Giants final manangement report card, presented by Long Island University

Management: C-

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The 2013 Giants are a tale of two teams. The team that came out of the gate 0-6 and the team that went 7-3 to finish it. Neither team was good enough to seriously compete in the NFL this year.

CEO John Mara was disappointed at the end of last season and put everyone on a short leash this year. The team had lost it’s competitive edge and physicality. He mandated they get bigger and nastier in the trenches, and GM Jerry Reese did just that.

John Mara, Jerry ReeseThe interior of the defensive line improved greatly with the signings of Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson. They used their second round pick in the draft to select Jon Hankins of Ohio State. The plan worked. The Giants throttled some of the best rushing attacks in the NFL this season.

It was the offensive line that collapsed this season and took the rest of the offense with it. They spent their round pick on an offensive lineman, Justin Pugh of Syracuse, who ended up being the only member of the unit to start all 16 games.


They underestimated RG Chris Snee’s readiness to return from hip surgery and were bitten again by the unreliability of center David Baas. Both players ended up on IR. David Diehl missed the first month of the season with a thumb injury. All three are unlikely to be back in 2014.

The backfield was complete mess as well. RB Andre Brown missed the first eight weeks with a fractured leg and David Wilson showed he is not up to the task of handling the responsibilities of a No.1 back. Wilson went down with an neck injury and they actually had to bring Brandon Jacobs back and signed Peyton Hillis to fill the openings.

Reese and his crew have been miscalculating in the draft the past few years and those errors have left the team devoid of depth and talent. He also whiffed on several free agents this past summer which added to the misery. Too many marginal veterans signed at

To his credit, Reese made several in-season moves to help right the ship. He traded for LB Jon Beason, who came in and immediately took over the captainship of the defense. The Jacobs and Hillis signings, as well as bringing in FB Jon Conner, gave the rushing attack some semblance of order until Brown returned.

Overall, the management team, particularly Reese, understand they are perhaps a few years behind thanks to hubris, poor planning and bad luck. They have parted ways with OC Kevin Gilbride, but they need to get more quality players in the door in 2014 if they are to rebound.

LIU




9 comments
Bo Beck
Bo Beck

There are OL to be had in FA please sign 2. Love Tuck but only at a team friendly contract. Darren McFadden should be signed and make a huge push at Finley if he becomes a FA. That should fix a lot of the offensive woes.

Beason and a CB would be great as well. Rolle needs to be signed back. Trade up in the draft for the first time in god knows how long and draft Mack. And please draft a true back up QB, Mettenburger, Murray, or McCarron.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Mr.F---

WHEN will REESE be held ACCOUNTABLE ?!?!?!?!?


Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Once Again you missed the Mark....

Which Would Be BETTER for the NYG's..

7-9, picking 12th in the 2014 Draft, -1 Draft Pick, or

5-11, picking 8th in the 2014 Draft, all Picks ?!?!?!?

cole3244
cole3244

loyalty is too be commended and the jints treat their players well for the most part but. 

when loyalty clouds your judgement when evaluating players and coaches that is a formula for disaster and we are seeing the beginning of that now, making small adjustments to satisfy the fans who fill the seats is only putting off the obvious and the rebuilding of the franchise.

Matthew Cohen
Matthew Cohen

Let's not forget the Webster deal.  I wanted him gone before the season.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants

@Bo Beck I say no to McFadden. Had him in fantasy and he is constantly hurt. I agree with Francesa about signing other team's RB castoffs. Buyer beware. If they sign a pro RB it's got to be a guy with more tread on the tires than MJD or McFadden. They'll already be taking a chance with Andre Brown, so they need fresh legs to rely on.

SNYGiants
SNYGiants

@Skookaloop So they were supposed to lose the last two games? I'm sure the league office would have a problem with that. You play to win in this league. The reality is, as bad as they were, they could have won nine games....