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CEO John Mara Quotes From Today’s Presser

This is via Mike Garafolo:

On how disappointing this season was

“Probably as disappointed as I’ve ever been in my life at this team, given the expectations we had this year, given the roster I thought we had, given the way we started out and given the embarrassment of the last two weeks.”

On what he’s disappointed about

“Everything. I’m disappointed in everything. I’m unhappy at everybody. It’s just not acceptable to perform like that. There are 8-8 seasons and there are 8-8 seasons, but this one felt a lot more like 2-14 to me.”

On if he’ll be influenced more by what he saw late in the season than in the 5-0 start

“Well, I’m less than 24 hours after the end of the season, so I’m sure I’ll cool down at some point and we’ll try to make intelligent decisions going forward. And I’ll sit down with the coaches and general manager. We’ll do what we need to do to improve the team, but obviously I’m not very happy right now and they know that.”

On if the last two games revealed anything

“Well, even before the last two games there were at least four other losses where we were just noncompetitive. Obviously, the last two games were the worst. Having that many games where you get blown out, there’s something wrong. And that means something has to be done.”

On what it was in particular that angered him

“Given the expectations we had, given the roster we thought we had coming into the season … we start out 5-0 and you start thinking about the postseason. We just did not expect it to end this way – particularly the last two weeks. That was the icing on the cake.”

On whether it was a lack of fight or pride

“A lack of mental and physical toughness and, quite frankly, a lack of effort over the last two weeks. That’s just something I never expected to see from this group of players.”

On what he’d tell the fans

“We’re going to do what we need to do to improve the team. We’re not going to leave any stone unturned.”

On whether he’ll start at the top

“That’s always the way we do it. To answer your question, I’m not pleased with anybody.”

On the difference of opinion on effort between himself and Coughlin and Reese

“Let’s just say it’s not the effort I expected.”

On whether he addressed the players

“No, I haven’t done that. … I really didn’t (consider it). I just don’t really think it’s my place to do that. But looking back, it probably couldn’t have hurt.”

On if the changes will be dramatic

“I don’t know how you define dramatic. Obviously, our roster wasn’t as good as we thought it was. We need to take a look at that and we’re going to have to discuss everything at this point. I don’t think we can take anything for granted after the way this season ended.”

On the coaching staff

“The status quo is not acceptable on any level. I’m not going to get into specific positions or anything like that, but we need to do something and I will be expecting (Coughlin and Reese) to give me their recommendations on what we’re going to do and ultimately we’ll approve it or not approve it.”

On if Coughlin and Reese are safe

“Yes. We’re not making changes at the head coach or general manager level, if that’s what you’re asking.”

On settling down and not letting emotion drive decisions

“That’s always what you try to do.”

On how long that will be

“I have no idea. It’s going to be a while. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over the last two weeks.”

On a specific timeframe

“No, there’s no specific timeframe.”

On whether this compares to his saying the team was a “franchise in trouble” in the late stages of the Jim Fassel era

“I don’t know I would put it the same way here. I think we have a pretty good nucleus of players and are a pretty solid organization – notwithstanding our performance over the second half of the season. So I don’t think I’d be quite that dramatic, and I probably made that statement within that 24-hour period.”

On if he’ll have a similar conversation with Coughlin about changes he can make similar to the ’07 season

“I’ll certainly be sitting down with him. I only spoke to him briefly this morning. But I’m not going to be telling him how to coach the team. He’s been doing this a long time and he knows how to do that better than I do. But I am anxious to hear from both him and Jerry what we’re going to do to fix this. We spent a lot of money this past offseason in free agency and we didn’t quite get the results we anticipated. Obviously, we’re not as good as we thought we were.”

On if the players from the Super Bowl run being part of this team contributed to his shock of the team’s performance

“When you perform the way we perform over the second half of the season, it hurts, period, regardless of what you did prior. I’ve been around a long time and I thought I had seen everything, but I certainly didn’t see this coming and I certainly didn’t see the last two weeks coming.”

On whether closing the stadium the way they did contributes to his disappointment

“No question, no question. That is not the way we wanted to go out in that building. I felt that loss probably more deeply than any other, particularly the way we were so noncompetitive in that game.”

On how much stock he puts in criticism by Harry Carson and Carl Banks

“I have my own eyes and ears. I go to practice, I go to games. I see for myself.”

On if he noticed the lack of physicality early

“I think more toward the second half of the season. We always used to pride ourselves on being a tough team both physically and mentally, and I didn’t see any evidence of that over the second half of the season.”

On his theories why that was

“I don’t know why. I know we had some injuries, but I don’t think we had catastrophic injuries. There’s no excuse for performing the way we performed over basically the last 11 weeks.”

On a possible uncapped year allowing a team to break the bank

“Well, it’s been proven that doesn’t work. If there are players we’re interested in, we’re going to go after them. But how many times do we have to see evidence of the fact spending a lot of money on free agents in the offseason doesn’t necessarily improve a team. It’s a lot of times about chemistry and having the right nucleus and having leadership in the locker room. We’re going to look at the free-agency market and make decisions if we think we can improve the team.”

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Even though he was clearly not leaving anybody out, Mara indicated that there are no plans to change GM or Head Coaching positions at this time. He will be evaluating with GM Jerry Reese and Coach Tom Coughlin what can be done to fix the situation.

“That is not the way we wanted to go out”

And one final question that I heard from the Mara press recording that was not reported on was this nugget:

Tom Coughlin has always been loyal to coaches, are there going to be any changes at the coaching positions and are you going to be evaluating with Tom and Jerry in terms of personnel decisions?

Mara said flatly:

“You like to have your head coach make those decisions, but…. The status quo is not acceptible. Something is going to have to be done.”

TRANSLATION:

Bill Sheridan is gone. But the lingering question now will be: is Kevin Gilbride be safe?

If you heard that recording of Mara like I did, the guy is ticked off and he’s out for blood. Coughlin is safe, Reese is safe. Beyond that, everyone is on the chopping block right now.


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2 Responses to “CEO John Mara Quotes From Today’s Presser”

  1. Craig says:

    It was good to read Mr Mara’s comments. As I said in a comment last week;being a fan since the 1958 championship game, I’ve never been so dissappointed in a Giants team.Even during the 5-0 start I had questions about the defense. They should have been an absolute stone wall against those weak teams and they weren’t.

  2. earl finley says:

    I’ve been a Giants fan for over 50 years. I’m also a University of Michigan grad/fan. The two season were eerily similar. Both started undefeated (UM 4-0) against primarily weak opponents. Even in the victories the defense for both was scary. the came the collapse: UM 1-7 in the last 8 games, the Giants 3-8 in their last 11. I can’t remember a season so disappointing for this individual.

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