New York Giants: Four Problems that Need To Be Addressed

Kevin PapaCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 11:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles passes the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the New York Giants on January 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Eagles defeated the Giants 23-11. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The New York Giants have bolstered themselves with a solid few draft choices who should earn some playing time and who show good potential, as is the norm with general manager Jerry Reese.

But, even with these rookies, the Giants still have a few problems with their current staff. If solved these issues are solved, however, it should provide them with more than enough talent to regain their status as a strong, solid team.

This is what I think needs to be changed to fix the G-Men for good:


1. Finding a No. 1 Wideout

With the promise of a reliable defense this year, the lack of a No. 1 wide receiver is weighing the offense down. In order to establish a considerable advantage over other teams, the Giants need a good wide receiver, plain and simple.

Many teams survive, even prosper, without a great receiver, but the Giants looked confused toward the end of the season without Plaxico Burress.

I say, let all our existing players compete in training camp for this role, and the ones who make it stay. I'm tired of hearing about Sinorice Moss and Michael Jennings for three years, yet never see either really play.

Hakeem Nicks should be a starter, along with Ramses Barden, since I don't see Steve Smith as a No. 1 option yet.


2. Quarterback Reliability

While we're on the subject of offense, I think Eli Manning is easily a top 10 quarterback in the NFL. But he has trouble with his arm, especially playing in the windy stadium in New Jersey.

His erratic passing needs to be tweaked a bit, and if he can manage some accuracy, the Giants offense will be a force to be reckoned with.


3. Cornerback Conundrum

It seems that every other game, there is a new cornerback playing because of injuries or bad play. To remedy this, the coaching staff should invest its faith in Aaron Ross and Corey Webster.

Ross and Webster are fast, and usually make strong plays that reflect the kind of talent they have.

Terrell Thomas should be used in specific situations, and now that we have a cover specialist in linebacker Michael Boley, it should relieve some pressure at that position.


4. Improved Coaching

Every time I start to believe Kevin Gilbride is a smart coach, he calls some boneheaded play. Mostly, he is a good offensive coordinator, but he does not always use his offense the proper way.

He often runs the ball too much in a game where nothing is being affected by the ground attack, or allows Manning to blow through three downs with bad passing plays.

If Gilbride studies his opponents more and evaluates how each team is playing, he could better coordinate successful attacks.