The New York Giants entered the 2013 NFL season with high hopes. They floundered down the stretch of the 2012-2013 season just missing the playoffs. The Giants re-signed some key free agents, including WR Victor Cruz, OT Will Beatty, S Stevie Brown and RB Andre Brown. They also signed TE Brandon Myers, LB Dan Connor and DT’s Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins to free agent contracts. The off-season moves and belief in HC Tom Coughlin led to an optimistic mindset.
Coughlin had 2 Super Bowl wins heading into his 10th season as HC of the Giants. The Giants have been up and down under Coughlin, but this had the feel of a good year. QB Eli Manning was coming off an average year and was looking to bounce back. Eli has been clutch over his career when it mattered. He has been suspect the rest of the time. You never see the best of Eli until big situations arise.
Eli’s offense was led by Pro Bowler Cruz and Hakeem Nicks at the WR positions and 2nd year Rueben Randle. The additions of TE Myers and WR Louis Murphy led many to believe the passing game had a chance to be explosive. The emergence of RB Andre Brown last season prior to his injury opened eyes to his abilities and hopes of David Wilson living up to the hype. With a healthy Brown, the offense had a chance to be very good. His body again had other plans.
The Giants defense made some key acquisitions and re-signings in the off-season and looked to be much improved on paper. Injuries again took its toll on this team.
Following an 0-6 start to the season, the whispers began yet again for the firing of Coughlin. You would hear things like “he lost the team,” and “they need to go a new direction.” These same words have been said far too often during Coughlin’s tenure. Many believe he should have been fired on more than one occasion. Every time, Coughlin seemed to follow that up with a Super Bowl victory. 2013 just wasn’t one of those years.
The Giants finished the season much better than they started and that secured Coughlin’s job at the end of the year. The Giants finished with a 7-9 record and 3rd place finish in the once tough NFC East division. It was an injury riddled season, but with a strong finish and hope that players can stay healthy there is again a lot to be optimistic for moving forward.
Source: Big Blue Interactive.com