CEO John Mara revealed yesterday that he felt so frustrated after the loss in Jacksonville that he felt like firing everyone in sight. He didn't, and instead, everyone may be back for another season.
GM Jerry Reese lamented about losing close games, apologized to the fans for consecutive losing seasons while promising to "keep all of our options open."
Head coach Tom Coughlin, given at least another year to turn things around, kidded about how long he felt he could continue coaching and then detailed how much better his team needs to get to make that happen.
I don't think it does much good to rehash this lost season, a season which saw the Giants regress and progress at the same time. I make the argument that if the team stayed somewhat healthy, they could have contended for the playoffs, if not the division. Others feel nothing except a complete overhaul is required going forward.
The decision to retain Coughlin and Reese appears to be the right one.
If the Giants sent Coughln packing, who would they bring in to replace him? Some will say they would grab a highly-accomplished college coach (Nick Saban, Kevin Sumlin, Les Miles) or a retread (insert unqualified candidate here) or even a hot coordinator such as Todd Bowles. None of them could match the positives Coughlin brings to the table (sorry, Tiki).
Reese is coming off two strong drafts and as Mara said yesterday, they need a third to help turn the corner. That should be a bit easier as the Giants hold the ninth overall selection in next May's NFL Draft. Anyway, how can they fire the guy whose last top pick, Odell Beckham, Jr, is the most exciting and productive rookie in decades?
The one thing that needs to be addressed his offseason is the defense. Getting Jon Beason, Jacquian Williams, Devon Kennard and Prince Amukamara back will be a good start while re-sigining JPP and Antrel Rolle appears to be high on the "to-do" list.
The free agent market is always fluid and Reese acknowledged the team would not be as aggressive as they were last season, citing they still have not gotten some of last year's players on the field due to injuries.
If they can find an impact defensive player in the draft at No. 9, that would be helpful, but WalterFootball.com has the Giants taking Miami OT Ereck Flowers (6'6", 325), who is entering the draft one year early. The reasoning is that the Giants never really upgraded at OT last year and Will Beatty needs to be pushed and/or replaced.
In the second round, WF mocks Florida State DL Mario Edwards, which would make sense since the Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson will be a year older.
In the coaching ranks, the team will need a new QB coach as Danny Langsdorf has moved on to be the OC at Nebraska. It looks like a new face could be brought in to handle that. Some have mentioned Mike Sullivan and even Kevin Gilbride coming out of retirement (doubtful).
For those looking for defensive coaching changes, they can still come. Some assistants could be repalced but DC Perry Fewell looks pretty safe, though he may be asked to adjust his philosophy.