Hey, Giants Fans! Are The Giants Dumb Or Crazy – Or, What?

Last week, the Giants cut: Michael Boley, Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw, and more cuts are sure to follow. Some people are asking: who’s supposed to replace those guys? So, the question is: are the NY Giants dumb or crazy — or, what? The answer is — or, what? Because John Mara, Jerry Reese, Marc Ross and Tom Coughlin, et al, aren’t dumb and they sure as hell aren’t crazy.

When Reese took over as GM — with Tiki Barber just retired — he cut Luke Petitgout, and the beat-writers and TV talking heads were sure the Giants’ running game would suffer. Reese replaced Luke Petitgout and Tiki Barber with David Diehl and Brandon Jacobs — both of whom were already on the roster. The running production was virtually the same, and they won Super Bowl XLII. Pretty dumb and/or crazy, huh?

When Gibril Wilson signed with the Oakland Raiders and Jeremy Shockey shot his way out of town in 2008, the football mavens again implied the Giants couldn’t possibly replace those guys — until Reese drafted Kenny Phillips and promoted Kevin Boss, who was already on the roster. They started out 11-1 before Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg as well as shooting down a possible Super Bowl repeat.

When Burress went to prison in 2009, the “experts” again predicted gloom and doom from the Giants, until they replaced Burress with Steve Smith, who, by the way, was already on the roster. Smith had a record setting year and went to the Pro Bowl.

When Steve Smith and Kevin Boss left through free-agency in 2010, the football “experts” said the Giants were dumb or crazy to let them go; until Reese replaced them with Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Jake Ballard, all of whom were — yes, that’s right — already on the roster.

When Reese cut Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert in 2011, the Giants were again criticized. Then, they brought in David Bass through free agency, promoted Kevin Booth, who was — yep; you guessed it — already on the roster. Then, they won SB XLVI. Starting to see a pattern here?

The Giants don’t replace guys by throwing crap against the wall, waiting to see what sticks. They know which players have a little tread left on their tires, who’s making too much money, who’s responding to rehab — and more importantly, who isn’t. They see these guys almost every day: rehab, OTAs, Mini Camps, Training Camp, Preseason and Regular Season.

Sure, they make mistakes from time to time, just not very many — but dumb or crazy? No way! Relax and have faith, Giants fans; the Giants move at their own pace and in their own mysteriously smart and successful way. This should be a very interesting off season, followed by an even more interesting regular season, followed by — hopefully — a very, very, interesting post season.


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5 Responses to “Hey, Giants Fans! Are The Giants Dumb Or Crazy – Or, What?”

  1. PC says:

    I completely agree with this except if they don’t resign Cruz then they are Morons. If they let him walk they will have made the biggest mistake in franchise history. The guy is arguably the best receiver this team has had ever. He holds the record for most yards and is a playmate and fan favorite just pay the guy. I think they will but there is no need to drag it out.

    • Brooke says:

      Agreed with the post and PC.

      Bradshaw? – Andre Brown was our best back last year. Period. And David Wilson will be a year older and more comfy in his role.

      Boley? – Jacquan Williams is younger, faster and when healthy is a proven performer. And Paysinger.

      Canty – Well…not so sure about Canty, as I feel that the run D was our biggest weakness this year. Canty was not himself all year and its probable the organization knows something about that knee we dont. I dont feel that there is alot of depth on the D-line to let Canty walk so easily…all we have is Linval and Austin (who has to prove alot). Kuhn will be coming back from ACL, and Rogers is old, and is comin off a bloodclot. Rocky Bernard will not be back and that doesnt leave much. I can assume we will be players in free agency for DT’s and will look to add one in the draft. Good news is the draft is loaded with excellent DT’s and I would be more than happy to take on in the first.

      As for Cruz, I dont think that he is a bonafide #1. He is a very very good player. But to me, a #1 is a Megatron, an Andre Johnson a Larry Fitz. I hope that Cruz and his agent realize this, and that they negotiate knowing that the team will choose Nicks over him if the price gets too steep. That being said, retaining Cruz is a no brainer. Lets just hope they work out the figures.

      My predictions on further cuts (or players let resign elsewhere):

      - Diehl (cut)
      - Barden
      - Phillips
      - Webster (cut)
      - Marty B
      - Blackburn
      - Rocky
      - Tryon

      Anyone agree or disagree?

      • Jason C. says:

        I disagree with the comment about a #1 receiver, you have to remember there are 32 teams, so there have to be a minimum of 32 #1 receivers (we’re not talking fantasy football here with 8-12 teams). Is he in the top 3, no, but is he right on the outside of that, sure. He’s not Megatron or Fitzgerald, but he’s right there with the Roddy White’s and Gregg Jennings’ of the world.

        • Brooke says:

          Jason, I would say he is better than Jennings and White at this point, as far as value.

          But do you sign any of those guys to #1 type money? I dont think thats what we do, and its not what I would do.

          I love Cruz. As much as anyone, but he is not a #1 guy. He’s a great slot guy and a Pro Bowl caliber player. But he is not all pro level.

          Same thing as Mike Wallace…Wes Welker…et al.

          Thats why those guys are lookin to be on different teams.
          In the salary era, teams that over pay players are doomed to fail.

          Cruz is worth solid bucks. Same as Hakeem.

  2. David says:

    I don’t think you should ever spend a ton of money on WRs. They are a product of the qb and the system and are infinitely replaceable. If you can sign him to a cap friendly deal, then do it- but that seems highly unlikely. If that proves to be true, I draft a wr somewhere in the middle of this draft. Then let Cruz play the year out, franchise him, and trade him for a second or third rounder.

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