The New York Giants are one of the NFL's original franchises. They are one of the league's standard-bearers, four-time Super Bowl champions, and an organization that values its reputation as a model for others to follow. So, on the day former coach Tom Coughlin bid farewell co-owner John Mara was turning his attention to turning around an organization that has lost its way.
"We've had three losing years in a row. Let's be honest, we've lost some credibility as an organization," Mara said. "When you have three losing years in a row like that, you face a lot of criticism. A lot of it is deserved. It's up to us now to turn that around and get back to where I think we should be."
The Giants have gone 7-9, 6-10, 6-10 the past three seasons.
"The first thing we have to do is obviously find the right guy to lead our organization as a head coach," Mara said. "But we need to bring some more players in here, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. That's where we were obviously lacking this year."
Mara will continue to allow Jerry Reese to be the general manager. It is clear, though, that he is expecting better results.
Is Mara right? Has the franchise lost some of its credibility?