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New York Giants' 2012 Season In Review: The offense -- an outside view

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Breaking down some of the key personnel decisions the New York Giants face on offense with the help of Ourlads analyst Jim Sabo.

David Diehl
David Diehl

On Thursday I gave you some insight from Ourlads NFL Scouting Services analyst Jim Sabo into the issues with the 2012 New York Giants' defense. Today, some thoughts from Sabo about the offense.

[Breaking down the defense]

To be honest, the Giants do not face as many issues on the offensive side of the ball as they do on defense. The Giants averaged 26.8 points per game, sixth in the league. Many of the issues revolved around health, and a sub-par year from quarterback Eli Manning. Thus, my conversation with Sabo was not as extensive about offensive personnel.

Still, there were a couple of positions worth discussing with some depth. Sabo's thoughts on those are below.

Right Tackle

Specifically, talking about this position meant we were discussing the future of veteran David Diehl, owed $4.1 million for next season, with the Giants.

"I think he's done. I think he makes too much money to even be a backup," Sabo said. "You've gotta get a right tackle in there, and I would look to draft a right tackle high in this draft, maybe first or second round.

"[Sean] Locklear gave them something, but Locklear's not the run blocker that they need, either."

Running Back

Ahmad Bradshaw gained 1,015 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry, but missed two games and rarely practiced the second half of the season as foot issues were again a problem. The primary question about Giants' running backs is whether or not the Giants can go forward with Bradshaw as an integral part of their running game.

"I think it's time to move on, as much as I love the guy," Sabo said. "He's one of the few guys that plays with real emotion.

"I don't think he's got much left, I really don't. Those foot and ankle problems. You can't keep having these guys not practice with the team and then trying to play on Sunday, and I think that's what he's come to. Much as I hate to see him go, I think they've gotta move on there."

Sabo did allow that the Giants might be able to move forward with Bradshaw as the backup to David Wilson, but added that "I think this team needs a real pounder to go with Wilson. Brown might be that guy."

Your thoughts, Giants' fans?