New York Giants: 5 Reasons This Season Is Make or Break for Giants

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIAugust 8, 2011

New York Giants: 5 Reasons This Season Is Make or Break for Giants

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    The New York Giants are having an awful offseason. Osi Umenyiora is still in his "holdout," Kevin Boss just signed with the Oakland Raiders, and Prince Amukamara was injured his first day of practice. 

    Nothing seems to be going right for the Giants, while everything seems to be going right for the Eagles

    This season is going to be huge for the Giants, and missing the playoffs another season could be disastrous for the G-Men.  

The Giants Haven't Made the Playoffs in Two Years

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    Only one team wins the Superbowl, but 12 teams make the playoffs. In the last two years, the Giants haven't been one of those teams. 

    The fans are getting reckless, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to watch the Eagles continually make the playoffs while the Giants and their fans watch the playoffs at home. 

    New York is a sports town. The Yankees spoil us, and the Knicks are back in full-force. With the Yankees making their playoff push, and the Knicks making the playoffs just last season—the Giants are going to have to step their game up.

The NFC East Isn't Getting Any Worse

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    The Redskins got rid of Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb

    The Cowboys get back Tony Romo, who spent most of last season injured, and rid themselves of Wade Phillips. They also brought in Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator, who can really turn the Cowboys defense around.

    The Eagles traded QB Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and second-round pick. 

    They also managed to grab Vince Young, who went 30-17 for the Tennessee Titans, as backup for the injury prone Michael Vick.  

    They also managed to sign a player known as Nnamdi Asomugha. I think some people might know him the best cornerback in the league or something? They even managed to pull a one-year, $1 million deal for RB Ronnie Brown. 

    Basically, the Eagles are making moves. The Redskins aren't really a threat, but the Cowboys are loaded

    They obviously had a mediocre year last season, but Tony Romo and the rest of the Cowboys live up to their potential—watch out NFC East. 

The Jets Are Becoming New York's Team

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    It pains me to say it, but the Jets are grabbing New York's attention. They've not only made it to the playoffs, but the AFC championship game twice in the last two years.

    The Jets even beat the New England Patriots last year en route to making the AFC championship game.

     The Jets are no longer the ugly stepschild on New York. They're improved drastically over the last couple of years, and Mark Sanchez is steadily improving. 

    I have my doubts about him becoming an elite quarterback, but it's hard to doubt his progress.

    I don't see them winning the Superbowl this year, but it's getting harder to harder to watch their playoff success while the Giants are on the outside looking in. 

Tom Coughlin Is on the Hot Seat

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    This one isn't too surprising. Coughlin just hasn't been getting it done lately. 

    Not matter what way you look at it, in 2009, the Giants started out 5-0 and failed to make the playoffs. 

    In 2010, the Giants chocked in the fourth quarter against the Eagles. The game in which the Eagles scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Matt Dodged punted the ball right into DeSean's Jackson's hands. The rest, as they say, is history.

    The Giants went on to play the Green Bay Packers who beat the Giants 45-17. The Giants managed to beat the Redksins the following game to keep playoff hope alive, but the Packers beat the Chicago Bears and made the playoffs,  

    Both years, they had great opportunities to make the playoffs, but blew them both. Whenever a team mentally collapses—the blame goes to the coach. 

    If the Giants truly believed in Coughlin, they would've given him a longer extension. However, they don't, and they shouldn't, until Coughlin proves otherwise. 

Eli Manning's Confidence

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    Eli Manning led his team to a Superbowl victory in 2007. And as a Giants fan, I love him for that.

    However, he hasn't become the leader he should be yet. You look at the Yankees, and Derek Jeter is the unquestioned leader on that team. That's how it is. 

    No one questions it.

    With Eli Manning, that's not set in stone. He is the starting quarterback, and he has led this team before, but he's not as vocal as he should be, nor does he have the proper attitude. 

    From his posture, to the manner in which he speaks, to the words that come out of his mouth—he's not a natural born leader. If you watched the interview after Plaxico Burress left the Giants complex, in which Eli failed to even talk to Plaxico, you'll see exactly what I'm talking about.

    His eyes were all over the place, and his posture was slacking. He stuttered and said "um," every other breath; never even really answering the questions. 

    After throwing 25 interceptions last season, and taking the heat for the Giants missing the playoffs the last two years (especially last year), his confidence is going to need a big boost. 

    A boost, that making the playoffs and throwing less interceptions, can fix.