When we look back at the Giants’ 2014 season, we’ll remember not only a spectacular debut performance by Odell Beckham Jr., but also a seven-game losing streak that derailed what was otherwise a promising campaign. Once again, New York ended up in a place where it doesn’t want to be: out of the playoffs and near the top of the 2015 draft order.
After a third straight season with no playoffs, a lot of ownership groups would clean house and find new leadership, but Giants Chairman Steve Tisch says that he still believes in head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese.
“Like [co-owner] John [Mara], Jerry and Tom, I am disappointed in how this season played out,” said Tisch, “None of us ever expects to be 6-10; our objective is always to play in the postseason. Clearly, John and I believe in the leadership of Jerry and Tom to reach that objective. We appreciate their ability to work together and in the best interest of the organization. I am encouraged by the outstanding young players we have, combined with the team’s veteran leadership.”
The Giants struggled to defeat their biggest rivals in 2014, going 0-4 against the Cowboys and Eagles. On the other hand, it was encouraging to see the development of some key players. Quarterback Eli Manning had one of his best seasons to date, and he continues to look capable of leading Big Blue to a championship. An offensive line that struggled for most of the season ended up giving Manning plenty of time to find his favorite targets down the stretch.
“Our players showed tremendous character by how they finished a difficult season,” said Tisch, “I am looking forward to the growth of this team and achieving our objective in 2015. Our fans, whose loyalty and enthusiastic support we appreciate, deserve it.”