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If you could put your finger on the biggest mistake

RELICDOA : 3/10/2019 11:50 am
The Giants have made since our last run what would you say it is? I know itís an acculative string of events but what in your opinion is the biggest?
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Drafting wasn't good enough  
JonC : 3/11/2019 9:14 am : link
especially on the OL.
RE: McAdoo made some fundamental mistakes in 2017  
dep026 : 3/11/2019 9:16 am : link
In comment 14323396 Go Terps said:
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But yeah it became clear pretty quickly in 2018 that he wasn't the problem.

I do think we're worse now at head coach than we were. Certainly on Sundays.


I saw a bad team in 2017 and 2018. The difference was the 2018 team went down fighting every game. The 2017 teams quit in a lot. Players were suspended. Players walked out.

There was no respect for McAdoo in the locker room, whether it was jsutified or not. I think McAdoo's ego was much larger than people realized.
I'm curious as to what you see that justifies this statement  
jcn56 : 3/11/2019 9:17 am : link
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Gettleman has a completely different take on the draft. He's not a guy who will take fliers on workout warrior types. He believes very much in trusting scouting reports. He also will put a heavy emphasis on the OL, DL and LB positions. Reese valued DL, but was very bad at addressing the OL and LB position.


You seem to think Reese (who was the head of the scouting department before his promotion) didn't trust scouting reports and instead went the workout warrior route?

Reese did put an emphasis on the OL - just too late, and the players he picked weren't good enough. Flowers was a bust. Richburg regressed and ended up being too small for his position (hardly a workout warrior). Pugh was oft injured.

Are you suggesting that these players had different ratings from the scouting department and Reese just decided to ignore them?
Getting rid of Coughlin before Reese...  
90.Cal : 3/11/2019 9:19 am : link
He should still be apart of this organization... they should have fired Reese two years sooner and TC could have stayed as HC AND took over some of the GM responsibilities before finding his replacement at HC and then transfering into the front office afterwards.
But picking Flowers and Apple top 10 back to back years  
90.Cal : 3/11/2019 9:20 am : link
Is easily right up there too..
the root of the problem  
giantfan2000 : 3/11/2019 9:20 am : link
I have always argued the root of the Giants problem was Tom Coughlin's Strength and Conditioning program.

As someone noted we actually had some great players whose careers were cut short and attributed it to "Bad luck"
but the way that our players careers ended points to the poor S & C program

my example is Hakeem Nicks. - after Giants' last super bowl it looked like Nicks was going to be an elite NFL receiver for the next 5 years ..
he had foot injury the next year and seemed to be rushed back and then had a knee injury - he was never the same player ...
instead of Giants having elite receiver Nicks career was done.. Remember Giants drafted OBJ when Nicks was still 26!!!!!!!!

This happened over and over during TC years .. Giants would draft a potentially great player .. only for them to have injury and then never come back to same level as before or worse get a new injury right when they came back.

This meant instead of building a team over a few years -- Reese had to keep on redrafting the same positions to replace injured players.

if you look at TC reign in Jacksonville the same thing is happening there .. Jacksonville has been one of the most injuried teams the past two years .. last year they were number 1
so it is hard to argue it is bad luck ..

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arcarsenal : 3/11/2019 9:21 am : link
If a football coaches best quality was his clock management, he probably wasn't a very good coach.

McAdoo won't get another HC job in this league any time soon. He sucked. As soon as Coughlin walked out the door and the offense was left to him, it became an abject disaster.

When an "offensive guy" has your team 26th and 31st in points scored his 2 years with the team, it's time to go.

He lost the locker room, was the coach during the most embarrassing circus (Geno Smith) we've dealt with in quite some time.... very Jets-ian.

Good riddance. Guy sucked.

Maybe Pat Shurmur will too. But at least the guy who came in here with an offensive pedigree actually got better out of this offense... and 30 points no longer are this magical barrier that the Giants are incapable of passing.
No..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 9:23 am : link
Reese was very by the book for his first rounders, and for the most part he hit on them.

Where he took fliers was in the middle rounds, but unfortunately he lost the majority of the time. The vast majority.

Just look at the Clint Sintim pick, for example. Took a player who didn't project well to the system we were running. Adrian Robinson was more of a H-Back than a TE. He took guys in those rounds that had raw potential, but weren't very good at football.

And I'd disagree that Reese put an emphasis on the OL. He didn't look at it as an issue until it was too late. We can laugh at the Hog Mollie comments, but Gettleman believes very much in focusing on the lines, not just for the present, but for the future.

If reese took the same care in having depth on the OL as he did in the DL, we may not have had so many issues.
That//  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 9:24 am : link
is a really bad example:

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my example is Hakeem Nicks. - after Giants' last super bowl it looked like Nicks was going to be an elite NFL receiver for the next 5 years ..
he had foot injury the next year and seemed to be rushed back and then had a knee injury - he was never the same player ...
instead of Giants having elite receiver Nicks career was done.. Remember Giants drafted OBJ when Nicks was still 26!!!!!!!!


