Thursday Morning Report: Reese sets bar high for 2014

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

What you need to know this morning…

GM Jerry Reese held his state of team presser on Wednesday, making it clear that he believes the team is headed in the right direction.

“I think we’re going to have a really good football team,” Reese said in his opening statement. “I’m very excited about the young players. We wanted to build a younger team, a more physical football team that plays fast.”

That team will have nearly 30 new players and is still forming it’s chemistry. The pressure to win always looms large, especially after the Giants missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

“It’s a high performance business,” Reese explained. “You can win the Super Bowl and the pressure is still there. You have to come out and perform high. It’s no different from any other season. We have high expectations. We expect people to perform high and that’s just the way it is in this business.”

From GEICO SportsNite: Reese discusses Eli Manning and the team’s high expectations for the upcoming season.

-After watching several players get carted off the field on Tuesday with heat-related issues, head coach Tom Coughlin decided a “halftime” break during practice going forward might be needed to avoid further episodes.

“If I keep it, it will be because of the heat we experienced yesterday and there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Coughlin. “It does give them a sense of second half, first half. Gives them a sense of having an opportunity to cool a little bit and come back and go.”

-For the second consecutive day, veteran Daniel Fells was the starting TE in 11-on-11 drills. It’s early, but this is an indication the others are not up to snuff at this point.

LB Jameel McClain, who left the field on Tuesday with a foot problem, practiced in full. The issue was apparently more with his shoe than with his foot.

WR Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants’ top draft pick, is not off to roaring start this camp. He is still dealing with a sore hamstring, the same hammy that curtailed him at minicamp.


I'll give him and Coughlin this year and next. This is their first true roster turnover since the two Lombardies. If we don't make the playoffs this year with like 8 or 9 wins I'll give them a pass. But if we miss the playoffs this year and next I will be calling for a complete restructure.

I'm trying not to get my hopes too high this year. Over half the roster is new. Playoffs would be a treat.


"Reese sets bar high for 2014."

Does that mean he's going to put up the Super Bowl countdown clock again?   smh...  what a joke.

David Lopez
David Lopez

At some point Reese has to deliver... Missing the playoffs in four of the last five seasons isn't going to cut the mustard.

Reese has no one to blame but himself. He neglected the Offensive Line for years and finally invested a first round pick in Pugh in last year's draft.

If you look at what Baalke and Harbaugh have done in SF -- they invested heavily in their OL. Davis, Staley, & Iupati were all first round picks.

It's not coincidental that the 49ers recent string of success and consistency is a byproduct of shrewd drafting and an understanding that Reese has deliberately chosen to ignore -- in order to win in the NFL you need an OL that can dominate.

David Lopez
David Lopez

You stole my thunder!!! Lol...

Reese has generally gotten a free pass during his tenure here. Two Lombardi trophies will do that, but the team's inability to reach the playoffs has left many fans bitter.

This is a big year for Reese. Let's see if his moves pay dividends.