Regardless, we'll break them all down for you. The team issued their postseason autopsy today, citing the highs, lows and in-betweens from this pas season.
My comments are in italics:
The Giants were 6-10, their first double-digit loss season since they had the same record in Tom Coughlin’s debut season in 2004.
The Coughlin era has come full circle. So...why is he still here? Got any better ideas? I'm all ears.
The Giants finished 3-5 both at home and on the road. For the first time in their five seasons in MetLife Stadium they finished under .500 at home. Their previous losing record at home was a 3-5 mark in Giants Stadium in 2007, a season in which they won the Super Bowl. The Giants’ regular-season home record in MetLife is 22-18 (plus 1-0 as visitors).
As former Orlando Magic GM Pat Williams said,"We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As General Manager, I just can't figure out where to play."
The Giants were the third-place team in the NFC East for the second year in a row.
Face it. If Washington had their act together, the Giants would have been last.
The Giants were 2-4 in NFC East games. They swept Washington and were swept by Dallas and Philadelphia. The Giants were swept by the Eagles for the first time since 2010.
Again, thank God for the Washington Redskins.
The Giants scored 380 points and allowed 400. It was just the fifth time in franchise history they gave up at least 400 points.
It prompted the change at coordinator. Fewell was sent packing and Spags in back. Let's see if he he can make Chicken Kiev out this chicken salad.
The Giants finished 10th in the NFL in total offense with an average of 367.2 yards a game, a 59.7 yards-per- game improvement over their 2013 average of 307.5. It was the team’s largest one-year jump since 2005, when the Giants were ranked fourth in the league with an average of 361.7 yards game. That was a 66.6 yards-per- game increase over their 2004 average of 295.1. The 2005 season was the first in which Eli Manning started all 16 games.
Good job by new OC Ben McAdoo, but don't discount the impact of WR Odell Beckham, Jr. The rising tide raised all boats in this case.
The Giants totaled 5,875 net yards in 2014, the fourth-highest total in franchise history. They gained 6,161 yards in 2011, 6,085 in 2010 and 5,884 yards in 1985.
Again, the offense had two personalities: the Rashad Jennings effect and the Beckham infusion. Too bad they both didn't get to play together enough this season.
The Giants’ 336 first downs were the third-highest total in franchise history, trailing only the 356 first downs in 1985 and the 338 in 2008.
Unbelievable. The reason is the shorter route tree. The Giants' offense was geared to make first downs. What got lost, though, was the deep pass until late in the season with Beckham.
The 2014 Giants set a team record with 218 passing first downs, two more than the previous mark, set in 2011.
A result of the shorter pass attempts. Good job though. First downs are first downs no matter how you slice it.
The Giants set franchise records for completed passes with 383 (shattering the former mark of 359, set in 2011) and completion percentage with 63.1 (the former record of 62.9 was set in 2010).
Eli got hot while his accuracy and confidence improved. Can't wait for next year, when it should be even better.
The Giants finished with their second-highest totals in franchise history in passes attempted (607) and net passing yards (4,272). The records are 616 passes in 2003 and 4,734 yards in 2011.
The Jennings and Hillis injuries, plus getting behind in games caused the Giants to get away from the running game, but clearly, passing was their best option this past season.
The Giants scored at least 24 points in each of their final six games, their longest such streak since they scored 24 or more points in eight consecutive games from Sept. 29-Nov. 17, 1963.
That's the Beckham effect. He put pressure on defenses and opened up the entire crapshoot.
In 2014, the Giants outscored their opponents by 41 points in the first half (211-170) but were outscored by 61 points in the second half (230-169).
Lack of a running game and depth on defense. Andre Williams had a nice season, but he alone could not carry the freight. The defense hung tough, but got torched by the better QBs all season.
The Giants scored points on their first offensive possession five times in 2014. They were 2-0 when they scored a field goal and 0-3 when they scored a touchdown.
This means very little to me. Thoughts, anyone?
The Giants were 0-6 when they trailed after the first quarter.
Kind of odd, since the passing game was very good. The thing I find hard to believe is they were either ahead or tied after the first quarter in the other 10 games.
The Giants were 1-8 when they rushed for less than 100 yards.
Jerry Reese will be bringing in scores of RBs this spring. How many seasons is this team going to run out of RBs before he starts taking the position seriously.
They were 3-5 when they won the coin toss, 3-5 when they lost the coin toss.
That equals 6-10. Sounds about right.
The Giants’ defense allowed 6,012 net yards, the third-highest total by their opponents in franchise history. They yielded 6,134 yards in 2012 and 6,022 in the 2011 championship season.
Fewell's "bend-but-don't break" system finally broke. It was time for him to go.
The Giants were ranked 29th in the NFL in total defense, allowing 375.8 yards a game, after finishing eighth (332.3 yards per game) in 2013. The run defense ranked 30th (135.1 yards a game), while the Giants were 18th vs. the pass (240.6).
Again, Fewell's system was much of the problem but the talent was subpar, too, leading to a bad combination and result.
The Giants finished the season with 47 sacks, their highest total since they had 48 in 2011 (they had 34 sacks in 2013).
Numbers usually don't lie. In this case, they do. The Giants beat up on the bad teams, padding the stats. Most games they didn't apply enough pressure to make a difference.
The Giants had at least one sack in all 16 games for the first time since 2007.
Again, sacks are sacks but pressure - constant pressure - is what you strive for. It's nice they dirtied a few QBs in 2014 but they need to get that back.
Giants opponents kicked 29 field goals, matching the highest total of three-pointers ever against them. Their opponents also kicked 29 field goals in 1991, 1994 and 2013.
Hmmm. The defense did some good things this season and they made some third down stops that led to FGs, but, on the other hand, forcing three-and-outs and punts are more desired outcomes. The Giants were pretty good at that. They forced 74 punts in 2014, 17th best in the NFL.
Seven Giants started all 16 games this season: quarterback Eli Manning, left tackle Will Beatty, center J.D. Walton and right guard John Jerry on offense, and tackle Johnathan Hankins, end Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle on defense.
Eli and Rolle are no surprise, but Beatty and JPP were. Hankins is proving his worth. Give Walton and Jerry credit for their effort. They may not have been the optimal choices to play on the line, but their dedication and effort can't be questioned.[/sny-editorial]