To hear the collective talk about the New York Giants is akin to an out-of-body experience.
I mean how many fans and analysts can act like this New York Giants squad just missed its mark. Just to remind everyone, the team’s record was 5-11, which means that over 80 percent of the league was better than they were.
If you’re okay with being in the bottom 20 percent of anything, then please stop reading. If not, then wrap your head around the team’s record, and understand why patience isn’t a virtue anymore for Big Blue.
After each and every game, excuses are made for why the team didn’t get it done. As I pointed out in a previous article, the franchise can’t simply accept this result and has to honestly assess why things occurred as they did.
First and foremost, the franchise has to accept that it’s 2018, not 1988, and it’s certainly not 1968, before the original Rozelle rule was struck down in court. Back in 1968, the draft and trades were the only means to secure talent. Teams stuck to a five-year rebuilding process because realistically, it was the only way to get things done.
That plan doesn’t exist anymore, or shouldn’t, unless you’re the Cleveland Browns. And being mentioned in the same breath as the Browns, isn’t necessarily a place you want to be anyhow.
According to Pro Football Reference, the New York Giants finished in last place for the second consecutive season in 2018. The last time the franchise accomplished that feat were the 1978 and 1979 seasons – the BLT era (before Lawrence Taylor).
Back then football was a different game, where everyone wanted a bell cow running back like Saquon Barkley, and playoff contenders pined for veteran quarterbacks like Eli Manning. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys thrived to put in place the perfect offensive line.
Ah, the old days…
Based upon current New York Giants franchise decisions, fans have to wonder if Big Blue is equipped to handle life in this ‘new’ NFL. Giants fans like to point out that their team bested the hated New England Patriots in two Super Bowl contests.
Yet every time I look, the Pats have the first or second seed in the AFC playoffs.
It’s worth delving into New England’s success, because it’s been unconventional versus traditional (or perhaps outdated) NFL standards. Secondly, there’s been no need for a rebuild in Foxboro, competitive or otherwise. So instead of being compared against NFL bottom feeders, the New York Giants franchise, John Mara and Steve Tisch specifically, should set its sights higher.
Back then, the team’s record spoke for itself as the franchise failed to understand the dynamics of building a franchise. Forty years later, are we seeing a repeat of that dynamic?