Are the Giants Contenders or Pretenders?


John Kenworthy, Staff Writer

The New York Giants have been a complete dumpster fire over the last decade.

The last time they had a winning record was in 2016 under head coach Ben McAdoo. Ever since then they have gone through 4 head coaches and 2 general managers over a 6 year span.

This past offseason they made changes again, firing head coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman. The Giants hired ex-Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll and named him head coach, as well as hiring ex-Bills Assistant general manager Joe Schoen and naming him general manager. Both Daboll and Schoen had immense success in Buffalo. Most notably, Daboll is credited with transforming quarterback Josh Allen from a player that needed to develop into a star and arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.

Schoen’s success came in the form of drafting and trading. Notable players brought in by Schoen and his regime were star wide receiver Stefon Diggs and defensive back Micah Hyde who has proven to be a very good player at the safety position. Upon arrival in the Big Apple, Schoen and Daboll went right to work drafting edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux with the 5th overall pick and Right tackle Evan Neal with the 7th overall pick, as well as wide receiver Wan’dale Robinson in the second round.

Before the season started, everyone from analysts at NFL Network to the everyday person believed the Giants were going to finish with a losing record and let go of their 4th year quarterback Daniel Jones.

The G-men’s season started in the Music City where they were hosted by Derrick Henry and the defending AFC Champion Tennessee Titans. Shockingly, the Giants came out with a win. The Giants ended up getting off to a 2-0 start before falling to Cooper Rush and the Dallas Cowboys.

From then on the Giants went on a 4 game winning streak, most notably beating Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in week 6. However, this past weekend the Giants lost to the Seahawks in Seattle, dropping to 6-2.

This comes before the NFL trade deadline on November, 1 at 4:00 pm eastern time.

With the Giants in need of a wide receiver, and with big names such as Brandin Cooks, Jerry Jeudy, and DJ Moore on the trade market, the Giants are in an interesting position. If Joe Schoen believes that the Giants are a legit playoff contender he may add a big name receiver. However, if he doesn’t he will stay put at the deadline.

But the question must be raised: Are the Giants Contenders or Pretenders?