It’s one thing to demand rebound seasons from Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, but the Giants must have a powerful draft class if they are going to get back to the postseason.
At this point, with little left on the open market, Jets GM John Idzik looks like a hitchhiker on a lonely road; his thumb out, looking for a ride.
The Giants are remaking themselves with a lot of the new and a little bit of the old. That’s not to say Mario Manningham is by any means old.
Big Blue continued its impressive offseason revamping on Monday, agreeing to terms on a five-year, $39 million contract with free agent Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, ESPN reported.
It has worked before, so why not? That might be what the Giants are thinking after word surfaced over the weekend that former Big Blue wide receiver and current free agent Mario Manningham was set to visit his old team on Monday.
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.”