Maybe the title of this blog comes as surprising to some, but it really isn’t a crazy prediction. I wrote a blog 2 weeks ago about how this is the first time in years the Giants could have a respectable offense and defense, but if you’re asking me to pick which one I have more confidence in right now, it’s the offense. When the season ended in early January and you told me I would be saying this in June, I would say you were crazy.
So why exactly is it that the offense may outperform the defense?
I think the simple answer to this question is that the offense simply gained more and loss less than the defense. The offensive line was awful last year, and I think Joe Schoen did a good job of adding both veteran talent and young rookies to create competition and depth. Penciled in as starters are Andrew Thomas, Mark Glowinski, and Evan Neal. Now Neal is obviously a rookie, but he is expected to be very good and Glowinski and Thomas have already been very solid NFL lineman. The other two spots will be a competition between veterans and young players. The wide receiver group is returning all starters from last year and added rookie Wan’Dale Robinson who by all accounts is turning heads in OTA’s. I would say the two weaker spots on the offense are tight end and running back. Before you kill me for saying running back I’m not talking about Saquon Barkley. I believe Barkley can be very solid this year, and Matt Breida is a fine backup. Behind them though is where I have some worry, but there’s a long way to go before the season starts and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another player added to that group before the season begins. Tight End brings a lot of question marks, but also some promise. Ricky Seals-Jones and Jordan Akins have been fine NFL players and it will be interesting to see if rookie Daniel Bellinger can take over the starting role.
So why would this be the group that is the strong point of the team?
I think the offense’s biggest strength is the guys who will be calling the plays. Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka come from two of the best offenses in the NFL and it will be a night and day difference going from Jason Garrett to these 2. The one aspect of this offense I haven’t mentioned is Daniel Jones. I’ll keep my thoughts on him short and sweet. It is a make or break year for him, and I think under this coaching staff, he will have a very solid year.
Now, I want to make it clear that I don’t think the defense will be awful by any means. I just think there are question marks on that side of the ball. The biggest one being who will replace James Bradberry? The favorite is Aaron Robinson, and maybe he turns into a solid cornerback, but it’s certainly no guarantee. The depth behind Adoree’ Jackson is also filled with young unproven corners. Outside of corner, the defensive line also comes with question marks. Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams are obviously going to start, but who will play nose tackle? Justin Ellis has been around a long time, but that spot has been a problem since Dalvin Tomlinson departed and Ellis is no Tomlinson. The guys playing behind Lawrence and Williams is also a concern. The bottom line is that this defense brings me more concern than the offense does.
When I think about this Giants team, I get much more excited about the offense. Health will obviously be key with them, and I do believe the defense can be reliable, but the offense may just be the strong point of this team.
Now that’s a statement I didn’t think I would be saying on June 2nd, 2022.