While many of the Big Blue Faithful go into the Wildcard Weekend as disgruntled and unsatisfied fans, head coach Tom Coughlin is admittedly in pain and still reflecting upon what in tarnation happened to his New York Football Giants in 2012. He’s back in the film room and breaking down games, even if it isn’t in preparation for an upcoming game. The man wants answers and will undoubtedly use anything he finds to help his team improve.
This past Monday, seven NFL head coaches lost their jobs and six general managers are in a state of unemployment as the week bore on. Of the remaining 19 teams left that aren’t in the playoffs, several of them are still looking to the New York Giants in order to fill their vacancies. Clearly, General Manager Jerry Reese’s statements about believing that the Giants are still legitimate contenders aren’t far off.
"I don’t think we’re that far off, to be honest with you. This team will look different next year, but I think we’ll have a good core of players coming back and I think we can see what we can do in free agency in the offseason. Of course, we always have the draft. We'll start rebuilding a team and the evaluation process has started already. We put our heads together and we let our emotions die down a little bit and really step back and see what happened," he said.
Changes will be made as the word complacency has no home in East Rutherford. Some will not be as popular as others, but the main goal of improvement is all that matters. Signings have already begun and interviews are being conducted. Many are expecting change in the way of major ones, but unless there is already a better possibility set in place for that modification, stop dreaming. Calling for heads is for the fans; general managers and coaches research and conduct business with the entire organization and future in mind. One rash decision can place a break in a stable foundation.
While most interpret change as subtraction, the Giants seem to be heading in a direction of addition. The talk of NFL single-season sack record holder, defensive end Michael Strahan, returning in some capacity is plausible and could be a major locker room boost as well.
"I'm going to reach out to Michael Strahan this offseason to see if we can have some conversations with JPP and just tell him, 'Look, it's inside your chest, a lot of it,'" Reese said in an interview on WFAN radio. "'You've got to have the heart to do it.' I think he does, but I think if he heard it from somebody like Michael Strahan, that would really encourage him."
On the other side of the ball, the offensive line needs some enhancement of their own. While right now there are only rumors about bringing college offensive coaches in, don’t think that adjustments won’t be made. The Giants rarely put all of their information out to the public, but word can come before the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft in April. Ensuring that a once prolific offense will make a comeback is priority for Big Blue and will subsequently help the defensive side of the ball as scoring and time of possession shall again fall in favor of blue.
Whatever the winds of change will bring with them, know that it won’t be anything like building a bridge. Not this season.
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