Nicks career is over because of Compartment Syndrome and the after-effects. He has permanent nerve damage. I have no fucking clue how that relates to Strength and Conditioning.
No - if Reese had been as accurate as picking OL  
jcn56 : 3/11/2019 9:28 am : link
as DL - we wouldn't have the same issue.

The DL had talent leave in FA and replenished in the draft. They managed to pick both ends and tackles to replace players who were hurt or left on a regular basis.

The OL on the other hand had no such luck. Players who were brought in via FA (Baas, Schwartz) were disappointments. Players who were drafted (Pugh, Richburgh, Flowers) were no better. That's a lot of money and high draft picks that all didn't pan out. If anything, that suggests a pretty significant failure of both the pro personnel and scouting departments.

Which isn't to absolve Reese - he was responsible for both of them. The problem here is Reese is gone - and both those departments remain, untouched. The implication is that the focus of the GM will somehow make their player evaluations better, and that's some wishful thinking if I've ever heard it.
Except there is one..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 9:32 am : link
major difference - Gettleman also has a say in the scouting. He's doing his own grades on the prospects. I'm not certain of this because it comes as hearsay, but Reese no longer actively evaluated guys when he became GM - he was more of a manager who relied on the team for the consensus input.

I'd love to have somebody corroborate that though. From what I heard, Reese took a lot of interest in the 1st round picks but after that relied more on the team.
Does that make it much better, though?  
jcn56 : 3/11/2019 9:38 am : link
I've said this since the day Gettleman was hired - my objection to his hiring was more about the process that led it to the hiring and the comfort level than it was about Gettleman himself.

Gettleman might be scouting every last prospect personally (and I would hope he would). If Reese hadn't been doing that (something we can only assume is true based on rumors), then he was more reliant on those same departments.

Even if Gettleman is doing all this extra due diligence - he's still one person, and this is a shit ton of work. If those departments were leaned on more heavily by Reese, it means that they were even more responsible for the bad drafting than previously thought, and that bad foundation still sits below Gettleman.

The team needed an enema, and didn't get one.
Reese was a terrific scout in the main, so  
Big Blue '56 : 3/11/2019 9:41 am : link
if the comments above are true, some of his demise might be attributable to the fact that his level of participation was confined to first rounders only
I agree..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 9:42 am : link
with that.

However, we shouldn't underestimate Marc Ross's departure. Ross had a lot of influence on the draft and he was basically the guy who represented the scouting team.

Was he a fall guy for their failings or was he a guy who mucked stuff up?

The Giants scouting department has a lot of long-time guys there. Ones that preceded Reese and who had some very good drafts prior.
I think it's Reese's 1st  
pjcas18 : 3/11/2019 9:51 am : link
round that was the beginning of the end.

As GM he started out well (Ross, KP, Nicks, JPP). While Ross was not a player I wanted (mostly b/c of his age) hard to argue with the success.

Prince. eh, this was one "we can't believe he's still here" and Prince wasn't awful, but It was one of the first signs of the team not having a draft plan IMO.

Wilson was next, and I won't judge this with hind sight, no one can predict injuries, but it just wasn't a good use of resources and almost reeked of arrogance as SB champs.

Then the wheels start to come off and some of this is hind sight but the signs were there.

Pugh. Pugh had some success, but when you draft a guy top 20 and immediately have questions (is he a LT, is he a RT, is he a G) then you show symptoms of not really knowing who you drafted. This is different than saying he will be our LT, but he's going to start at RT b/c we have a need there or b/c we want to bring him along slowly, etc.

Beckham, HR. No issues with this pick, now or at the time.

Then the wheels are fully off:

Flowers, Apple, Engram. Even if Engram salvages a career as a useful TE, almost every pick after Engram the rest of the round would have been better. I always say you can 2nd guess every draft pick, but when you do it on draft day that's different IMO.

So his 1st round misses IMO could have saved his job or bought him more time, but that led to the visible reasons why Reese needed to go.

and he had other draft failure (it's almost like the 3rd round was viewed as a throw-away pick for Reese) but IMO going from a solid 1st round track record to 4 out of 5 misses led to Reese's removal needing to happen.
This team has been poorly coached for years now  
RollBlue : 3/11/2019 9:51 am : link
TC wasn;t very good in his final few years. McAdoo went 11-5 - mostly due to OBJ and a great defense (big time FA signings by Reese). Then that defense went downhill mainly due to piss poor management of the locker room, which for the most part falls at McAdoo's feet.

I don't even know if McAdoo was even Reese's choice, but he gets far too much grief around here as successful as he was, for the most part.

