It is Memorial Day Weekend, which means for all intents and purposes summer is here. The NFL never sleeps, though, and that means Big Blue View doesn't, either. With that in mind, let's open up the Big Blue View mailbag and see what's on your mind.
This weekend's questions come from our friends at Big Blue View's Facebook page.
Jason Montañez asks: Is the plan for Nikita Whitlock to move to D solely now that we have another FB?
Ed says: This question has come up a few times, and the answer would appear to be no. Whitlock has worked exclusively with the offense in any practices we have seen so far. It was fun to see Whitlock, in a very limited role, rush the passer successfully a few times last season. Still, the guy is 5-foot-10 and at most between 250 and 260 pounds. NFL defensive tackles are four or five inches taller and anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds heavier. I don't know how anyone thinks Whitlock can make a full-time switch to defensive tackle. It's just not realistic.
Dryan Bavis asks: What does linebacker look like in the long term?
Ed says: I think that's a good question, but I think the pressing question is figuring out what it looks like in 2016 first. The Giants have put themselves in a position where they don't have stars, but they have options and right now they are sorting through combinations to see what they like. Long-term? It's entirely possible that out of the linebackers who make the team this year the only ones who remain with the Giants in 2017 are Devon Kennard and fourth-round pick B.J. Goodson.
Ryan Bingham asks: What will be the biggest difference we see on the field with the transition from Coughlin to McAdoo?
Ed says: There really isn't any way to answer that right now. All we know is that practices are somewhat different, with more music playing, drills we haven't seen before and some changes in tempo. How any of that translates to what happens during games we just have to wait and see.
John Hester asks: Do you think we are championship caliber since our offense was top tier last year and we have improved our defense?
Ed says: John, let's not put the cart before the horse. Let's not try to run before being able to walk. In other words, let's not get ahead of ourselves. No, I don't think the Giants are championship-caliber. Anything can happen, but the Giants haven't made the playoffs in four years. They haven't had a winning season since 2012. There are still lots of holes and question marks about this team, including the depth and how the rookie head coach will actually handle the job when the games begin. Be happy if they are better, if they can get to 8-8 or 9-7, if they can earn a playoff berth. The Giants have had a good offseason, but they haven't suddenly morphed into a team with a roster as good as the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos or Arizona Cardinals.
Christopher Brian Tice asks: I've heard some analysts predict the GMEN to go under 8-8 and go over 8-8, what would you say are reasons for either outcome?
Ed says: In a perfect world, every offseason move the Giants made will turn out right. Ben McAdoo will be the second coming of Bill Belichick. Every free agent will be a star. Every draft pick will contribute. The world, though, isn't perfect. McAdoo might be great, but he will make mistakes. Not every free agent signing will work out the way the Giants hoped -- they never do. Not every draft pick will succeed -- they never do. There will be injuries -- there always are. Maybe Victor Cruz turns back the clock to 2011. Maybe he never plays another NFL down. There are so many variables. Here are a couple of other takes on that question:
Alex Szypulski asks: Ed - in your opinion, should the Giants consider making a move for Ronald Leary? I think he would be a huge upgrade over Jerry, but I also don't see the Cowboys trading him to a division rival...
Ed says: Leary, for those who don't know, is a fifth-year player for the Dallas Cowboys who lost his starting job due to the arrivals of Zack Martin and La'el Collins over the past two years. Leary, as far as I can tell, has always played left guard, where the Giants have Justin Pugh. Is he better than Pugh? I don't think so. Can he play the right side? I don't know. If he can, is he better than John Jerry? Again, I'm not sure about that. Do you want to surrender a draft pick for a guy who might not even start? I sure don't. Yes, I think the Giants should continue sifting through available players for offensive line upgrades, but I don't think trading for Leary is the answer. Or even a realistic option.
Adam Schmidt asks: The amount of faith our front office is putting in a second year 7th round pick, Bobby Hart, is a little disconcerting. If he doesn't develop the way they hope he does, that leaves Newhouse as the default RT and leaves us with almost no depth at tackle. Out of all the positions on the team, do you think that OT is the most likely position for the FO to target for a spring/summer pickup? Do you think they might even trade DRC for extra help on the O-line? On paper our O-line isn't that scary, but a couple of injuries and it will start to look like a nightmare. You can say that about many areas of the team I suppose.
Ed says: No offense Alex, and I'm not picking on you but this type of question always makes me laugh. It never ceases to amaze me how so much of the fan base spends so much time screaming about and complaining that the Giants don't give their young, unproven guys a chance. Then, as soon as it looks like they might actually give a young guy a chance another part of the fan base -- or maybe even the same part, I don't know -- screams and complains and worries because the Giants might actually turn to a young player and let him prove himself.
Yes, I will say over and over -- as I've already done in this post -- that I think the Giants will continue to look for offensive line upgrades. If they find a player they think is better than Newhouse they will try to make a move. If they find players better than the reserves they have, they will try to bring them in. No, I don't believe they are going to trade Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for offensive line help. I know some have speculated about dealing DRC, but if you trade DRC for offensive line help you effectively solve one problem by creating another. You need at least three quality corners in the NFL. Right now, the Giants have DRC, Janoris Jenkins and an untested first-round pick in Eli Apple. They need more corners, not less. Unless they are able to make other moves to supplement the position, trading DRC makes no sense.