John Fennelly, Lead Writer
In this culture of instant gratification, we are quick to give up on people and things and usually come to the realization that we should have exhibited more patience and stayed put.
The Giants, under CEO John Mara, realize hasty moves are not usually good ones. Paul Schwartz of The Post, who has been around the Giants forever, tells us the Giants aren’t letting this 0-6 start change their way of doing things.
“That’s one thing I’ve learned in this business having been around it all my life,” Mara said four months after watching Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning hoist yet another Lombardi Trophy. “The worst thing you can do is be impatient and make quick decisions based on pressure from the media or pressure from the fans.
“You have to have a conviction that you have the right people working for you and then you have to give them a chance to do their job. You’ve got to be able to stay with them when things aren’t going quite so well. Fortunately, we’ve been able to do that.”
Mara always said the team evaluates in the offseason, so he’s not inclined to act at this juncture anyhow. But what if the Giants don’t win a game this year?
Highly unlikely, but the possibility exists. The teams in Coughlin Era have usually jumped out to 5-3, 6-2 starts, then either collapsed or struggled in the second half.
Were these first six weeks the high point or the low point of the season? We’ll see how much patience Mara displays if the Giants have a two or three win season.
That being said, I don’t expect Jerry Reese or Tom Coughlin to be fired as a punitive, knee-jerk reaction. That would be ludicrous. Unless you have better options to take them out, you stick with them until you do.
Change for the sake of change in the business world is not a sound credo. Factoring emotion into the equation is a good way to get your lights turned off.
Reese is a top GM. Sure he’s been too smart for his own good by finding these “gems” in the draft that turned to dust once they hit New Jersey. All he has to do is stop reaching and take football players instead of wunderkinds and the Giants will be fine. I’d rather bring in seven decent players every year than one usable player and six busts.
Coughlin is going nowhere. He is here for as long as he wants. Mara may convince him change is needed in the rank and file, but he himself is safe.
Perry Fewell and Kevin Gilbride, longtime Coughlin confidants, could be either shown the door or have their feathers clipped. Their philosophies are coming under question and they may need to change them.
But Gilbride was fine until the Giants started turning the ball over three times a week. So was Fewell when JPP and the pass rush were unstoppable .
What is basically comes down to everyone needs to work together and do their jobs. They all know the way. Now they just have to figure out how to get back to winning football games.