The natives are getting restless and the Giants haven’t played a single preseason game yet.
Fresh off the news that Pro-Bowl wideout Steve Smith defected to the hated Eagles, there was uproar in Big Blue nation from players (privately), fans and the media alike.
Critics abound as to why the Giants seem to be sitting on their hands during this historic free agent frenzy while rivals like the Eagles have been throwing around money as if they’re playing Monopoly.
But general manager Jerry Reese insists there’s a plan in place.
"It seems like people are in a panic and perception is we are not doing a lot. We are sticking to the game plan," Reese insisted. “We are not going out to make sexy [signings].”
Reese said that’s just the way free agency foes: you win some, you lose some.
"We'll continue to look to make our roster better,” Reese said. “But I don't feel like I got a raw deal. It's free agency. We wish him [Steve Smith] the best."
The seemingly que sera sera attitude of the Giants’ front office is what has been driving fans crazy. While the Eagles sign seemingly every former first-round pick or prized free agent, the Giants are countering with the likes of David Baas. Yes, Baas is a top-flight center, but to the fans — and some media ‘experts’ — the Giants are way behind on points and the real fight hasn’t even begun.
Reese said everyone needs to calm down and trust the brass. He noted that recent champions weren’t busy making fantasy football type moves, but rather building a solid foundation via “responsible signings.”
“David Baas was a big move at center [because] he gave us flexibility. And [Ahmad] Bradshaw was a priority, too,” Reese said. “Those moves haven’t been sexy … We’ll see. The proof [will be] in the pudding. The Steelers won and before that the Saints won. And I don’t remember those teams making the sexy moves.”
Defensive end Justin Tuck, one of the more outspoken Giants, also wondered aloud why there was so much doom and gloom at camp, when no one has even played a single preseason game yet. Tuck is usually easy going with the media, but even he had a tipping point. He gruffly responded to a barrage of questions about the state of the team’s off-season moves by agitatedly answering a query with his own question: “When have names ever won a game before?”
Tuck was surely tiring of the naysayers who have already pegged the Eagles as the runaway favorites, so he quickly provided a history lesson for all those that doubt Big Blue.
“No one gave us a chance when we won [the Super Bowl in 2007],” Tuck said, referring to the Giants knocking off the previously unbeaten Patriots. “I’m sure if I wasn’t on the Giants and was on the outside looking in I’d probably jump on the Eagles’ bandwagon, too. But that’s why they play the games.”
Reese backed Coughlin’s assertion: “No, I don’t [feel blindsided]. But you do expect some feedback…I feel we had a good handle on market for them [Smith and Kevin Boss] and we made responsible offers to them both.”
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