Forget the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament! The New York Giants had their own version of March Madness over the past 31 days, an uncharacteristically busy free-agent frenzy that began to shape a roster that will look much different in 2014. Big Blue View was right here to tell you about all of it and, while discussing it is undoubtedly a little uncharacteristic chest-thumping, the Giants' version of March Madness led to the biggest month in the seven-plus (yes, I've been doing this that long) year history of Big Blue View.
- More than 2.4 million pages were viewed here at BBV
- More than 1 million visitors showed up to check out the place
- More than 364,000 unique visitors popped their heads in
Without belaboring it, all I can say is it's pretty amazing that the place has gotten this big. Anyway, let's look back at some of the headlines this month during the Giants' version of March Madness:
-- We predicted that the Giants would target offensive guard Geoff Schwartz in free agency. That, of course, came true. We also offered some reaction to the news.
-- We predicted which Giants' free agents would stay and which would go. I haven't looked back to see how well we did, but perhaps we should do that.
-- We were all over the news of Rashad Jennings' signing.
-- We accurately assessed the market for Hakeem Nicks, though we did not correctly predict where he would end up.
-- We ran a free-agent tracker to keep tabs on all of the free-agent comings and goings.
-- As much as we talked free agency, it was also pretty much Eric Ebron Month here in terms of our 2014 NFL Draft discussion:
- There was an Ebron prospect profile
- A one-on-one interview with Ebron
- We broke down film of Ebron
-- Weatherford Wednesday became a weekly staple.
-- We ran an 'Interactive' mock draft giving you a chance to vote on each selection for the Giants. We should do that again.
-- Before the signing period began we asked if you still trusted Giants' GM Jerry Rees.
-- We broke down the loss of defensive tackle Linval Joseph.
-- We asked who would play center when news broke that David Baas was being waived. We found out J.D. Walton will get first crack at the job.
-- We discussed the return of middle linebacker Jon Beason.
-- We discussed the loss to the Oakland Raiders of defensive end Justin Tuck.
-- We busted out 'Kudos & Wet Willies' to score the Giants' free-agency efforts.
-- The Giants signed linebacker Jameel McClain. With the help of Pro Football Focus we went in-depth to find out what he might bring to the Giants' defense.
-- The Giants signed veteran safety/kick returner Quintin Demps. We had the pleasure of interviewing Demps.
-- When Walter Thurmond signed we figured that was the big move the Giants would make to upgrade their secondary. We were wrong about that because the Giants stunningly added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
-- When the Giants signed John Jerry, we covered the story from every angle we could think of.
-- We began our 2014 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft.
We did a whole lot more than that around here, too, but you get the idea. It's been a busy place. March Madness, indeed