Big Blue players re-convened at the Timex Performance Center recently for brief off-season workouts (as OTA’s have begun) and are already on the familiar road to a possible repeat. Soon, the new blue recruits (the 2012 Draft class and the UDFA’s) will join their Giants teammates for a lesson on 'All In.' While NFL Mini-Camps haven’t been held since 2010 due to the infamous lockout, the Giants will be fully prepared to host their rookies and get them quickly acclimated to how things roll with the Super Bowl Champs. Things will not be all social and fun for these kids.
Tom Coughlin is all about football. He takes it as seriously as the old-school guys Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry did. The first year players under him will quickly learn that – or sit.
There’s a continuum that will be had here, regardless of which players have moved on and who’s being welcomed aboard. The Giants have a legacy that they tutor to their players. The franchise remains true to itself in these lessons. Change happens, but it is unavoidable in today’s NFL and should be prepared for as much as possible – meaning that it shouldn’t be felt as a large impact to team.
General Manager Jerry Reese has known whose contracts would be expiring and who would (potentially) be walking away. The business side of football -the “ugly” side that most fans hate- is dealt with year-round. Reese and Marc Ross, their Director of College Scouting, are the ones to figure how to keep the continuity going. Which players/pieces fit the systems that are in place as well as which player personalities fit in mentality-wise for the New York Football Giants. Two Lombardi Trophies in less than five years isn’t coincidence or “luck”…
A huge facet of why this Giants team is built for the long haul is trust. Each part that’s in its place is trusted by its surrounding part. Co-Owner John Mara trusts Jerry Reese. Reese has faith in Head Coach Tom Coughlin to do his job, as TC has faith in Kevin Gilbride and Perry Fewell to get their respective jobs done. No one here is micro-managed by their superior. The same applies on-the-field. Instruction is given, but it’s on the individual player to carry out his assignment.
Granted, trust is earned, but how – by earning it. Excel at what you do and do it as one. Achieving greatness together is much more fulfilling than gaining it alone. This New York Giants team has already pulled onto the road to a new season. They may be in the process of still picking up some new passengers, but the vehicle and the driver haven’t changed. Most importantly, neither has the map.
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