Rewind to last year. Giants lose an ugly home game to WSH and fall to 1-7. Increasing calls for Lauletta to play, Beckham frustrated, Eli looks beaten down. It was really ugly & I had little hope. Iím *hopeful* that was rock bottom.
Something I struggled with last year was the fact that the Giants didnít draft a QB at 2 in April of 2018. I felt drafting Saquon represented a philosophy that the Giants could win in 2018 & at 1-7 it failed miserably. However, I was wrong & clearly impatient. I just felt the 2004 model made sense (hire the new coach & draft the QB). As it turns out, they took the game changer in Saquon & drafted the QB the next year.
This year feels different. I sense more confidence in Shurmur in his post game speeches. The players seem loose, it looks like theyíre having fun. Weíve seen flashes from Jones. Gettleman is putting his stamp on the roster. It feels like there is hope. A far cry from 1-7 last season.
Iím not saying this team is making the playoffs, but I think there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. And maybe going 4-4 to end last season, did matter. Playing hard in Philly & Indy. Losing a close game to Dallas. Maybe it is all part of the progress.
As annoyed as I was last season, I realize just how much of an undertaking this was for Gettleman. It takes time and will continue to require patience. But, I have excitement/hope for the future. Something I didnít have last October.