The Giants made a lot of fireworks in the first year under general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll, but how can they make even more in 2023? We discuss in this week's Cover 4.
John Schmeelk: For the Giants to create more fireworks and make the playoffs, their offense needs to create more explosive plays. The Giants need to score more touchdowns if they want to return to the playoffs and advance deeper than they did in 2022, and you do that by making big plays through the air.
The Giants ranked 16th in points per game last season and 18th in yards per game, but the former was a bit inflated thanks to a 63% red-zone touchdown rate, which was seventh-best in the league. Those small sample stats can often be difficult to replicate from year to year. The Giants would put themselves in a better position if they created more scores from outside the red zone via the pass game.
The Giants had only 28 pass plays go for more than 20 yards last season. The Eagles had more than twice as many with 63 and Dallas had 22 more with 50, just to use two teams in the division as an example. It is hard to score consistently on long drives that leave more opportunities for a turnover or the defense to make a stop. Big plays are a necessity. Big plays also make scoring at the end of games and halves a lot easier.
The front office added speed at the wide receiver position to help facilitate those plays. The offensive line has to protect to allow longer downfield plays develop, such as deep over routes, double-moves, and post-corners. Daniel Jones needs to increase his average depth of target a bit more. Put all those together and there will be plenty of fireworks at MetLife Stadium this fall.
Dan Salomone: Look no further than No. 8. For the first time since he was drafted in 2019 as Eli Manning's heir apparent, Daniel Jones will begin a season as the unquestioned franchise quarterback and leader of the team. With the help of coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, who brought their magic from Buffalo and Kansas City, respectively, Jones put together the best season of his career. But just like the team, Jones will try to do the hardest thing in the NFL – sustain success. The first year of the Schoen-Daboll era was a resounding success, but they have a growth mindset. In order for them to take the next step, Jones will have to do the same.
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