Before the season, the Giants selected Fred Dryer in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft, with the 13th overall pick, and traded with the Atlanta Falcons for running back Junior Coffey. New York lost all of their preseason games, leading them to fire head coach Allie Sherman. Alex Webster was hired as his replacement. The Giants opened the season with a win against the Minnesota Vikings, and held a 3–1 record after four games. However, they went on a seven-game losing streak, before going on a three-game winning streak to close out the season.