Last season our defense was acceptable, but our offense was not.
How do we improve the offense? Short answer: focus on acquiring offensive players even if we have to shortchange the defense to do it.
IMO, if we try to improve both sides of the ball equally, the offense won’t improve enough, and we will get the same 6-10 result as last season, regardless of having a slightly improved defense.
We may have the makings of an adequate-not great-but adequate OL. That means we can’t blow people off the line and run the ball on every play. Nor can we can’t pass block on every play and expect Jones to live to reach age 25.
But even an adequate OL is enough IF the team has an adequate running game and an adequate passing game. When opponents must respect both running and receiving, they can’t focus on one area and ignore the other.
Sure, some teams can pass all day long and win without running the ball. That’s not us. Those teams have great WRs and QBs who are threats to run all the time.
We need multiple NFL quality Wrs and at least one who will require double coverage. Wide receivers have their share of injuries, so you have to assume that we need to invest more heavily in reserves as well as starters.
As I do not believe in miracles, I do not expect any improvement at TE. It falls heavily on the Giants to find wide receivers who can get open so that Jones will not have to rely on Engram in crucial situations.
Gallman proved that he is a decent running back. We need another RB who is at least as good, or even better than Gallman. If we don’t re-sign Gallman, we need two more RBs of that quality.
Running backs get hit on almost every play. You have to assume that there will be down-time for any starter, so reserves are important.
As for Barkley. Who knows? One year he was a game-changer and one year he was not. Would you risk the fate of the entire team on the hopes that Barkley is both fully recovered AND that he is the Barkley of old? I see no harm in investing heavily in a replacement. Having two great backs is a lot better than having no great backs.
Give Jones an adequate line, adequate running backs, and adequate receivers and he will be more than adequate at QB–not great- but more than adequate.
I am not saying that it is possible to do all the things that I am suggesting. I’m just saying that if we do not focus on the offense we will not improve.