The last time the Giants participated in the mail season, Odell beat Beckham Jr. a hole after the boat ride in a wall in the guts of Lambeau Field.
Beckham took his welcome out and never became legendary, nor did Ben McAdoo, the head coach at the time. Now we’re here, five years and two new head coaches and a new general manager and a new franchise quarterback and a pandemic later, and when training camp 2021 begins, it’s time for the New York Football Giants to remember who and what they are expected to be here .
The Giants will celebrate and honor their Super Bowl 46 team because it’s its 10th anniversary.
A decade that feels like an eternity in and around 1925 Giants Drive. The Giants have not won a playoff game as they upset Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and the Patriots for the second time in Super Bowl 46.
So the drought has reached nine seasons and counts. John Mara has tried to bury in the depths of his Big Blue mind the year of the wilderness between the Giants, who lost the 1963 NFL Championship game to their next playoff victory on December 27, 1981 in Philadelphia.
The 2011 champion’s giants were NFC East champions. Since then, the Cowboys have won the division three times, the Eagles have won it three times, and the Washington Football Team has won it three times.
Since then, Giants fans have witnessed: the end of the Tom Coughlin era … McAdoo ends Eli Manning’s Ripken-like series by starting Geno Smith … The Giants do not sign Beckham to a $ 90 million deal to trade him and then deal with him less than a year later … Pat Shurmur (9-23) … Deandre Baker’s legal failure … Saquon Barkley broke his knee in week 2 of 2020.
Of course, no one fears the Giants, and after four consecutive years out of the playoffs, after 6-10 in 2020, no one should do it.
It’s time for the New York Football Giants to be feared again.
Joe Judge has never won a game in front of Giants fans due to the pandemic. Daniel Jones has won one, all the way back on September 29, 2019, when he beat Dwayne Haskins and Washington Football Team 24-3.
As long as the Delta variant cooperates, MetLife Stadium will be filled this season with Giants fans. Judge gave them a sympathetic, relatable team with blue collar over their televisions and radios as a rookie head coach.
It’s time for Judge and Jones to give them a winning team. It’s time to give them a playoff team.
Judge arrived as CEO, the franchise demanded, as Coughlin reluctantly walked off the stage to the right. He commanded the room and the dressing room. New York was not too big for him. Just because he learned at the feet of Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, did not mean he could not be his own husband.
He taught the Giants how to be a team again.
The line is higher now.
It’s time for referee to teach the giants how to win again.
Making a fundamentally healthy team was a critical start. Placing the best conditioned team in the league should pay more dividends.
“We wanted to get into the fourth quarter and see the other team gasp for air and we did just fine,” Sterling Shepard said.
Now finish the game and win the fourth quarter.
There is no stairway to the football heaven, but it’s time for the Judges Giants to take the next step, and he will make sure to build it all back – the culture, the standard, the internal expectations, one step at a time this summer, because the Giants team in 2021 differs from the Giants team in 2020.
“We do not want to overlook anything, will not assume anything and take each step one by one and make sure we build this thing the right way,” Jones said.
They built this thing mostly around him in high season. A healthy Barkley when the regular season begins – all fingers remain crossed – would give Jones a better ensemble of weapons than Manning had ever had.
The referee’s reliable defense coordinator, Patrick Graham, is able to make two previous choices in the first round and two choices in the second round in the secondary … and six in total.
So no one wants to hear the word rebuilding anymore. The offensive line better be firm, period. GM Dave Gettleman has presided over four drafts, traded for Leonard Williams and Jabrill Peppers and signed a corps of quality-free agents, two recent animals in WR Kenny Golladay and Adoree ‘Jackson to join James Bradberry, Blake Martinez (COVID list) , Logan Ryan, Danny Shelton and Graham Gano.
The regular season opener against the Broncos is less than seven weeks away, but sometime between that first day and the first day, he will undoubtedly remind the members of his first Giants team – and everyone else – that if you do not take care of your own business, you find out that an opposing head coach (cough, cough, unrelated to COVID, Doug Pederson) is reached, who will decide to bequeath the division title to another opponent the last night of the normal season with you looking helpless.
The record from 2018-20 is 15-33. The record from 2017-20 is 18-36.
Make your fans proud again.
“It’s a new year,” Jones said.
Mara does not issue a Playoffs-Or-Bust mandate.
So I will. No excuses.