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Giants Morning Report: Evaluation time begins for Giants

New York Giants headlines for Monday, 12/29.

The Giants head into another playoff-less off-season
The Giants head into another playoff-less off-season
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Good morning, New York Giants. Today marks the first day of the off-season for your Giants. Let's begin it with a quick check of the headlines.

From Big Blue View

In case you missed any of the coverage from these pages over the past couple of days, here is some of it:

-- Our final 'Kudos & Wet Willies' game review

-- The Giants' 2015 schedule and opponents

-- The Giants will pick ninth in the 2015 NFL Draft

-- Jason Pierre-Paul, Antrel Rolle head to free agency

-- Five things we learned Sunday

-- Tom Coughlin sounds like he plans to stay

-- Odell Beckham smashes more records

Around The Inter-Google

ESPN's Dan Graziano writes that the Giants' biggest off-season priority is to be honest with themselves.

The Giants should be looking at absolutely everything and everyone with a critical eye. It makes no sense that the job status of GM Jerry Reese, with his draft record, isn't even questioned. It shouldn't be automatic that Coughlin, who has won playoff games in only two of his 11 Giants seasons, returns just because the Giants don't want to be a team that fires coaches. And if performance dictates otherwise, it shouldn't be a slam-dunk that Fewell or special-teams coordinator Tom Quinn comes back just because Coughlin likes coaching with them.

Huge decisions loom about player personnel, of course, at the end of all of this. They can't get lulled to sleep by the fact that the offensive line was a bit better in December than it was in September. All offensive lines are. The Giants' line still needs better players. They need to overhaul the pass rush -- the Giants' sack total was inflated by a strong finish -- either around a re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul or around a viable playmaking replacement. They need to address safety and linebacker, look honestly at the run game and decide what the best thing is to do about Manning and his contract.

Ralph Vacchiano is drinking the 'things look good heading into 2015' Kool-Aid. Mostly, Vacciano believes the promise of the new offense makes it worth keeping Tom Coughlin and Ben McAdoo.

Gary Myers of the Daily News believes Coughlin should get to stick around for the final year of his contract -- without defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

Ian O'Connor writes that Eli Manning still gives the Giants their best chance to win.

WFAN says Coughlin still has the support of the players.

Pat Traina offers a list of takeaways from the 2014 season.