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John Mara: "Drafting the right way" is key to Giants turnaround

Co-owner again says Giants have to get better players.

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In every interview he has given since the 2015 season ended, New York Giants co-owner John Mara has hammered home the point that the team's roster just has not been good enough in recent years. He continued to make that point on Friday as the team introduced Ben McAdoo as its 17th head coach.

"I think this guy has everything that you need to be a successful head coach," Mara said. "Now we have to help him and get him better personnel."

The Giants will have upwards of $50 million in salary cap space, perhaps more than $60 million, this offseason. Mara, though, also made it clear that getting your picks right in the draft is the way to build a franchise, not by purchasing expensive free agents.

"First thing we have to do is get them (the coaching staff) better players. That comes through the draft and we got some room to do some things in free agency, too," Mara said. "One of the things that I liked about Ben was that he realizes that free agency is not the, be all end all. It's still the Draft and you can fill in some holes in free agency but it's still about drafting the right way."

Mara said McAdoo's view of the roster is not quite as gloomy as his own.

"One of the things I was encouraged about, I mean he's on the same page in terms of what we need, I don't think his view is as maybe as dim as mine has been but he knows where we need to improve and he knows what we need to do," Mara said. "I think he'll work very well with our personnel department, he already has. He's been in our draft room, even as a coordinator was not the least bit afraid to voice his opinion and be firm about it, but he did it in a respectful matter and I think he's going to be very helpful to that process."

Mara said at the end of the season that he felt the organization had lost some credibility in recent years and that the losing "tears me up."

"It's been three and a half awful years and the last Super Bowl is a distant memory at this point," Mara said. "We long ago lost the benefit of the doubt with our fans and stuff. That's what happens when you have three losing seasons. Really it's been three and a half, it goes back to the second half of the 2012 season, and then the following three years have been miserable. It's time to start on a new course.

"I accept my share of the blame for what has gone on. I got a lot of love letters recently from our fans; one of them wrote me and said that "The problem with the organization is sitting right in your chair". Another one put it a little more succinctly and he said, "The fish stinks from the head down". I take that personally and I accept my share, this is all under my watch, and I know we need to get better as an organization. What gives me confidence is that I know we've done it before and I believe we have the right people here to do it again. I believe we can do it under this head coach."

That process will start with Mara, McAdoo, and Reese figuring out how to put better players in Giants' uniforms beginning next season.