Big Blue Morning: Strahan's time, place?

For the second year in a row, former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is one of 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame's class of 2014 will be announced on Feb. 1 in New York, the night before the Super Bowl that will be played across the river in New Jersey. It likely would be extra sweet for Strahan to make it this year, since he played his whole career with the Giants and would be learning of his election in New York City.

In other news, the Giants continue to hunt for a new guy for fans to complain about whenever they have to settle for field goals instead of touchdowns. But after John Mara made it clear in a radio interview that former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride likely would have been fired if he hadn't quit, it's also becoming clear that the Giants are opening themselves up to the possibility of bigger changes than originally expected to their offensive schemes and principles. I think this is a good thing, even if the interview process doesn't ultimately lead to a surprising candidate. The interviews they're doing shows they're open to expanding their thinking about how to score points, and in today's NFL, that's everyone's priority.

Whatever they do on offense, they'll need to figure out who the running back is. David Wilson is having neck surgery next week with the goal of getting him back on the field in 2014. But that's a goal, not a certainty by any means.

Oh, and Mara agrees with me on the issue of playoff expansion. He's opposed, in other words. Which is encouraging, since Mara's a pretty powerful dude in this here league.