Pat Shurmur was not the answer. The Giants have lost a lot of games since 2017, (36) more than any other NFL team and now they are searching for their fourth head coach in the last six years.
And so it goes. The Giants have become a revolving door of head coaches and stability is important when it comes to winning ball games. You see this too often when a team fails in any sport.
However, the NFL is different and 16 games can determine the faith of a franchise. Though in this case, GM Dave Gettleman, at the helm since 2017, stays where he is.
Gettleman took over to rebuild a franchise. Two years later, the Giants start all over again to rebuild. It is now in the hands of this GM to restructure and get this franchise back to respectability.
Basically, it starts at the top. The Giants are in that position, in the largest market, the biggest media market. Shurmer, this time was the culprit and his successor will also confront a similar situation.
So, who will now attempt to get this storied franchise back on track? That will be determined by Dave Gettleman. With a reprieve, he will now be analyzed and has another year to get this right.
Perhaps, and a prevailing opinion, ownership does believe the GM made the right choice in drafting Daniel Jones to succeed Eli Manning and that was the difference.
And in due time, Jones will amount to be that successor, though we can be asking too much for him to duplice two Super Bowl championships that Manning delivered as the franchise quarterback.
The issue here, minimal tolerance with that lack of stability as to who guides this franchise on the sidelines. The Ginats fan base is angered and in New York this is so important. We have seen how it works in this market and use the Yankees as an example.
Joe Torre and Joe Girardi, their long tenures as managers got the support of management, then again, they had the players and resources to be successful.
It starts at the top and the GM and new coach need this lasting relationship to make it work. The Giants need that stability to guide them.
So where do the Giants stand? Their loyal fan base wants to see a winner.
Sam Garnes, 5th round draft pick of the Giants in 1997 and later played a year with the Jets, offered an opinion to nyextra.com.
“I look forward to seeing who the next coach is just like everyone,” said the former defensive back. “I think great defense and complimentary offense is what gets this fan base excited.”
Oh, that fan base is looking for the proper direction. Immediate names that could appease this fan base are Mike McCarthy- a Super Bowl winner with the Packers.
Ron Rivera, recently released with the Panthers, took his team to a Super Bowl, regardless there has to be stability and more than two years for a coach to guide this franchise on the sidelines.
But, after two seasons, 9-23, will show there needed to be another change.
Giants co-owner John Mara said the GM “is the right person to lead us going forward. Dave has a long record of success. We think he’s capable of putting a great team together and he’s going to get that opportunity.”
Apparently Pat Shumer wasn’t the answer. Neither was Steve Spagnuolo or Ben McAdoo. They could not fill the shoes of their predecessor, Tom Coughlin and his two Super Bowl championships.
This is in the hands of Dave Gettelman. He got the vote of confidence. And that confidence begins with stability, and getting the right coach with experience who can turn this darn thing around.
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