General Manager Jerry Reese will be alongside co-owner John Mara on a quest to find the 17th head coach in the history of the New York Giants franchise.
Tom Coughlin bid his final farewell this week with an outpouring of love and support from fans and players, meanwhile Reese has been demonized by the media for handing his coach a less than stellar roster to work with.
“Coach is part of it, personnel is part of it, luck is part of it,” said Reese. “I've said it over and over again. You have to have a little bit of luck, have the ball bounce your way. We haven't had some of those things bounce our way. The personnel needs to be better. So we'll work on those things.”
According to Sportrac.com, the Giants will have approximately $40,391,292 million in cap space to work with this spring along with the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL Draft at their disposal.
Reese’s recent draft history has been underwhelming to say the least.
Of his last three draft classes, only Ereck Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., Justin Pugh and Johnathan Hankins have made a significant impact on the team.
“Mid to late rounds, you have lesser talent in the mid to late rounds,” noted Reese. “We've missed on some guys. Gotten good players out of mid to late rounds. You have lesser talent, to be frank, from mid to late rounds.”
"If you pick in the top 10, top 12, you get some higher-quality talent."
- 2015 third round pick Owa Odighizuwa played just four games and recorded zero sacks in an rookie campaign plagued by injuries.
- 2014 fourth round pick Andre Williams has become an afterthought in the Giants running game after leading the nation in rushing while at Boston College.
- 2013 third round pick Damontre Moore was released after violating team rules following an incident involving defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins.
The last three draft classes have not been shining examples of shrewd scouting or personnel decision-making, but Reese’s saving grace has been the evolution of second-year wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. into a transcendent superstar playmaker in the NFL.
New York will have major decisions ahead this offseason including whether to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul and how to upgrade a defense that finished No. 32 in the league. Reese didn’t shed any light on what players could be on the team’s radar during free agency or the draft, but did make mention of the Giants favorable top-10 draft position.
"We got a lot of situations personnel-wise that we need to fix," said Reese. "We'll try to do some, like always, with free agency. The draft, I think we're picking number 10 right now in the draft. We'll get some quality players up there where we're picking in the draft this time. We expect to get good players in the draft, we expect to get good players in free agency."
Mara and Coughlin reached a mutual parting of the ways, but it still remains a mystery why a general manager who has consistently swung and missed on big pro prospects time and time again is still employed and a Hall of Fame coach goes walking out the door.
Reese will have everything to prove this offseason if he hopes to bring back credibility to the organization or Mara could be searching for the team’s fourth general manager next spring.