It was time to make a change at GM, I can't understand why people think TC should still be here - he was part of the problem at the end. It's kind of like SU going downhill with Boeheim at 74 years old - team has been medicore for 5 straight years - I really wish he had stuck to the original plan and retired two years ago and let Hopkins take over.
RE: I agree..  
Mike in NY : 3/11/2019 9:53 am : link
In comment 14323686 FatMan in Charlotte said:
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with that.

However, we shouldn't underestimate Marc Ross's departure. Ross had a lot of influence on the draft and he was basically the guy who represented the scouting team.

Was he a fall guy for their failings or was he a guy who mucked stuff up?

The Giants scouting department has a lot of long-time guys there. Ones that preceded Reese and who had some very good drafts prior.


Considering Marc Ross does not have a track record of success anywhere, I go with the latter. The drafting seemed to be for bodies at positions rather than fitting schemes. Flowers was built for a completely different type of offensive scheme than Pugh or Richburg. Tom Coughlin in his prime knew exactly what he wanted at each position and when he was able to convey that to Reese and Accorsi they focused on that. Was Coughlin losing that ability at the end of his tenure which compounded the problem of Marc Ross?
to be fair we don't know how many changes Gettleman has made BTS  
Eric on Li : 3/11/2019 9:54 am : link
we know he whacked Ross instantly and promoted the other guy, and brought in someone from his time in Carolina I believe as an advisor to change the way they stacked their draft board. We also know he had a really solid first draft. If we can get 3 more Hernandez, Hill, and Carters (I'm a Mcintosh fan as well so if you want to up that to 4 go ahead) in the trenches, it's going to be a big boost to this team's play at the LOS - which was a common refrain in the failings of the org over the past decade.

I think the jury is still out on both Gettleman and Shurmur, but both showed enough signs of encouragement in year 1 that there's some hope we're heading in the right direction. Zeitler is an early sign of encouragement for me heading into offseason 2. This wasn't a simple situation to turn around.
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arcarsenal : 3/11/2019 9:54 am : link
I don't want to make Marc Ross the fall guy for all of the bad drafts during the Reese era - but it is hard to figure out what he actually did well or deserves credit for...
RE: RE: I think Maraís biggest issue is sensitivity to what the fans think  
Sean : 3/11/2019 9:56 am : link
In comment 14323242 Go Terps said:
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In comment 14323173 Sean said:


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A lot of the last 2 years can be pointed to how pathetic the fans acted during the Eli benching at 2-9. Fans bought fucking billboards.



If you haven't listened to the Evan Silva podcast from a few days ago (Big Blue Bubble Boy), listen to it. I'm sure it overstates Mike Francesa's influence, but the points hold. It's a good summary of why the Giants are where they are.


Just listened to this. Damn, that was depressing.
SU..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 9:56 am : link
is going downhill??

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It's kind of like SU going downhill with Boeheim at 74 years old - team has been medicore for 5 straight years


In that "mediocre" time, they have 2 berths in the Sweet 16, including a Semifinal loss to UNC. And going back 7 years, they have 2 losses in the Semifinal.
Although, they lost me with the analyzation of Mara  
Sean : 3/11/2019 9:58 am : link
I guess 2007 & 2011 SB titles donít count?
And I know nobody wants to hear it  
jcn56 : 3/11/2019 10:06 am : link
but since all we can do is speculate - there's still one big hanging question in there, and that's the role of Chris Mara.

From a titular perspective he's an important part of all of this. And if that title is not just in name only, then he's also largely to blame for the current state of the roster.

Who really knows, though? Does anyone know whether Reese really only looked after the 1st round scouting reports and disengaged later? Or if Chris Mara would rather hit up the racetrack than be involved in the front office, and he only retains the title so that he can make small talk at cocktail parties? I don't. But like Terps said - from the outside looking in, there are a lot more signs of dysfunction than of a solid organization working through a down period.
I really..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 3/11/2019 10:08 am : link
don't know how involved Chris Mara is.

Excellent question.
I donít see dysfunction per se.  
Big Blue '56 : 3/11/2019 10:09 am : link
Sometimes, people lose their mojo or they just become complacent. Or they simply lose it altogether. That would be Reese, imv..

Could be as simple as that
RE: Although, they lost me with the analyzation of Mara  
arcarsenal : 3/11/2019 10:13 am : link
In comment 14323716 Sean said:
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I guess 2007 & 2011 SB titles donít count?


The part about getting rid of Barkley and starting Lauletta should have lost you, too.

Some of their points were terrible.

I don't know when Evan Silva became a guy we actually care about around here, but I guess as long as he trashes the Giants, he's relevant.
Evan Silva has made the rare turn from shitty fantasy analyst  
Eric on Li : 3/11/2019 10:23 am : link
to shitty real football analyst while lacking any real credentials or accomplishments. I can tell you first hand his main "publication" of employment scrapes even lower in the barrel and mismanages their content worse than the worldwide leader. By far. Don't mistake being in the public domain long enough to get access to credible people obscure the fact that he himself is Matthew Berry without the professional writing credits.
RE: I think it's Reese's 1st  
RobCarpenter : 3/11/2019 10:37 am : link
In comment 14323699 pjcas18 said:
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round that was the beginning of the end.

