New York Giants 2010: Critics Will Be Silenced

Reid DavenportCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 13:  Tom Coughlin, head coach of the New York Giants, reacts during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on December 13, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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There has been a lot said about the Giants' chances in 2010.

Most of it bad.  Most of it I don't see.

How are people speculating that New York is going to finish at the bottom of the NFC East when they've been a consistent force to be reckoned with even before their Super Bowl win?

I can already hear the critics screaming at me to look at last season.  So, let's look at last season.

They started out 5-0, albeit not against the greatest teams, and from that point on went 3-8.

Brandon Jacobs was under performing, there was no defensive leadership, Osi Umenyiora was not what we were used to seeing and the secondary was awful.

Jacobs, coming off of surgery, and Osi, after not playing up to his potential because of surgery, will have a comeback year.

Perry Fewell, the new Giants defensive coordinator, will provide the resuscitation that the G-Men defense needs, after being a great defensive coordinator for Buffalo.

The signing of safety Antrel Rolle will also prove to be vital for the Giants to go back to the playoffs.

The bottom is this: the only difference between this year's roster and two seasons ago when they made the playoffs is that they don't have Plaxico Buress and a washed-up Antonio Pierce.

The Giants have proved they have a solid, young receiving corp, headed by Mario Manningham and Steve Smith.

2010 Prediction:  10-6, Wildcard Spot