Giants’ CEO John Mara said that there was no reason the team could not have won the division this year and in fact that, “it hasn’t been a good season and a half.”
Mara addressed the media with honesty, backing GM Jerry Reese and endorsing head coach Tom Coughlin stating that, “nobody wants to win more” that they do. He believes Reese is “the right guy” to take the organization forward.
“Certainly, there are changes within the organization that need to be made,” Mara said. Asked if coaching changes were in order, he said he had
He took a shot at the front office’s draft philosophy and admitted the team had missed on some high draft picks, indicating the team could take less risks in the future. He also wondered aloud why it took three years to find out that WR Jerrel Jernigan “could play.”
Mara touched on a sticking pont of many Giant fans: Why don’t they play the rookies and younger players more?
“Sometimes you have to put younger players in a game and give them a chance to fail, or succeed…It’s true not only of him but of other guys as well. It would have been nice if he (Jernigan) had gotten in a little sooner. That’s not my decision.”
He also took no prisoners by saying. “the offense is broken,” — which seemed to be a direct shot at OC Kevin Gilbride. “We ned to fix that. We can’t go into next season with the same personnel.”
Mara admitted QB Eli Manning did not have a good season and that he had “a lot of company…we need to help him, give him better tools.”
In a light moment, Mara was asked if his job was safe: “Not according to my mother it’s not… she’ll be up here next.”