As GM he started out well (Ross, KP, Nicks, JPP). While Ross was not a player I wanted (mostly b/c of his age) hard to argue with the success.

Prince. eh, this was one "we can't believe he's still here" and Prince wasn't awful, but It was one of the first signs of the team not having a draft plan IMO.

Wilson was next, and I won't judge this with hind sight, no one can predict injuries, but it just wasn't a good use of resources and almost reeked of arrogance as SB champs.

Then the wheels start to come off and some of this is hind sight but the signs were there.

Pugh. Pugh had some success, but when you draft a guy top 20 and immediately have questions (is he a LT, is he a RT, is he a G) then you show symptoms of not really knowing who you drafted. This is different than saying he will be our LT, but he's going to start at RT b/c we have a need there or b/c we want to bring him along slowly, etc.

Beckham, HR. No issues with this pick, now or at the time.

Then the wheels are fully off:

Flowers, Apple, Engram. Even if Engram salvages a career as a useful TE, almost every pick after Engram the rest of the round would have been better. I always say you can 2nd guess every draft pick, but when you do it on draft day that's different IMO.

So his 1st round misses IMO could have saved his job or bought him more time, but that led to the visible reasons why Reese needed to go.

and he had other draft failure (it's almost like the 3rd round was viewed as a throw-away pick for Reese) but IMO going from a solid 1st round track record to 4 out of 5 misses led to Reese's removal needing to happen.


He almost never hit on second round picks - you cannot miss on these either. And there are some real dogs there.

Here's the list from 2008 to 2017:

Terrell Thomas
Clint Sintim and Will Beatty
Linval Joseph
Marvin Austin
Rueben Randle
Jonathan Hankins
Weston Richburg
Landon Collins
Sterling Shepard
Dalvin Tomlinson

By far the best player on that list is Joseph - and he chose not to keep him.

I tend to think SS is a JAG, I'm not sure how Tomlinson will turn out. And these guys are out of the league:

Thomas
Austin
Randle
Sintim and Beatty (Sintim only played two seasons)

Hankins signed with the Raiders but I doubt he makes it out of camp.
RE: RE: I think it's Reese's 1st  
pjcas18 : 3/11/2019 10:55 am : link
In comment 14323806 RobCarpenter said:
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In comment 14323699 pjcas18 said:


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round that was the beginning of the end.

As GM he started out well (Ross, KP, Nicks, JPP). While Ross was not a player I wanted (mostly b/c of his age) hard to argue with the success.

Prince. eh, this was one "we can't believe he's still here" and Prince wasn't awful, but It was one of the first signs of the team not having a draft plan IMO.

Wilson was next, and I won't judge this with hind sight, no one can predict injuries, but it just wasn't a good use of resources and almost reeked of arrogance as SB champs.

Then the wheels start to come off and some of this is hind sight but the signs were there.

Pugh. Pugh had some success, but when you draft a guy top 20 and immediately have questions (is he a LT, is he a RT, is he a G) then you show symptoms of not really knowing who you drafted. This is different than saying he will be our LT, but he's going to start at RT b/c we have a need there or b/c we want to bring him along slowly, etc.

Beckham, HR. No issues with this pick, now or at the time.

Then the wheels are fully off:

Flowers, Apple, Engram. Even if Engram salvages a career as a useful TE, almost every pick after Engram the rest of the round would have been better. I always say you can 2nd guess every draft pick, but when you do it on draft day that's different IMO.

So his 1st round misses IMO could have saved his job or bought him more time, but that led to the visible reasons why Reese needed to go.

and he had other draft failure (it's almost like the 3rd round was viewed as a throw-away pick for Reese) but IMO going from a solid 1st round track record to 4 out of 5 misses led to Reese's removal needing to happen.



He almost never hit on second round picks - you cannot miss on these either. And there are some real dogs there.

Here's the list from 2008 to 2017:

Terrell Thomas
Clint Sintim and Will Beatty
Linval Joseph
Marvin Austin
Rueben Randle
Jonathan Hankins
Weston Richburg
Landon Collins
Sterling Shepard
Dalvin Tomlinson

By far the best player on that list is Joseph - and he chose not to keep him.

I tend to think SS is a JAG, I'm not sure how Tomlinson will turn out. And these guys are out of the league:

Thomas
Austin
Randle
Sintim and Beatty (Sintim only played two seasons)

Hankins signed with the Raiders but I doubt he makes it out of camp.


Agree to a point, but 2nd round picks b/c of the contract being less, etc. if you miss it's not quite is debilitating to the team. You should still hit on your 2nd round picks and worst case should be a JAG, but his 2nd round wasn't as bad as the catastrophic misses of Flowers and Apple IMO.

