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A significant reason for those failures is revealed in an examination of what needs to be the franchise’s foundation for sustained success: the players.
The losing isn’t the only thing bad for business. Bad personnel decisions are, too.
The Giants have drafted 45 players since winning Super Bowl XLII at the end of the 2007 season. Just 21 of those remain on their active roster; two are on injured reserve (David Wilson, Cooper Taylor) and three others on the roster of other teams (Matt McCants, Mario Manningham and Bryan Kehl).
A staggering 19 of those former Giants draft picks currently are not in the league.
That’s far too much coal under the draft day Christmas tree for a team that has widely been considered a model of consistency over the past decade.
Every snap will be evaluated and coach Tom Coughlin admitted, "Of course, we’re going to be extremely critical of those first six.’’ Mara will be heartened that Coughlin managed to avoid a 4-12 or 3-13 collapse, but the strong hunch here is the man writing the checks will not at all be fooled or swayed by the upsurge in the last 10 games.
Here’s another hunch: Mara will come down harder on general manager Jerry Reese — the guy picking the players — than he does on Coughlin, the guy coaching them. Neither is going anywhere, but Mara undoubtedly will see a roster lacking in too many areas and severe depth issues on the offensive line and running back, the two positions hit hardest by injuries. That could lead to alterations in the player personnel and scouting departments. Those imported from the NFL Draft have not successfully restocked the shelves with quality goods.
Considering the Giants may have some salary cap space to play with, especially if they extend Eli Manning’s contract, a turnaround next season is likely. All they need to do is not make any rash decisions — like firing the coach or GM — and then address these five huge needs.
The Giants need an upgrade in personnel, not on the coaching staff. General manager Jerry Reese needs to spend less time worrying about the salary cap and more time finding talent.
Today we list 14 reasons why Kevin Gilbride should be replaced next season.
Tom Coughlin’s not going anywhere. Let’s get that straight, once and for all. Somewhere along the path to the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, chatter began that the 67-year-old head coach might be on his way out, either by retirement or by the ax.