The New York Giants have struggled mightily, on the offensive end, in their first two games. They scored 3 points in week one against the Cowboys, then went on to score 10 points in week two against the Lions. Neither of those two teams have a defense to brag about. That begs the question, what is wrong with the Giants? How do they fix their problem?
What is wrong with the Giants?
The answer is simple: the offensive line. The Giants offensive line may be the worst in all of football. Ereck Flowers might be the worst left tackle in the NFL. Eli Manning has not looked good, but it is not entirely his fault. The offensive line is giving him not time in the pocket and he is getting hit play after play. The Giants have let up the third most sacks in the league, 8 sacks, so far this season. Ereck Flowers gave up three of those just last week against the Lions. Along the offensive line, the Giants have three players currently with a “poor” rating according to Pro Football Focus. Ereck Flowers is ranked #58 among tackles, Bobby Hart is ranked #48 among tackles and Justin Pugh is ranked #51 among tackles, as he had to play tackle due to the injury to Bobby Hart. The run game is a problem as well, but once again it goes back to the offensive line. The line is creating zero holes for the Giants’ running backs. The Giants also do not have very good running backs, as they deploy Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen on game days. However, a good line can put a mask over poor running backs. It all goes back to the line.
How do they fix it?
It starts with moving Ereck Flowers away from left tackle and letting Justin Pugh play his true position at left guard. Ereck Flowers is getting absolutely exposed. In the first two weeks he has made Demarcus Lawrence, of the Cowboys, and Ezekiel Ansah, of the Lions, look like All-Pro defensive ends. They can try to replace him within, but that most likely will fail as the Giants do not have much depth along the offensive line. I think the Giants should explore a trade for Browns’ LT Joe Thomas. Joe Thomas was reportedly on the trading block last year and he may be available again this year.
If the Giants acquire Joe Thomas he would slide right into the starting LT spot. He may also be able to groom Ereck Flowers for the future. Flowers can move over to RT in hopes that he can play better there and Pugh goes back to left guard. Center Weston Richburg and right guard John Jerry, have actually played very well so far this season. This one move can make the Giants’ offensive line look like a completely different unit.
One simple move can save the Giants from a disappointing season. Hopefully, the acquiring of Joe Thomas and move of Ereck Flowers from the left side to the right side can fix their woes. If not, well Giant fans, the season is lost and we will need to try replacing Flowers through the draft and/or free agency. The Giants have a ton of talent on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. If they can just fix their offensive line woes, they can be a true contender.