Big Blue did the smart thing money-wise. Probably football-wise, too. But in terms of leadership, they left themselves with a gigantic hole.
What does Reese need to address, above all? The offense. Last season, the Giants finished 28th in the NFL in total yards and 28th in points.
Hey, Jerry Reese, are you prepared for free agency? The Giants general manager has proven himself quite worthy when it comes to protecting the assets of the Mara and Tisch families, but that should not be his biggest concern.
Strahan, a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end, is heading to Canton, along with linebacker Derrick Brooks, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams, offensive lineman Walter Jones, defensive end Claude Humphrey, and punter Ray Guy.
“He’s planning to have surgery, and we’ll see how that comes out,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese told WFAN host Mike Francesa on Thursday. “Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall.”
The Giants co-owner spoke Monday about the many shortcomings of the team, including the offensive line, but did not point the blame at coach Tom Coughlin or general manager Jerry Reese.
The New York Giants missed the playoffs for the second year in a row, compiling a 7-9 record in 2013. It was only the second losing record under the leadership of Tom Coughlin as Giants head coach, who took command of the team in 2004. As the franchise’s leadership met the media after the final game of the season, one question was seemingly answered, while several other questions remained unanswered.
“I’m just a young guy in this business,” the 67-year-old Coughlin said Monday during his season-ending press conference. “And everyone wants to know what’s next for me. I hope it’s coaching the New York Giants.”
Tom Coughlin is being wrapped in the cliche that all coaches must leave eventually because his messages, mantras, and mindset have an expiration date. It’s patently false. And, frankly, Coughlin is the one who taught us this.
“I didn’t even notice it was down,” Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Wednesday. “I didn’t really notice when it was up, either.”
Prior to the start of the season, way back in July, Giants GM Jerry Reese thought it would be a good idea to put a Super Bowl countdown clock in the Giants locker room…
The so-called countdown clock to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium is apparently in the trash along with the Giants’ season.
It’s a shame there won’t be more on the line when Eli Manning and the Giants take on Philip Rivers and the Chargers 10 years later.
The Giants will try to pick up where they left off and climb back into the NFC East race Sunday against the visiting Oakland Raiders.
The New York Giants have gotten off to their worst since 1976, yet at 2-6, the team does still have its sights set on an NFC East title. But in order to have a second half turnaround, some players will have to raise their performance, and others will have to maintain their first half pace.