The New York Giants’ long and disappointing 2013 season is officially in the books. And in what might be the understatement of 2013, what a bizarre and disappointing season it was!
The injury bug was relentless—14 players were officially placed on injured reserve by Week 17 (including linebacker Dan Connor, who was released from injured reserve earlier this year).
Of those, seven—offensive linemen David Baas and Chris Snee, fullback Henry Hynoski, running back David Wilson, safety Stevie Brown, linebacker Dan Connor and cornerback Corey Webster—were projected to be starters on opening day.
Because of all the injuries, Tom Rock of Newsday noted that the Giants fielded a lot of different starters this season, coming pretty close to the NFL record:
Giants have used 63 players this year, including 46 different starters which is four short of the NFL record.
— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) December 27, 2013
Another unusual staple of the Giants’ 2013 season was that the “franchise,” quarterback Eli Manning, spent more time fearing for his health behind a disastrous offensive line than he did making those dynamic plays that Giants fans have become accustomed to seeing.
And with good reason, as Manning finally was cut down by an opponent, suffering a high ankle sprain in the regular-season finale.
In perhaps the weirdest of occurrences this season, the Giants lost their first six games of the season, a first for Tom Coughlin, whose teams usually jump out to a strong start.
That six-game losing streak was the worst start to a season since 1976, when they lost nine games in a row.
But it’s all over now, so breathe deeply and know that the rubble from this once-promising season will be quickly swept away.
Also know that there were a few bright spots in this lost year on which the team can build a future.
Here are the final, no-holds-barred grades for every starter. Note: The grades from Pro Football Focus do not take into consideration the Giants' regular-season finale against Washington.
Patricia Traina is the senior editor for Inside Football. All quotes and information obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. Follow Patricia on Twitter, @Patricia_Traina. All stats are from Pro Football Focus (subscription required), unless otherwise noted.