Look, they put themselves in a tough spot and deservedly so have heard it from the fans & media. Sure they let DG retire but he was gone no matter what. After his service with the team and the NFL, they felt that was the best way to let him go. They tried to do it respectfully.
I think Judge was gone no matter what happened in the meeting but to be professionals they met with him to hear what he had to say. They didn’t react to pressure to act right away which if fine if they took an extra day. The way both those things were handled really didn’t change the end results.
I know that Mara has said many things in the past but I do believe that this time is different. It has been a long time since the Giants have been in this state of disarray. It has increasingly become more of a disaster year after year and this season was probably the worst season I have ever witnessed. Mara knows things can not be like the previous searches. Those searches for the most part they stayed in house or within their comfort zone. I think he fully understands that the NFL is passing his team by and he must adapt.
I do feel that this time they will explore many options and take their time to make what they feel is the best decision. You really can’t say that happened in the past. They may have thought they were making the right decisions but everything before felt planned and scripted. This time it feels like a different approach. Also I really don’t have a problem with Chris Mara sitting in on the interview process since he is part owner. Hell, I would want to be in on it if I was in that position.
Ultimately as long as they give the next GM the control he should have and allow him to bring in his coach, rebuild the scouting department and other areas that works for many of us. I do believe that they understand they need to pull a Jerry Jones and step back a bit.
Now will it all work out and turn this franchise around, who knows but I am hopeful that finally they will try a different approach and maybe find some success for the sake of all of us. Only time will tell if they make the right decisions but at least they moved on from DG & Judge and for what it looks like are going to handle things differently.