I'd put Collins up there with Linval, mainly because Collins plays close to 100% of the snaps and Linval played around 50-60% with the Giants.

I'd call these players hits for 2nd round picks:

Shepard
Collins
Hankins
Linval
Steve Smith

I'd say massive whiff on:
Austin
Richburg

incomplete:
Tomlinson

not whiff or hit:
Terrell Thomas
Will Beatty
Randle - look at his stats, he was a bonehead, but he put up #'s
Oh  
pjcas18 : 3/11/2019 10:56 am : link
and Sintim was a massive whiff, I omitted him.
Biggest mistake- Poor business management in the Owners' box  
HomerJones45 : 3/11/2019 11:03 am : link
- overestimating the talent level on the team after 2011 which resulted in the command to go one more round to open the new Stadium.

- listening to Reese's excuses and finger pointing which resulted in firing competent people with proven track records and placing a $100 million bet on his competency when it should have been obvious that the team had been losing more talent to retirements, free agency and injuries than Reese was bringing in and had been doing so since 2009.

This did not need to happen.
RE: hiring marc ross  
Alex_Webster : 3/11/2019 11:10 am : link
In comment 14322814 DavidinBMNY said:
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He was awful.


I think this was biggest mistake. And Reese not doing anything about it 2nd.
RE: Oh  
RobCarpenter : 3/11/2019 11:23 am : link
In comment 14323882 pjcas18 said:
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and Sintim was a massive whiff, I omitted him.


Hankins was a whiff too. And Steve Smith had one good season. Randle was finished in the NFL at age 25.

I agree that most of his first round picks were terrible, but you cannot miss on these second round picks either and expect to be competitive.
Promoting Reese to GM  
PEEJ : 3/11/2019 11:30 am : link
was the biggest mistake. He was great as a chief scout. GM was over his head
RE: RE: Oh  
pjcas18 : 3/11/2019 11:35 am : link
In comment 14323978 RobCarpenter said:
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and Sintim was a massive whiff, I omitted him.



Hankins was a whiff too. And Steve Smith had one good season. Randle was finished in the NFL at age 25.

I agree that most of his first round picks were terrible, but you cannot miss on these second round picks either and expect to be competitive.


Hankins was a serviceable player (at a minimum). Hey, at least he's still in the league.

Smith was injury related.

Randle is an interesting discussion when you try and figure out what went wrong.


Yes, he's out of the league, and he was not a great player, but it's hard to debate his production.

There are only 7 players from that entire draft class, at any position, with more receiving TD's than Randle (and he hasn't played a down in three seasons)

He's top 15 in that class for receptions. And again, he hasn't played a down in 3 years.

The players all ahead of him in receiving TD's and receptions all had at least 20 more games played (many played 40 games more).

Not saying he was a good player, but I'm not sure I fault Reese for his failure. Seemed like the talent was there.
RE: RE: Although, they lost me with the analyzation of Mara  
Sean : 3/11/2019 11:43 am : link
In comment 14323751 arcarsenal said:
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I guess 2007 & 2011 SB titles donít count?



The part about getting rid of Barkley and starting Lauletta should have lost you, too.

Some of their points were terrible.

I don't know when Evan Silva became a guy we actually care about around here, but I guess as long as he trashes the Giants, he's relevant.


Arc, as I continued to listen it struck me as a hit piece.

-Eli Apple was ascending? I thought that wa a good trade.
-How could you trade Snacks Harrison?
-Landon Collins is a star safety.

Itís easy to bash Mara right now, he deserves it. But, so much of this relates to a star player who has 2 SBís with this franchise ending his career. Itís very difficult to do & I think once there is a new QB here everyone will be looking at things with a clear set of eyes.

Mara deserves credit for 2007 & 2011, the entire fan base or just about wanted Coughlin gone after 2006.
I always found it strange  
Kyle in NY : 3/11/2019 11:44 am : link
that Randle was completely out of the league after four seasons. He was a frustrating player but he wasn't THAT bad.
For me it was a chain reaction  
Scott in Montreal : 3/11/2019 11:45 am : link
Not properly rebuilding the o-line, which in turn leads to not firing Reece much sooner, that lead to the final nail
of hiring MacAdoo.

Trifecta of shit..........
I'd rather get run over by a bus than have some idiot douche  
BlueLou'sBack : 3/11/2019 12:04 pm : link
Skins fan tell us "firing McAdoo was a mistake"... Holy cow has everyone forgotten how Mac lost every semblance of control or positive influence over the locker room in those 2 years?

The team headed straight to the toilet character wise under Mac, and Big Blue Pride was almost non-existent.

Mistake my arse. Not firing Reese and Ross along with TC was the the mistake, FO wise. We ended up with several smug narcissists in the FO instead of dudes with real roots in the game.

