GIANTS: 5 CHANGES FOR A PLAYOFF PUSH IN 2015

The Giants have now missed the playoffs three straight seasons, the longest drought with Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning at the helm. In order to right the ship and get back into the playoff picture, New York should consider the following its top five offseason priorities.

Fortify the offensive line.

The Giants drafted guard Weston Richburg and signed free agent Geoff Schwartz this past offseason, but they’re only halfway to fixing their problems upfront. Center J.D. Walton and guard Brandon Mosley just flat out didn’t produce this year and the Giants could be in position to draft offensive lineman Brandon Scheroff from Iowa or La’el Collins from LSU. If Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and company look to make the new-look West Coast offense reach new heights, they’ll need to bring in reinforcements to help Big Blue win the battle in the trenches.

Hire Steve Spagnuolo.

The Giants former defensive coordinator is set to interview for the very same position this week and if they’re smart, they won’t let him leave the building. New York played ferocious defense under Spagnuolo’s tutelage highlighted by a Super win back in 2007. The personnel, particularly along the defensive line, isn’t what it was back then, but the man nicknamed “Spags” has the magic formula to help rescue a defense that has been without an identity the past few seasons with Perry Fewell calling the shots.

Sign Julius Thomas.

One of Peyton Manning’s favorite targets tops the list of free agent tight ends and would be a significant upgrade over one-week wonder Larry Donnell. The Giants haven’t had the luxury of employing an elite tight end during Eli Manning’s tenure, but adding Thomas as a security blanket with Beckham and Victor Cruz on the outside could be a scary prospect for the rest of the league.

Let Jason Pierre-Paul walk.

This might not be the most popular decision among Giants fans, but the free agent to-be will command a hefty price tag. With back and shoulder injuries hampering his play the past couple of seasons, Pierre-Paul has several red flags including a lack of leadership in the locker room. The G-men would be better off turning to the draft and free agency to reinvigorate a pass-rush that was been pretty pedestrian with JPP leading the way.

Continue to develop Odell Beckham Jr.

This is an easy one, but the Giants need to keep coaching up the budding superstar. Defenses are bound to start rolling coverage his way and try and minimize his impact on the game. Beckham has the complete package, but will need to guard against a sophomore slump. If he continues to stay hungry and accept advice from coaches and veteran leaders, the sky is truly the limit for this talented former LSU standout.


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