Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here is a look at stories making headlines around the Giants this morning.
From the 2008 through 2010 classes, just one pick in the third round or later, Andre Brown, remains with the Giants. Nine have washed out of football and five never played in the NFL. Furthermore, four from the 2011 draft — Marvin Austin, Tyler Sash, Greg Jones and Da’Rel Scott — are also currently out of football.
The ones that remain have not impressed, either.
This has left the Giants roster without depth, and void of talent as they embark on a major rebuilding effort this offseason. As a result, according to multiple people briefed on the situation, one of the more important shakeups this offseason may be within the team’s scouting and player evaluation departments. Those people requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter.
And while those moves may not come until after the draft — a large portion of the prep work is already underway for 2014 — the glaring lack of talent on the roster is a source of concern.
It’s just silly to assert that Coughlin has lost the locker room when only a handful of players are left from the team that won the Super Bowl six years ago.
Coughlin hasn’t forgotten how to coach. The Giants are ancient and injured. They have no running backs. They have a geriatric defensive line, an emaciated secondary, no linebackers of note, and a franchise quarterback who has thrown an appalling 25 interceptions.
Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka confirmed on ESPN radio on Tuesday afternoon that there was real tension between the offense and defense during Sunday’s 23-0 loss to Seattle.
After the game, that tension surfaced in some post-game sniping between the units.
"Yeah," Kiwanuka said. "Absolutely there’s tension. We’re human. We’re a team. We consider ourselves like a family. Any family there are going to be issues that come up. It’s about how you deal with it.
"In the heat of the game, things need to be said if somebody’s not getting the job done. "
As far as Antrel Rolle is concerned, the Giants’ disappointing 2013 season has not been about messages not getting through, locker room strife or divisiveness, the things the media love to point to first.
He said it has all boiled down to the old standbys — dedication, focus and execution.
"When you look at certain individuals you see people out there giving their all, busting their butt every single play. Then other times you don’t see that. At the end of the day those players need to look in the mirror and hold themselves accountable," Rolle said. "And as a team you need everyone to do that. Not just Eli, not just Tuck, not just coach Coughlin, not myself, but everyone. That’s the only time I’ve ever seen us win in this league, when we were all on the same page with the same mentality ready to fight for the brother next to him."