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.