One of our readers, Jeff Comeford, sent us an email this week. He, like many Giant fans are frustrated….
So, looking at the Giants -people have given Jerry Reese kudos for his drafting/talent acquisition – which helped him to win 2 super bowls. But today, not even 2 years removed from the last Super Bowl, the Giants have failed to develop offensive lineman and linebackers. Chris Snee is probably on his last legs, David Baas is a terrible center – and there is no one of significance playing Linebacker. The argument was that it wasn’t important to draft linebackers – but to have a dominant front 4 on defense – however, they can’t get any pressure on opposing QB’s – which exposes their linebackers and defensive backs.
Questions for Fennelly:
1. Is Reese a bad GM and his mistakes are finally catching up to him?
Fennelly: The answer is….Reese is a top GM, but he’s outsmarted himself of late with these “high potential” picks. He and his staff have to start bringing in football players – guys who can hit the ground running – and stop with these reaches. 90% of these picks have not panned out.
Is it catching up to him? No question about it. Too many times we’ve heard about his “best player available” philosophy at the draft. Too many times we’ve been sold a bill of goods. You can gamble after Round Four, not before, and Reese has gambled the team’s future away in Rounds 2-4 the past few drafts.
All you need to do is go back to the four previous draft classes (2009-12) to measure how you’re team is currently doing. Their top picks all appear to be legit (Hakeem Nicks, JPP, Prince, David Wilson) but their 2-4 rounders have been very disappointing.
Not one player drafted in Rounds 2-4 in those years has distinguished themselves. 2nd rounders Clint Sintim and Marvin Austin are gone and never made an impact. Linval Joseph and Will Beatty are average. There’s still hope for this group as Rueben Randle appears to be on the verge of stardom.
Third rounders Ramses Barden, Travis Beckum, Jerrel Jernigan and Jayron Hosley were all reaches at the time and unless Jernigan and Hosley both do a complete 180-degree turnaround, these were four wasted draft picks.
The fourth rounders are Andre Brown, Phillip Dillard, James Brewer and Adrien Robinson. Enough said. You can make a case for Brown, but he was cut several times and has yet to play an entire season. Dillard is long gone and the other two have yet show us anything. Now you know why you’re in last place. Little talent and no depth through the draft.
As for free agent signings, Antrel Rolle was excellent. As for the rest, well, you tell me…
2. Is drafting late in the first round (parity) catching up to the Giants?
Fennelly: Yes, it is. Especially when they decide to stay put. They rarely trade up or down in the early rounds to better their lot. This year, they won’t have to worry about trading up. Add the mistakes they made I outlined above and the negative results are starting to show.
3.Is Fewell more of the blame here – (is the issue more scheme related)?
Fennelly: No. The NFL is an offensive league and Fewell’s plan, although not solid, is one that should work in a perfect world. Bend, but don’t break. That perfect world, however, relies on pressure from the front four and a ballhawking style in the secondary. With JPP not himself (and he may never be again) and Stevie Brown out for the year, the defense is missing their top passrusher and top ballhawker. It’s no wonder they are struggling.
Not to mention, the defense doesn’t have a LB to hang their hat on. It’s to the point where the Giants are using nickel and dime packages two-thirds of the game.