As the 2015 season approaches why should New York Giants fans feel more hopeful that they did the last two seasons, when the Giants finished 6-10 and 7-9. Paul Dottino (WFAN, Giants.com) joined Pat Traina (Bleacher Report/Inside Football) and myself on the latest episode of the 'Big Blue Chat' podcast and answered that question.
Dottino said that fans should feel better because there are "potential answers to almost every question on the roster."
Are the Giants a playoff team?
"If everything goes right there's a chance in this division that they are a playoff team. I don't think it's out of the question," Dottino said. "They have improved in a couple of areas and at least they've got some potential solutions, some potential bodies that if they max out and stay healthy the Giants could be a postseason team again.
"I've been around a long time and I've seen a lot of Giants teams that I knew even if they maxed out they were probably only a six- or seven-win team at best. The good news is if this team maxes out they could be better than that."
Dottino also said that he is more concerned about right tackle, where journeyman Marshall Newhouse is penciled in as the starter, than about rookie Ereck Flowers on the left side."You have to be more concerned about right tackle. Marshall Newhouse's resume is not one that's gonna bowl you over," Dottino said. "There's a reason he's been with a couple of different organizations for a couple of different seasons and then been out on the street. The Giants got him for a song. That tells you to this point he hasn't proven that he can be a top-flight player.
"Flowers is going to make rookie mistakes, as every rookie will. The Giants out of necessity because of Beatty's injury will be forced to swallow whatever mistakes Flowers makes."
Pat and I also discussed our reaction to the news that the Giants and Eli Manning are expected to soon reach a contract extension.
NOTE: For whatever reason the audio quality of this broadcast is a little choppy. We apologize for that in advance.