John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe time has come to reconcile the mess that was 2013. The Giants began the season with six consecutive losses, and although they went on a five-game winning streak, they did so at the expense of some godawful teams.
It was a hard watch for Giant fans. They fared poorly against the competitive teams on their schedule and took on an unexpected identity halfway through the season. Their pass rush and passing game disappeared. Their run defense and rushing game (for awhile, anyway) resurfaced.
Injuries, poor planning, lack of depth and horrid execution kept them from sustaining any kind of traction. QB Eli Manning had his worst season since 2004. The offensive line was in constant flux. WR Hakeem Nicks did not score a touchdown all year. Brandon Myers was not the right TE for the offense. The punt coverage allowed three returns for TDs and another on a botched snap.
On Monday we heard from the men in the corner offices at QDTC. They are no longer content with the status quo or with the way things went this season and they weren’t afraid to speak their minds.
CEO John Mara: “Obviously this was a very disappointing season, as disappointing as any in my memory, and nobody is happy being 7-9. I never expected 0-6 and I’m the same person that stood up here in the preseason and said that this was as talented a team as we’ve had in years and I thought we had a chance to make a run, and obviously I was gravely mistaken. There are some improvements that we’re going to have to make in the offseason and we’ll start that evaluation process later in the week, but suffice to say, I know I speak for Steve Tisch that we were bitterly disappointed with the results this year. I think our fans deserve better and we vow that we’ll do everything that we have to do to improve the team for next season.”
GM Jerry Reese: “You know, 7-9 sucks. Yeah, it’s hard to swallow. It sucks being 7-9, we don’t want to be 7-9, we want to continue to play but again, you start out 0-6, you don’t give yourself a chance.”
The one point everyone agrees on is that Tom Coughlin should remain as the head coach. The rest of the staff? That is to be decided in the next few days.
GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Mara, Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese as the Giants look to improve next season after finishing 7-9.