The New York Giants offense struggled all season, at nearly every position. New York's running game was one of the main topics of discussion throughout the 2013 campaign. Many were calling for the Giants to run the ball more after they watch starting quarterback Eli Manning launch interception after interception en route to a 0-6 start.
The Giants' backfield was depleted and constantly rotating. Big Blue finished with the No. 29 ranked rushing attack, averaging 83.2 yards per game with just 11 touchdowns. They tried to add a jolt to their offense with the signing of Peyton Hillis, a one-time 1,000 yard rusher who was featured on the cover of "Madden", but that wasn't much of a success. Hillis totaled 247 yards in seven games with a 3.4 average per run.
New York tried another route with the return of running back Andre Brown. The seemingly injury prone back saw a lot of carries during the 2013 season. In his first game back from his second broken leg in less than a year, Brown ran the ball a whopping 30 times. Brown had a seesaw of a season, over eight games. Brown had games were he averaged 6.0, 5.1, 0.8 and 1.5 yards per carry. He has put the Giants in a serious conundrum with his inconsistent play and injuries.
The Giants are looking for a definite No. 1 back and it doesn't seem like that guy is on their roster. However, before all the blame gets put on the backs, a lot must be put on the offensive line. The O-line couldn't seem to run or pass block, so is the backfield really the problem?
The Giants should bring Brown back as a solid No. 2 running back. As a back up and short yardage/ goal-line runner, Brown should be successful and reduce his chances at injury, having less carries a game. Brown scored eight touchdowns in ten games during the 2012 season, playing in mostly passing and goal-line situations. The powerful Brown can potentially become this era's Brandon Jacob, whom recently retired.
Now with Brown as Big Blue's second string ball carrier, they can hit the market and sign a runner to fill the starting role.
There are several big names out there this offseason including; Denver's Knowshon Moreno, Houston's Ben Tate, Oakland's Darren McFadden and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew. The Giants need to improve at nearly every position, so it's unsure to how far they're willing to go to improve their backfield.