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Giants' John Mara continues to voice confidence in GM Jerry Reese

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Mara talks about state of Giants on ESPN Radio.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Friday on the Michael Kay Show (ESPN Radio) that Jerry Reese remains the general manager because Mara has "every confidence" that Reese can fix the issues that have led to three straight losing seasons.

"I have every confidence that Jerry is going to repair the damage that's been done here," Mara said.

"I still believe that Jerry is the right guy to put a team together for us ... yes, we've made some mistakes, all organizations make some mistakes along the way. Unfortunately, ours came with really two or three drafts in a row. I still believe he's the right guy to do it because he's done it before."

Mara did admit that the Giants need to put together a more talented roster.

"I want to see a roster next year at this time that looks a lot better than the one we just had. There's no reason that can't happen," he said.

On Tom Coughlin

"It's difficult to see him walk out the door, it really was. He was such a great coach for us and did so much for our organization."

Kay asked Mara directly "why is he not the coach anymore?"

"All good things come to an end at some point in time. He did come in to us and say that he thinks it's time for a change," Mara said.

"We didn't fight him on it. Twelve years is a lifetime, more than a lifetime, in the NFL. It was time for us to go in different directions I think. Obviously, we did not give him the best possible personnel to play with this season. He did the best he could with what he had. That's on us as an organization. It was a failure on our part."

Mara said Coughlin would be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor next season unless he is coaching elsewhere.

On Odell Beckham Jr.

Mara was about the game against the Carolina Panthers that led to Beckham's one-game suspension.

"I'm not worried about him going forward. I was very disturbed at what happened during that game and was frankly disappointed that we didn't deal with it better on the sideline.

"I'm not worried about him going forward. He is a good kid and he's so driven and wants to be the best player in the league."

On finding a new coach

"There's no specific timetable. We want to make sure we get the right guy. There's always an advantage to trying to do it sooner rather than later.

"I'd like to get it done soon, but not at the expense of finding the right guy."

What is Mara looking for in a coach?

"I don't care whether the guy is a big name or not. That doesn't lat very long. It gets you by the first press conference, but once you start playing games nobody cares whether he's a big name or not. They care whether you're winning."

Mara pointed to the Pittsburgh Steelers' hiring of Mike Tomlin to replace Bill Cowher after just one season as a coordinator.

"It's the toughest decision that you ever make in this business far and away trying to project who your next head coach is going to be because until they've actually done it and done it successfully in the league over an extended period of time you really have no idea whether they're going to be a successful head coach or not."