However, there are two primary weaknesses to this system. First, it can be difficult to find personnel who can fit the offensive requirements for the finishers while maintaining an adequate level of defense.

Meanwhile, it will be four more weeks of relatively meaningless (except for draft positioning) December football, something to which the Giants and their fans are not accustomed. At least there are three home games left against division rivals Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington that could get the fans who show up moderately excited.

Mara will be thinking these games should have been highly anticipated stepping stones for the Giants in their quest to win the NFC East.

The real story, however, will be what goes on behind the scenes over the next several weeks as the future leaders of the Giants’ football hierarchy are identified.

The biggest decision for New York’s new head coach-GM tandem will be at quarterback and whether to keep Manning as the starter. The Giants also could look to last year’s third-rounder Davis Webb or use their top-five (perhaps top-two) pick on a potential franchise quarterback from the upcoming draft class.

The latter has been the bigger issue in Houston, as Harden has carried an amazing offensive burden. However, he had to conserve his energy on defense (leading to a reputation as a laughably bad defender) and experienced some high-profile breakdown moments (such as the closeout game against the Spurs in last season’s playoffs, when he either had an off night or just couldn’t carry the load, and the entire Rockets team collapsed around him).

Paul essentially solves both of those issues in almost a “perfect storm” way. Paul is as good of a pure shooter from the point guard position as there is east of Curry, which makes him fully capable of being one of the “four finishers” around Harden. eagles_008_8b9f0b9790203967-180x180