre-Paul.
9) Old friend Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a disaster once the Eagles’ season fell apart in 2012, but he revived his career with a good year in Denver in 2013. In Denver, the Broncos often played with a lead, and DRC stayed interested. If the Giants’ season gets off to a sluggish start, will DRC still play hard, or will we see the guy who considered tackling “optional?”
10) This isn't really a reason the Giants will be a dumpster fire in 2014, but here's Eli Manning after each of his #27INT last season, in gif form.
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