John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Is it all really gloom and doom with the Giants these days? Well, I hate to tell you this, but, yes.
I wouldn’t worry too much about it, though. The NFL is designed for the meek to inherit the earth, meaning bad teams can become champions overnight and vice-versa. The Giants’ problem is they haven’t been very meek of late.
Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese’s success has come home to roost. Parity has proven to be the gravity of the NFL and the Giants have come crashing back down to earth. It’s part of the business. A losing season – or two – might not be the worst thing for them. If they follow the script, they’ll back on their feet in no time.
There are exceptions, however, to the new world order of the NFL. On one end of the scale is New England, who are working on their 13th consecutive winning season. On the other end is Oakland, who has not had a winning season since 2002.
The Patriots have maintained success because their mastermind continues to stay ahead of the curve and evolve with the times, while the Raiders fell victim to their mastermind’s refusal to embrace them.
The Giants have not had a losing season since 2004 and they are paying for it in 2013. They have had tougher schedules and picked lower in the draft as a result. In addition, because they are winning, they were able to retain their own free agents, leaving fewer dollars for them to use in free agency. It also cut down on the amount of compensatory picks awarded to them.
When that goes on for a decade, it’s all going to accumulate in a bad way, especially when the injury bug strikes. Throw in a few high draft picks that crashed and burned and you have a mess on your hands.
Welcome the 2013 New York Giants. A decade of missing out on primary talent has caught up with them. Don’t be shocked. Let nature take it’s course and allow the bloodletting to occur.
Things may look bleak right now, but thanks to Pete Rozelle and his vision of parity, the Giants will be able to reverse course and head back up to the top of the standings very soon.