The Giants will win the NFC East in 2018. If you do not believe this, you have not been paying attention to life in the NFL, where worst-to-first is not only possible, but probable. A remarkable and confounding trend was strengthened this season. The Jaguars and Eagles, last-place finishers in 2016, won their division titles this season. If the Panthers do the same, three last-place finishers winning their divisions the next year would tie for the most in NFL history. For the 14th time in the past 15 years, at least one team coming off a last-place finish won its division the following year. Some doormat always rises to the penthouse. Considering how firmly the Giants (2-13) are buried in the basement, using precedent as a guide, perhaps they follow history’s lead and go from wearing clown hats to division crowns. This may all sound ridiculously optimistic for a franchise that has lost its way and heads into 2018 not knowing the identity of its general manager, head coach, entire coaching staff or starting quarterback. A loss Sunday against the Redskins would, fittingly, have them ending this season on a six-game losing streak and guarantee the Giants the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft. They do not yet know who will be making the call, a winning lottery ticket sitting out there for whoever is fortunate enough to be hired to claim the prize. Four candidates for the general manager job have interviewed: Two (Kevin Abrams, Marc Ross) are presently employed by the team, one (Dave Gettleman) previously employed by the team and one (Louis Riddick) with no ties whatsoever to the team. The search is not complete. The candidate pool will expand after the season and the Giants will dive in. The Packers are done after this weekend, meaning Eliot Wolf can be called in for an interview next week. Eric DeCosta (Ravens) might also be available at that time. Playoff teams do not have to grant permission for interviews until their season is over, so if the Giants want to speak with someone (Nick Caserio?) from the Patriots, for example, they quite possibly could have to wait until after Feb. 4 and Super Bowl LII.
Giants’ worst-to-first turnaround could be stunningly fast
New York Post | Dec 27