Former Giants QB Phil Simms loves what he has seen from GM Dave Gettleman and the rest of the Giants organization. And what he sees is a team in win-now mode.
The Giants could have easily set themselves up for life after Eli Manning by selecting Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, or Josh Rosen with their No. 2 overall pick. Instead, they went with dynamic RB Saquon Barkley -- a player that will make an immediate impact next season.
Barkley was only one of Gettleman's moves that prove he wants his team in a win-now state. Simms likes that mindset.
"They've made it abundantly clear from the word go, as soon as this past season ended, what they're going to try to do," Simms told reporters. "Keep the team together, fix it up a little, let Eli [Manning] be the quarterback, and try to win this year. This is not 'we drafted Saquon [Barkley] to win and get in the playoffs in three years.' It's about this year. They put a lot of pressure on themselves. I understand what they're doing."
Simms ultimately thinks the Giants' vision for this season will turn into results on the field. For one, the offense is expected to be entirely different than former head coach Ben McAdoo's this season thanks to new head coach Pat Shurmur, who will be calling plays from the sideline.
"With some of the departures, the things they're doing, Pat Shurmur as the offensive coordinator, the Giants offense - and this is pretty easy to say - I think they'll be a lot better this year than they were last year," Simms said. "I was shocked by last year. I think the atmosphere that was created that we saw there, you can't overcome that in the NFL. You can't overcome that. That's the big thing they've addressed that people don't talk about. They talk about talent but it's having the right talent where it all mixes and the personalities and I think they've done alright."
As for how much Manning really has left in the tank, Simms let reporters know what he did around his age.
"Thirty-seven? Big deal," Simms said. "I was 38 and went to the Pro Bowl."
Simms added: "Drafting Saquon Barkley, trying to fix the offensive line, getting a new offensive coordinator and head coach in here, I think is really big. The Giants have weapons and a good decider of plays, so that makes it great for a quarterback."
The Giants are coming off a 3-13 season that saw much disarray last season. If Gettleman's win-now plan works as Simms thinks it will, Big Blue could turn things around sooner rather than later.