The week following the end of the 2015 season was a rough one for the New York Giants. They had to part ways with a long-time, beloved, and very well respected head coach after their third consecutive losing season. And while the parting was about as amicable as could be expected, general manager Jerry Reese appeared defensive when challenged on his personnel and draft decisions.
Following new head coach Ben McAdoo's introductory press conference, Reese was much more definitive in taking the blame for personnel failures.
Jerry Reese: "If a guy doesn't pan out, it's my responsibility. It's the GM's responsibility."— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) January 15, 2016
Jerry Reese: "When things go bad with the personnel, it's my fault. Last week we couldn't get that right. It's my fault." #Giants— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 15, 2016
Jerry Reese: 'it's my fault when something goes wrong on personnel. You got that? My fault.' #Giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) January 15, 2016
Jerry Reese was very cordial. Was not being defensive there #Giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) January 15, 2016
After repeatedly taking responsibility for the talent the coach has to work with, Reese talked about getting down to the business of moving forward.
"It's not just about the offense. It's the team as a whole - offense, defense, and special teams." - Reese— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
"We think he is the coach of the future for us." - GM Jerry Reese on Ben McAdoo— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
"We're working hard to move forward." - GM Jerry Reese— New York Giants (@Giants) January 15, 2016
In his part of the press conference, McAdoo talked about working with Reese.
McAdoo on personnel: 'I'll coach the team.' Indicated there will be 'open dialogue' with Jerry Reese and his staff— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) January 15, 2016
Pretty clear Giants structure remains the same -- McAdoo: "Jerry (Reese) and the personnel side handle the personnel, I'll coach the team."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 15, 2016
McAdoo: "We are going to support Jerry any way we can" in personnel— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) January 15, 2016