Let's see what product Gets puts on the field this year before we castigate him further. I want to see a team that's at least level at the LOS with the majority of the league. Gaining Zeitler was nice, but losing OV made that deal nearly a wash. We need 2-3 plus players added on the D front 7 now along with that RT.
RE: RE: RE: Oh  
RobCarpenter : 3/11/2019 12:04 pm : link
In comment 14324018 pjcas18 said:
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In comment 14323978 RobCarpenter said:


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In comment 14323882 pjcas18 said:


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and Sintim was a massive whiff, I omitted him.


Hankins was a whiff too. And Steve Smith had one good season. Randle was finished in the NFL at age 25.

I agree that most of his first round picks were terrible, but you cannot miss on these second round picks either and expect to be competitive.

Hankins was a serviceable player (at a minimum). Hey, at least he's still in the league.

Smith was injury related.

Randle is an interesting discussion when you try and figure out what went wrong.

Yes, he's out of the league, and he was not a great player, but it's hard to debate his production.

There are only 7 players from that entire draft class, at any position, with more receiving TD's than Randle (and he hasn't played a down in three seasons)

He's top 15 in that class for receptions. And again, he hasn't played a down in 3 years.

The players all ahead of him in receiving TD's and receptions all had at least 20 more games played (many played 40 games more).

Not saying he was a good player, but I'm not sure I fault Reese for his failure. Seemed like the talent was there.


Fair point on Hankins - but I think he'll be out of the league soon. And I'd forgotten about Smith's injury issues.

Randle had talent, but he had dropped into the second round for a reason. Every other team's GM seemed to know why, except for Reese. And the fact that he was out of the league when he was 25 speaks volumes. Hilton and Sanu at the WR slot would have been better choices than Randle.
RE: Firing Ben McAdoo was your biggest mistake  
Amtoft : 3/11/2019 12:37 pm : link
In comment 14323386 aceinthehouse said:
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Didn't even let him coach 2 full seasons, before firing him.

And once he knew Eli was the problem, he was fired for it. Even though you guys were littered with injuries in 2017, he was fired after going 2-10.

The Giants finished the 2016 season with an 11Ė5 record under McAdoo, tying the franchise record held by Dan Reeves for most regular season wins by a first year head coach. The Giants returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, but lost to the Green Bay Packers 38Ė13.

How you fire a coach that quick, is crazy. Whether you like him or not? He didn't deserve that & had the balls to replace Eli.

He knew what needed to be done. Unfortunately, he doesn't own the team.


McAdoo was losing the team and had no control.
Claiming that Reese addressed the OL adequately  
BlueLou'sBack : 3/11/2019 12:44 pm : link
re #s but just misjudged the prospects because of the picks Pugh, Richburg, and Flowers starting in 2013 completely mischaracterizes what Reese failed to do from 2007 through 2012. Do the math! Tons of picks in the first 3 rounds on WRs and TE types. Only one top pick (Will Beatty) on the OL. And you need 5 OL on ALL DOWNS. You need only 3-4 (WR + TE) the vast majority of downs. Yet we drafted lots of skills guys, and no OL (among the first 3 rounds) for 6 Fooking years. I will bet anyone the Giants were the only team in the NFL with that ratio of draft asset allocation of skills guys to OL. Yes he did bring in OL FAs who simply didn't work out. But I am talking about his draft philosophy. It failed, miserably.

Even more ironically, arguably our best WR during that time was UDFA Victor Cruz. So we didn't NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THOSE SKILLS GUYS at that concentration of picks that we should have been dedicating to OL to improve on and replace the DD, Seubert, Snee, MacKenzie and O'Hara OL.

When the wheels came off that unit, we didn't have even a broken bicycle of OL replacement parts in the garage.
RE: RE: RE: Although, they lost me with the analyzation of Mara  
arcarsenal : 3/11/2019 12:46 pm : link
In comment 14324040 Sean said:
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I guess 2007 & 2011 SB titles donít count?



The part about getting rid of Barkley and starting Lauletta should have lost you, too.

Some of their points were terrible.

I don't know when Evan Silva became a guy we actually care about around here, but I guess as long as he trashes the Giants, he's relevant.



Arc, as I continued to listen it struck me as a hit piece.

-Eli Apple was ascending? I thought that wa a good trade.
-How could you trade Snacks Harrison?
-Landon Collins is a star safety.

Itís easy to bash Mara right now, he deserves it. But, so much of this relates to a star player who has 2 SBís with this franchise ending his career. Itís very difficult to do & I think once there is a new QB here everyone will be looking at things with a clear set of eyes.

Mara deserves credit for 2007 & 2011, the entire fan base or just about wanted Coughlin gone after 2006.


I agree - the way the team is trying to bend over backwards to usher Eli out the right way now is just creating this overhang effect and I think once we finally just get out from under it, a lot of other stuff about the team will come into focus and be easier to make decisions on without all of this Eli stuff.

I wish it wouldn't continue to go this way with the band aid getting ripped off hair by painful hair... but at least we can be pretty sure that once the contract ends, it's over.

