Mr. Reese: Leave That Count Down Clock Alone!
By Martin Alvin
Mr. Reese, I was wrong about your Super Bowl count down clock. See my article: Mr. Reese Tear Down Your Countdown! Leave the damn thing alone!
Forgive me, I finally figured it out — and holy guacamole, Batman, that’s not a Super Bowl count down clock you hung on the wall of the Giants locker room at all! Oh, yeah, it’s a count down clock, all right -– but it’s not a count down clock to SB XLVIII. Hell no: it’s a count down clock to the end of the NY Giants’ SB XLII and XLVI Super Bowl era. And when that clock hits midnight, an awful lot of guys involved in those two Super Bowl wins are going to be out on the street and long gone. That’s what that count down clock is counting down to: not SB XLVIII. No. It’s counting down to the end of an era of some pretty damn good football, punctuated by two fantastic championship runs. Know what? It’s about time!
And the only way to start a new era is with a changing of the guard, so to speak; which starts with a sweeping out of the old guard: guys who have become just a little too complacent; guys who have lost a step or two, and guys who just aren’t hungry anymore –- having had their hunger fed with a Super Bowl ring or two.
Now, is the time to welcome in the new guard: guys with flat, empty, bellies pressed against steel-stiff spines: guys hungry for a championship, or two, or three; guys who don’t have an arrogant, complacent, “been there, done that,” attitude and guys not obsessed with making a big score in the next free-agency.
So, Mister Reese, I take back what I said. I just didn’t understand what you were doing, but now, I do. You may have implied you were counting down to SB XLVIII –- which will be played in Met Life Stadium — when you posted the count down clock way back last summer, and why not instill a sense of urgency in the troops? But that’s not why it’s there, now — not with your team at 0-6.
Hell, that may not have been its true purpose back then, either. You knew you were up against the cap with no wiggle room. You knew that guys like Snee and Tuck and Webster and Diehl are probably done. You knew your coaching staff’s game plans have grown stale. And you knew the league has ten years worth of game film on the Tom Coughlin Giants.
But maybe, you thought: if they actually do have one more Super Bowl run in them, this will be their one-year count down to prove it. I think you knew they didn’t have that one-year in them, but if they did –- and you can never count a Tom Coughlin team out — you were giving them one last shot at it. And if they don’t –- and they sure as hell don’t look like they’re going to prove it -– then, turn the page.
After this season, Tuck’s contract is up. You’re not giving him big bucks. Nobody is. Snee may pack it in after two hip surgeries. Diehl is not a big time player anymore. Neither is Webster, who will have to play for less or walk. And there will be other smaller salary guys gone, too, leaving you with plenty of cap room. Maybe Beason turns out to be healthier than expected. Sure looked like it the other night; so, maybe you offer a sizeable contract. And there’ll also be other good free agents out there, too … with cap room to sign them. And then there’s the draft. And as you said, when you posted the count down: the coaching staff is on notice, too.
And speaking of the coaching staff: I was wrong about Perry Fewell, too. I still think he’s ineffective –- but you don’t have to fire him; his contact is up after this season. Let him walk and take his assistants with him? Go after a proven ‘D’ coordinator and an established winner like Bounty-gate besmirched, Greg Williams. Just make sure he understands there will be no bounties or head hunting on the Giants. Because of his negative notoriety, he’s only an assistant with the Titans and would jump at a coordinator job –– and he’s worked with Tom Coughlin in the past. Or, maybe Spagnuolo. Or, someone else … anyone else!
So, Mister Reese, I was wrong –- for a change, just ask my ex-wife how often I’m wrong –- please leave that count down clock of yours alone and right where it is!