Apparently the fact that the Giants closed the season 7-3 matters. Apparently, that should erase the fact that they started out 0-6 due to some massive misjudgments of their personnel.
Stop for a minute and think about the teams the Giants beat over the final 10 games.
They beat a mediocre Eagles team at home. Yes, I know the Eagles made the playoffs, but that is because they play in the NFC East and Tony Romo had a herniated disc.
They beat Minnesota when Minnesota decided to try Josh Freeman at QB.
They beat Oakland a team that finished 4-12.
They beat Green Bay, but the Packers were without Rodgers at the time.
They beat a 3-13 Washington team twice.
And they beat a collapsing Lions team that fired their coach today.
But most of all, when it really mattered, against Dallas at home, or San Diego on the road, they lost. So please don’t try and make 7-9 sound better than it is. This was a terrible year and that’s really all that matters when we look back on 2013.
That isn’t a very constructive exercise, better to look ahead to 2014. The Giants clearly have some large holes to fill. They need to rebuild the offensive line completely. They need to tighten up a porous defense and they need to make some calls on some major free agents. I’ll get to all of that in 2014, but for now let’s be honest- this was a bad season.