Still hope we draft Haskins or make a move for Rosen, personally. But if we go BPA and it's someone like Rashan Gary - I'm good with that too.
RE: Claiming that Reese addressed the OL adequately  
pjcas18 : 3/11/2019 1:03 pm : link
In comment 14324217 BlueLou'sBack said:
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re #s but just misjudged the prospects because of the picks Pugh, Richburg, and Flowers starting in 2013 completely mischaracterizes what Reese failed to do from 2007 through 2012. Do the math! Tons of picks in the first 3 rounds on WRs and TE types. Only one top pick (Will Beatty) on the OL. And you need 5 OL on ALL DOWNS. You need only 3-4 (WR + TE) the vast majority of downs. Yet we drafted lots of skills guys, and no OL (among the first 3 rounds) for 6 Fooking years. I will bet anyone the Giants were the only team in the NFL with that ratio of draft asset allocation of skills guys to OL. Yes he did bring in OL FAs who simply didn't work out. But I am talking about his draft philosophy. It failed, miserably.

Even more ironically, arguably our best WR during that time was UDFA Victor Cruz. So we didn't NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THOSE SKILLS GUYS at that concentration of picks that we should have been dedicating to OL to improve on and replace the DD, Seubert, Snee, MacKenzie and O'Hara OL.

When the wheels came off that unit, we didn't have even a broken bicycle of OL replacement parts in the garage.


Agree with this but what should have been happening all along was drafting OL projects (like other teams do) that were drafted and developed to eventually replace the veterans.

Guys like Adam Koets, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer, Matt McCants, Brandon Mosely, etc.

those guys are supposed to be your bridge to using premium picks again on the OL.

When the Giants had Diehl, Suebert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie all locked up and all young(ish) it didn't make sense to use a premium pick on the OL, especially with needs elsewhere.

That OL played an NFL record 34 consecutive games with the same OL configuration and Beatty was added to the mix to help replace a tackle.

Whether the OL failure was with those late round projects, the coaching, wrong FA's brought it, all of the above, etc. the execution failed - no doubt about it - but I'm not sure the approach was wrong.
RE: The Wilson pick  
bradshaw44 : 3/11/2019 1:08 pm : link
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At a time when the OL was in decline it showed they didn't understand what was important in building a team. Also, Wilson's size (he wasn't big enough to execute his blitz protections) meant he wasn't an every down back and you don't take a gadget back with a #1 pick.


THIS. I think this is the moment it started to go the wrong direction. As everyone stated it's allowing the OL to decline. And after winning the SB with a terrible OL, you take David F'ing Wilson with our first pick in the draft??? What the hell were they thinking?? This is definitely the first domino in a string of a terrible terrible drafting. Reese built too much credit with ownership after winning the second ring and we are paying for it today.
RE: RE: Claiming that Reese addressed the OL adequately  
.McL. : 3/11/2019 3:34 pm : link
In comment 14324274 pjcas18 said:
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re #s but just misjudged the prospects because of the picks Pugh, Richburg, and Flowers starting in 2013 completely mischaracterizes what Reese failed to do from 2007 through 2012. Do the math! Tons of picks in the first 3 rounds on WRs and TE types. Only one top pick (Will Beatty) on the OL. And you need 5 OL on ALL DOWNS. You need only 3-4 (WR + TE) the vast majority of downs. Yet we drafted lots of skills guys, and no OL (among the first 3 rounds) for 6 Fooking years. I will bet anyone the Giants were the only team in the NFL with that ratio of draft asset allocation of skills guys to OL. Yes he did bring in OL FAs who simply didn't work out. But I am talking about his draft philosophy. It failed, miserably.

Even more ironically, arguably our best WR during that time was UDFA Victor Cruz. So we didn't NEED TO BE INVESTING IN THOSE SKILLS GUYS at that concentration of picks that we should have been dedicating to OL to improve on and replace the DD, Seubert, Snee, MacKenzie and O'Hara OL.

When the wheels came off that unit, we didn't have even a broken bicycle of OL replacement parts in the garage.



Agree with this but what should have been happening all along was drafting OL projects (like other teams do) that were drafted and developed to eventually replace the veterans.

Guys like Adam Koets, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer, Matt McCants, Brandon Mosely, etc.

those guys are supposed to be your bridge to using premium picks again on the OL.

When the Giants had Diehl, Suebert, O'Hara, Snee and McKenzie all locked up and all young(ish) it didn't make sense to use a premium pick on the OL, especially with needs elsewhere.

That OL played an NFL record 34 consecutive games with the same OL configuration and Beatty was added to the mix to help replace a tackle.

Whether the OL failure was with those late round projects, the coaching, wrong FA's brought it, all of the above, etc. the execution failed - no doubt about it - but I'm not sure the approach was wrong.

