Mara making changes, but not blowing things up…yet

Giants CEO John Mara appeared on WFAN with Mike Francesa this afternoon. Some highlights…

On Kevin Gilbride: “Sometimes you have to have new ideas in there….” and “Fortunately it didn’t come to any type of situation where he had to be forced out.”

On Tom Coughlin: “He all of a sudden didn’t forget how to coach,” and still believes the team listens to his message….The guy is still as good a coach as there is out there. Let’s see if we can help him by getting him some better personnel”

On how long Tom will coach: “We’ll both know when it’s time…”

On WR Hakeem Nicks: “Hopefully he’ll be with us, but if not, hopefully he’ll do it for someone else.”

Mara stated changes need to be made, especially on the offensive and offensive line, but feels it’s not necessary to blow it all up: “There comes a time where you have to do that and I don’t think that this is the time”

Mara made no excuses for the team’s 0-6 start but said the team did fall on some hard luck injury-wise. He mentioned the Giants were limited because of injuries and cited a study done by a Dallas Cowboys beat writer:

“The New York Giants lost a league-high 91 games by starters because of injury, including 26 on the offensive line. Starting free safety Stevie Brown missed the season with a summer knee injury, and top cornerback Corey Webster sat the final 14 games with a groin injury.” – Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News

The Colts and Patriots ranked 2-3 in the study and ironically, they play one another in the AFC Divisional Playoffs this Saturday.