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The New York Giants have become a poverty organization over the past decade. Once considered among the most successful and respected franchises in sports, they are now little more than a punchline.
Even co-owner John Mara himself can’t deny it, acknowledging on Wednesday that he’s never been more embarrassed of the team.
“Honestly, I would have to say yes. Yes, it is,” Mara said when asked if this is the most embarrassed he’s ever been. “I kept thinking during the season that we had hit rock bottom and then each week it got a little worse. Honestly, I’m not proud of saying this, but if I’m going to be 100 percent honest, I would have to say the answer is yes.”
Things got so bad for the Giants in 2021 that Mara was forced to do something he didn’t originally intend: Force general manager Dave Gettleman out, fire head coach Joe Judge and start over. Again.
“It just got to the point where we dug a hole so deep, I didn’t see a clear path getting out of it unless we started all over again,” Mara said.
Since pressuring Tom Coughlin to resign in 2015, this will be the third full rebuild for the Giants. They will hire their third general manager, their fifth head coach (if you include Steve Spagnuolo) and compile their fourth reconstructed coaching staff.
Mara admits the latest reset will likely prolong the team’s losing.
“That is not going to be an overnight process. That’s going to take some time, but it starts with getting the general manager pick done correctly and then with hiring the right head coach. That’s going to be a process that we’re going to have to earn their trust again,” Mara said. “As I said, that’s not going to happen overnight.”
In other words, more patience has been requested, Giants fans.