No, the approach was wrong.
OL guys need more time to develop than other positions. Since the mid-2000s they have not been coming out of college with the same level of prep and experience to be pro-ready.
On top of taking more time, the change over to these spread systems means evaluators have less to go on. So the evaluations have become more hit and miss.
Taken together it means you need to be selecting guys with premium picks on a regular basis, and cycle through them. When you find a good one, move him in and replace the veteran. Rinse and repeat.
The fact that that O-line played a record 34 games together is a MASSIVE red flag that O-Line pipeline wasn't functioning properly.

I said before that paying attention to the O-Line was the big mistake. At a surface level this is true.

As folks have stated, the lack of a well stocked pipeline led to the situations where by '09/'10 the wheels were coming off '07 line and there was nobody in the wings. Which led to ill-fated forays into FA for replacements
Have we forgotten the Andrews Brothers, Tony Ugoh, to go along with Baas, Schwartz, Jerry, and Fluker...
None of them lasted and by 2012 the line consisted of Beatty, the ghosts of Diehl and Snee, the wreckage of Baas, Boothe's ass, and a shit ton of duct tape. The "development pipeline" consisted of such luminaries as Selvish Capers, Jim Cordle, James Brewer and a whole lot of wishful thinking.
Between 2007 and 2012 the only premium pick used for OL was Beatty. Midway through that period the OL was a scramble drill to patch all the leaks. Which led to the reaches for players such as Pugh, Richberg and Flowers. And at that point 3 forced premium picks was simply not enough to fix the problem. DG seems to be making moves to fix it, but Omameh was another FA failure, Solder is wildly expensive. The problem remains to this day, and the jury is still out on the new regime.

The failure to properly address the OL was the catalyst that set in motion one bad decision after another both in the draft and FA. Bad luck with injuries to top draft picks is not an excuse since it wasn't OL players that went down.

The abject failure to realize that the OL is the heart and soul of the team suggests that Reese was a poor GM from the start. He inherited a core, but had no idea of how to build a roster himself.

At the end of the day, the real mistake was promoting Reese and sticking with him, long after his faults were plainly obvious. A very poor job of evaluation of executives by the ownership over an extended period of time.
RE: RE: The Wilson pick  
.McL. : 3/11/2019 3:35 pm : link
In comment 14324291 bradshaw44 said:
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At a time when the OL was in decline it showed they didn't understand what was important in building a team. Also, Wilson's size (he wasn't big enough to execute his blitz protections) meant he wasn't an every down back and you don't take a gadget back with a #1 pick.



THIS. I think this is the moment it started to go the wrong direction. As everyone stated it's allowing the OL to decline. And after winning the SB with a terrible OL, you take David F'ing Wilson with our first pick in the draft??? What the hell were they thinking?? This is definitely the first domino in a string of a terrible terrible drafting. Reese built too much credit with ownership after winning the second ring and we are paying for it today.


Well I think my feelings on taking RBs with 1st round picks is well known. And as stated above and undersized one that can't be an every down player at that. Horrible choice.
not following the Patriots example of getting rid  
Jersey55 : 3/11/2019 5:20 pm : link
of older players when they no longer play up to their contracts, right now we have an aging QB who can't get out of his own way making over 20+ million a year, the Pats would never do a thing like that...
Interesting note from .McL. about the 34 consecutive games  
BlueLou'sBack : 3/11/2019 9:45 pm : link
played being a massive red flag. Part of the FO's problem was overvaluing the individual components of that (left to right) DD, RS, SOH, CS, KM OL. That OL really did play well together and as a unit managed to overcome various weaknesses in the parts. O'Hara was undersized and underpowered as an OC but was buffeted by two tough and nasty OGs surrounding him in Seubert and Snee. Diehl was never a good pass protector at LT, but was another all around tough warrior who brought pulling skills to LT.

I wrote a long write up after a Ravens game when the Giants rushed for over 200 yards vs a Ravens run D that was giving up an avg of maybe 50 per game... That it was fool's gold if one thought the Giants OL beat up on the Ravens front 7. It was a really long post with a lot of detail about what a great job Bradshaw and Jacobs did that game reading their cutback lanesand maximizing damn near ever rush.

At the POA, the Giants' OL was getting stuffed, but BJ and AB found every backside crack.

Aside from Beatty, they brought in a string of 4th and latter round drafters that McL noted above, and none were worth their weight in fertilizer.

Meanwhile 2nd & 3rd round picks were languished on Randle, Barden, Beckum, Jernigan - look it was definitely a philosophy to draft skills players 1st and grunts last. Wilson over Glenn, when we all knew we were getting desperate for OL.
Do we really have that much time?  
cznmike : 3/12/2019 8:07 am : link
O- Line choices

Lousy coaching on offense and defense and assistants and trainers and probably janitors

Worse drafting history than coaching- Eli Apple???

Worse free agent signings...Oh, free agent trades- what team doesn't need 67 4th and 5th round picks?

Keeping overpaid, over the hill quarterbacks. Yep...went there
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