Written by: Glenn Warciski
— JayRock (@Poniesexposed) March 31, 2019
During the owners meeting last week, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch elaborated on the teams decision making. Furthermore, embattled GM Dave Gettleman came out of the woodwork with an appearance on GMF on NFL Network. And even superstar RB Saquon Barkley chimed in about the firestorm of criticism the team has received from media, bloggers, and fans. Without question, the Giants are doing their best to control the narrative.
But is it working?
John Mara’s double speak: Here is a quote from 2014 about OBJ:
“I was very frustrated for a while. [Beckham] missed all of training camp and then he is missing the first four games of the season and we haven’t even seen him on the field. I have no idea what we have. Then, all of sudden, he starts making plays and it was pretty exciting. For me, you would have to go back to 1981 [the year they drafted Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor] before we were that excited about a rookie coming in and what he could possibly mean to this franchise. I hesitate to say that because I do not want to put that much pressure on him, but he certainly has brought a lot to this organization.”
Five years later:
Mara plays the good guy. Even though he gave GM Dave Gettleman a mandate to move OBJ, Mara distanced himself publicly. Here is Mara’s quote:
“It was reluctant approval on my part because I happen to like Odell very much,” Mara told the media. “I recognize the unique talent he has. It’s not easy to trade that player to another team.”
Hmmm. So you like Odell. But you are willing to eat 16 million dollars to get rid of him? Sorry John it is very hard to believe you. Then it gets better.
Apparently it was tougher to break the news to his grandsons than OBJ. “The toughest phone call I had to make was to my grandsons to tell them we traded their favorite player. They sobbed. Uncontrollably,” Mara said.
Mara is the chief decision maker. He has done a fantastic job over the last six years to deflect blame. His latest stunt at the owners meeting paints a picture of an owner who is distancing himself from Gettleman and Shurmur. So with OBJ trade and the retention of Eli Manning, if the Giants situation does not improve, Gettleman and Shurmur will fall on their swords respectively.
Then there is Mara’s unbridled affection with Eli Manning. To many sober Giants fans, Eli has worn out his welcome in New York. But Mara pivots. This is his take on Eli coming back for his 16th season with the Giants.
“I’ve read that and I have to tell you that really gets under my skin,” Mara said March 24 to reporters in Phoenix at the NFL owners meetings. “Because that is absolutely nonsense. Do I feel a certain amount of sentimentality towards Eli? Of course I do. Would I ever let that get in the way of making a football decision? Absolutely not. And I cannot believe that some of you write that.
“I would never tell a coach or a general manager we’ve got to keep this guy because we love him and because he’s done so much for the franchise,” added Mara. “Make a football decision based on whether you think he can play or not. And if you think he can and you have a conviction and the coach has a conviction, fine. I’m never going to interfere with that based on my sentiment towards a player.”
Wow. This is right out of Shakespeare. “The lady doth protest too much.”
Mara has lost all credibility. What does he see in Eli that most people do not? What is more disappointing Mara revealed his true intentions. Why even give oxygen to being sentimental?
Of course he is sentimental. This is how this stone age organization operates. It is a family business which is more concerned about expediency than what is the smart thing to do.
Then we have Gettleman who purposely went on NFL Network to get his message out. He claims Eli had a heck of a year. Sadly, he said this with a straight face.
Andy Furman’s rebuttal is classic.
Dave Gettleman via @gmfb: “Eli … had a heck of a year.”
ANYONE, let alone the GM, who contends that Eli had “a heck of a year” is either blind or full of sh*t.
— Andy Furman (@UltimateNYG) March 28, 2019
Then the latest is from the Giants most popular player Saquon Barkley. Now, the Giants got him involved in their war with the fans.
“Yeah, it bothers me. I’m not going to lie because it’s not his fault,” Barkley said. “He’s not the reason why. We love to put the blame on one person, but it takes 11 men, a team and an organization all together to win
This is really getting out of hand. Using Barkley as a prop, undoubtedly, is downright despicable. It is abundantly clear this team has zero direction. On a constant basis, this team has to defend its piss poor decisions. However, the cure for their stupidity is winning. A 9-7 record with a wild card playoff berth will quell the fan base.