John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The changing of the guard has begun for the Giants. Chris Snee is on IR, Jon Beason is here and there are still several moves to be made. The Giants are currently a football team with a lot strange faces, loose ends and busted parts.
They are team that is going nowhere fast, paying the price for several poor drafts and a decade of winning. They have resorted to bringing in reclamation projects to fill roles as injuries have ravaged their roster.
Snee was disappointed his season, and perhaps his career, ended in such painful fashion. His pride is hurt as much as his hip.
“I’ve always been a guy that by Friday could suit up and play,” he said. “I was kind of secretly hoping I’d wake up and things would feel differently, I would respond to the treatment and the medicine. It just didn’t happen. It’s frustrating. It’s just a new situation for me. I’ve always been able to play through things. Sometimes things nobody knew about, things that I kept to myself, but I had to be honest with everyone because it really got to the point where I was doing no good, to be honest.”
Yesterday, Tom Coughlin said his team was still positive they could make something of this season.
“First thing Monday morning, I put the standings up there and we talked about it in our team meeting on Friday morning and reiterated where we were and where the division stood,” said Coughlin. “Really what it boils down to is us. We can talk all we want. We have to play. We have to play a lot better than we’ve been playing. I’ve been asked by each one of you about the week, at least one question with regard to what do we really need. There’s a lot of things that need to improve. Guys are in a good frame of mind. They’ve had a good week. Let’s see this thing come together this weekend.”
David Diehl proclaimed he was the starting right guard this week. Coughlin has yet to confirm the move and reminded us of that yesterday.
“That’s nice of him to announce to the opponent. We’ll see about that. That could get him a seat next to me right there. His exuberance is outstanding. We’re excited. He’s like a rookie. He runs around all over the place yelling and screaming and talking to everybody. If he makes an error, he yells out, ‘That was me. I messed up.’ I appreciate the energy and the enthusiasm.”
The trade for Beason was the first in-season trade by the Giants since the Ottis Anderson deal in 1986. It’s no secret Beason was coveted by the Giants in the 2007 NFL Draft. With the 20th overall pick, however, they curiously passed on Beason in favor of Aaron Ross. Beason was taken by Carolina at 25. He was named All Pro in 2008 and 2009 and has been to the Pro Bowl three times. A knee injury has sidetracked him the past two seasons.
“I know I’ll come in tomorrow early and meet the coaches and I’ll get my linebacker coach (Jim Herrmann) and we’re going to cram,” Beason said. “If they ask me to, I’ll dress (Sunday) and I’ll give everything I have. … It’s just going to be terminology. I’m a smart player. I learn fast. Being a mike linebacker, a lot is on your plate. I think I actually thrive in that position. I’m going to get with coach as long as it takes and as fast as I can get it as soon as I want to play.”