Big Changes Are Needed for Big Blue

Mike GliddonCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach of the New York Giants, Tom Coughlin watches on from the sideline against the Carolina Panthers at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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I'm truly at a loss for words.

That never happens when I'm talking about my New York Giants.

After waking up this morning, I thought to myself, "I know they don't have anything to play for today, but there is no way the G-Men put up another stinker like they did last week against Carolina."

Boy was I wrong.

After watching the first quarter, I couldn't stand to watch another minute.

How does a team put up such a bad second half of a season, two years removed from a Super Bowl championship? HOW?!?

The defense played uninspired. The offense was lackluster. The demeanor on the sideline looked like they were attending their own funeral.

And for some players, they were. Well, the funeral for their career in a New York Giants uniform.

There are obviously several key problems on this team that have been exposed through a stretch of losing not seen in years.

Offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator positions will need to be questioned. With questionable play-calling on both sides of the ball, Jerry Reese should at the very least keep options open for both positions.

The defensive line was supposed to be the deepest and possibly best pass-rushing unit in the league. The Giants finished with a dismal 32 sacks. Bad enough for 18th in the league. That's in the lower half in case you were wondering.

The front line has impressive names, but that means nothing if they don't perform.

Justin Tuck had the shoulder injury from the trip heard round the world. That slowed him down a lot and he will need surgery in the offseason. But besides that there is no excuse.

Osi Umenyiora didn't perform to expectations and his future may be in question. 

The only bright spot may have been Mathias Kiwanuka. Every time I watched a Giants game he seemed to be one of the only players playing consistently well.

Simply put, the Giants defensive line is the best part of this defense. They need to perform better in order for New York to have a chance to win.

The secondary is in shambles.

The corners and safeties that were playing should have been backups, for the most part.

Aaron Ross has been struggling with hamstring problems since his arrival from Texas and can't seem to stay on the field. He must stay healthy in order for the Giants to have a decent secondary.

Terrell Thomas has played surprisingly well. He deserves to play as the No. 2 next year if Ross struggles with injuries again.  

There are rumors floating around that Kenny Phillips may have lingering problems with his knee. If that is true than the front office must address safety in free agency or the draft. They will have to obtain a cover safety, not one of these run-stopping safeties that can't stay with anyone!

The linebackers really need work.

Antonio Pierce is on the decline. Unfortunately he is the Giants' best linebacker.

There are some nice, young pieces to play with (Jonathon Goff, Michael Boley, and Clint Sintim), but it's hard to believe any of them will be a dominant force in the middle. Drafting Brandon Spikes out of Florida or grabbing a veteran middle linebacker in free agency could help a lot.

I am really at a loss for what to do on offense. The offense played really well at times and looked awful at other points.

The line is probably the biggest concern along with the running attack. The two go hand-in-hand.

The line struggled opening holes, therefore, the run game couldn't get a thing going this year.

The Giants still have Andre Brown who didn't play at all in his rookie campaign. If they revert to Ahmad Bradshaw as the No. 1, Andre Brown as a change-of-pace back, and then bring in Brandon Jacobs as the goal line and short yardage back, they can all stay fresh and be able to perform better.

The line is going to see an overhaul going into next year. My guess is that Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie will either be let go or moved into reserve roles. If that happens, David Diehl will move to left guard and Will Beatty will replace McKenzie at right tackle. Management will then need to find a replacement at left tackle.

This team will have some major changes on the defensive side and maybe a change or two on the offensive line. Keep your ears open to see what changes come about in the months leading up to the draft.