As always, New York Giants tickets will once again carry the hopes of Giants fans into the 2009 season. These Giants have proven they can compete in the tough NFC East, but will once again have to beat out a trio of teams with their own plans. Follwing their Super Bowl win, the Giants failed to repeat, but still put out a superior product on the field. Afterputting together a deep and strong team, Tom Coughlin still faced the offseason challenges of the NFL. The most newsworthy has been the release of Plaxoco Burress. Throw in the departure of Amani Toomer and there are major questions about the Giants passing game.
Eli Manning relied heavily on the talents of Burress. His effectiveness without Plaxico on the field has tended to drop off considerably. New York Giants fans have to be encouraged though, as Manning has continued to get better every year and shows no signs of having reached his potential yet.
The Giants running game was the healthiest in the NFL in 2008 and no dropoff is incicated for 2009. Brandon Jacob, Ahmad Bradshaw, and rookie running backs Andre Brown and Danny Ware should maintain the load. Now for the questionable passing game. How do you replace Burress? Well, you probably don’t. But New York can look to improvement from Steve Smith, but frankly, Smith performs best as a slot receiver and isn’t a dangerous deep threat. Hixon will probably take that role. He’s impressed some people in camp but thre are still questions about his ability to produce in games.
The New York Giants have thrived on defense in the past two years. The architect of that defense is gone and former linebacker coach Bill Sheridan steps into the defensive coordinator role. Sheridan inherits one of the best defensive line groups in the NFL with Justin Tuck, Fred Robbins, and Mathias Kiwanuka, and the return of Osi Umenyiora. At linebacker, Clark, Pierce, and Boley will be pushed by some newcomers. Strong on the corners with Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, the Giants defense should be as formidable as it ever has been in 2009.
Giants ticket holders can be optimistic. They can also look forward to big divisional games with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles, an annual treat. New York has as much chance as anyone in the NFC East to find themselves challenging for a Super Bowl but it will only come after a long tough season.