The New York Giants have hired a general manager. They will soon hire a head coach. After that, the new decision-makers will have a great many things to do. What is the biggest need of all for the 2018 version of the Giants?
ESPN, in looking at the biggest need for all 32 teams, went to the old standby of “find a left tackle.”
Well, aside from hiring a new head coach -- which is pretty important -- the Giants need offensive linemen. Lots of them. Tackle/guard Justin Pugh, center Weston Richburg and guard D.J. Fluker are their best linemen, and they're all free agents. The line also wasn't especially good with them, mostly because this team desperately needs to do something at offensive tackle. To start, the Giants have to find a competent left tackle somewhere. It's mandatory this offseason. Not doing it last offseason contributed to Jerry Reese's firing.
I would simply have said “fix the offensive line.” Basically, that is what Jordan Ranaan said here. The Giants have decisions to make at all five offensive line positions — there isn’t a single position right now with a certain starter for the 2018 season. Finding a left tackle is certainly part of it -- they simple cannot put Ereck Flowers there again.
There are, of course, others:
- Figuring out a quarterback plan, for 2018 and beyond
- Fixing the locker room culture
- Fixing the leaky defense, probably starting at the linebacker/pass rush level