1993 New York Giants season

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1993 New York Giants season
Head coach Dan Reeves
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Vikings) 17–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 44–3
Timeline
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< 1992 1994 >

The 1993 New York Giants season was the 69th season for the club in the National Football League. Following the 1992 season, Ray Handley was replaced by former Broncos coach Dan Reeves, who immediately released Jeff Hostetler and named Phil Simms the team's starting quarterback.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1993 NFL Draft
1993 New York Giants Draft Selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
2 40 Michael Strahan DE Texas Southern
3 66 Marcus Buckley LB Texas A&M
4 93 Greg Bishop T Pacific
5 123 Tommy Thigpen LB North Carolina
6 150 Scott Davis G Iowa
7 177 Todd Peterson K Georgia
8 207 Jessie Armstead LB Miami (Fla.)

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1993 New York Giants staff

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Al Miller

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Regular season[edit]

Simms started all 16 games in 1993, being one of only seven quarterbacks to do so, and led the Giants to a resurgent 11–5 season including a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs.[4] However, Simms underwent shoulder surgery after the 1993 NFL Season to repair a torn labrum. The surgery was successful, and team doctor Russell F. Warren's prognosis for recovery was excellent, and Simms was expected to be ready in time for training camp.[5] However, later during that offseason, Simms was released by the Giants, and subsequently decided to retire. The Giants offense was coming off a sub-par 1992 season, so Dan Reeves and offensive coordinator George Henshaw added and adjusted schemes. The emphasis remained running the ball as the Full House and Power I formations were installed. Rodney Hampton and Phil Simms both made the pro bowl, each the driving force behind the offense. The Defense returned to its dominant ways; allowing an NFL-best 12.8 points per game, or 205 points all year. Lawrence Taylor would join Simms in retirement after the season, ending an era. The Giants finished the 1993 season first in overall defense and rushing offense.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 at Chicago Bears W 26–20
66,900
2 September 12, 1993 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–7
75,891
3 September 19, 1993 Los Angeles Rams W 20–10
76,213
4 Bye
5 October 3, 1993 at Buffalo Bills L 17–14
79,283
6 October 10, 1993 at Washington Redskins W 41–7
53,715
7 October 17, 1993 Philadelphia Eagles W 21–10
76,050
8 Bye
9 October 31, 1993 New York Jets L 10–6
71,659
10 November 7, 1993 at Dallas Cowboys L 31–9
64,735
11 November 14, 1993 Washington Redskins W 20–6
76,606
12 November 21, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles W 7–3
62,928
13 November 28, 1993 Phoenix Cardinals W 19–17
59,979
14 December 5, 1993 at Miami Dolphins W 19–14
72,161
15 December 12, 1993 Indianapolis Colts W 20–6
70,411
16 December 20, 1993 at New Orleans Saints W 24–14
69,036
17 December 26, 1993 at Phoenix Cardinals L 17–6
53,414
18 January 2, 1994 Dallas Cowboys L 16–13
77,356

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 376 229
New York Giants 11 5 0 .688 288 205
Philadelphia Eagles 8 8 0 .500 293 315
Phoenix Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 326 269
Washington Redskins 4 12 0 .250 230 345

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wildcard[edit]

New York Giants 17, Minnesota Vikings 10
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 0 10 0 0 10
Giants 3 0 14 0 17

at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

A howling, gusting wind dominated the game as both teams could only score with the wind. However, the Giants managed to score two touchdowns, both by running back Rodney Hampton in the third quarter, to pull ahead for good.

NFC Divisional Playoff[edit]

San Francisco 49ers 44, New York Giants 3
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 3 0 0 3
49ers 9 14 14 7 44

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

49ers running back Ricky Watters rushed for 118 yards, caught 5 passes for 46 yards, and scored an NFL playoff record 5 touchdowns as San Francisco crushed the Giants, 44–3.

Awards and honors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Timothy W. FOOTBALL; Giants Tell Simms That He's The Boss, The New York Times, June 16, 1993, accessed March 22, 2007.
  2. ^ "New York Giants NFL Draft History". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  3. ^ Litsky, Frank (1993-02-09). "Giants Complete Coaching Staff". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  4. ^ 1993 New York Giants, databasefootball.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  5. ^ PRO FOOTBALL; Simms's Surgery Goes Well, The New York Times, March 2, 1994, accessed 2007-01-01.