Jerry Reese - The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese said Monday that 'We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7.'
General manager Jerry Reese ends the 2012 season just like everybody else. He can't figure out why the New York Giants are so good some weeks and so terrible other weeks.
"It’s very frustrating when you go out there and you see us play very well at some point during the season and then at other times, we don’t play very well. It’s a head scratcher a little bit for me and for the head coach and for everybody in the organization. Why can’t we be more consistent and play at a high level every week?," Reese wondered during his season-ending press briefing Monday. "But it’s the National Football League. Nobody plays at a high level every weekend. You see some of the teams…it’s a week to week league. Some weeks it’s Houston that’s on top, then Green Bay’s on top, then New England’s on top. It’s a tough league. It’s a hard league, but if you want to be good, you have to play consistent every weekend."
Reese was clear that this season was not good enough.
"We don’t get paid here for the Giants to go 9-7. We got away with that last year, things worked out for us, but we don’t go into our season saying, 'Man, let’s go 9-7,' " Reese said. "We set the bar very high here and we didn’t get the job done. Like I said, I wish I could say something clever to make it sound good, but we didn’t get the job done."
Reese, as expected, would not go into specifics about the futures of individual players. He said the organization will "let our emotions die down a little bit" before making any decisions.
"I don’t think we’re that far off, to be honest with you. This team will look different next year, but I think we’ll have a good core of players coming back and I think we can see what we can do in free agency in the off-season," Reese said. "Of course, we always have the draft. We’ll start rebuilding a team and the evaluation process has started already. We put our heads together and we let our emotions die down a little bit and really step back and see what happened. Why are we not playing right now?"