John Fennelly, Lead WriterGiants’ GM Jerry Reese is drawing some fire over his recent draft “failures” and the team’s sudden dearth of talent and depth at certain positions.
Many feel he’s gotten too smart for his own good in the draft, taking some players way too early and selecting others that were not ready to play in the NFL. Then there is the criticism that Reese has mishandled the salary cap and has not sufficiently stocked the roster with enough viable free agents.
I’ll agree things could have been handled better by Reese, but the the league is set up for the meek to inherit the earth. Win a Super Bowl, enjoy it, because you’re about to take a nosedive. Win two and you go into free fall.
Reese is in the throes of the latter. Since he has been drafting down in the order each season, he’s had to make his picks count. His first-rounders have panned out for the most part. His middle-rounders have not. The free agents he has signed have been hit-or-miss and he’s had to go looking for talent out on the street or across the waiver wires.
Either way, he’s the only GM in the league with two Super Bowl rings in the past decade. He is being bashed for not staying ahead of the curve. What curve is that? For all we know, he may be the curve. The Giants are hoping now that they’ve come back to the pack, that Reese will be able to retool the roster and get them back up in the standings.
The Giants are hoping he can. He’s a got a lot of work to do this offseason. Now that we know Marc Ross and Tom Coughlin are staying and the new plan is set for the offense, Reese is getting one more chance to get this right.
“I firmly believe that he is the right guy going forward,” said CEO John Mara of Reese. “I’ve spent enough time around him to know that he is the right guy. He is not afraid to make tough decisions and he knows what the risks are and sometimes you have to take those calculated risks, and he is a very confident guy. Nobody works harder than he does. I still trust his evaluation skills. I like the way he deals with players. He’s very honest and direct with them. He’s got a very good relationship with Tom. Yes, I am convinced that he is the right guy to lead us going forward.”
At the beginning of last season, Reese posted a “Super Bowl” countdown clock at QDTC. This year the only clock that will be ticking at the Giants’ facility will be the one with Reese’s future attached to it.