Giants general manager Jerry Reese had a lot to answer for in his press conference this week. New York has started the season at a disappointing 2-6, and a lot of blame has been placed at Reese’s feet because of the way he has constructed the team. With so many aspects of the team underperforming during the first eight weeks of the season, there was a lot for Reese to answer for.
“We’ve been able to scratch out a couple of wins and obviously we can play better,” said Reese. “We expect to play better and we’ll have to play better if we want to continue to right the ship. We still have a chance and we have a lot of pride in this building.”
One part of the team that hasn’t been up to par lately is the linebacking corps. After Dan Connor incurred a season-ending injury, Reese traded for Carolina’s Jon Beason to fill the middle linebacker role. Although Beason wasn’t considered good enough to start with the Panthers, his presence has been much appreciated so far in New York. Reese mentioned the Beason acquisition when asked about whether or not he mismanaged the linebacker situation.
“Beason has done a nice job for us since he’s been on board with us,” said Reese. "We had Dan Connor in and obviously he had an injury and that set us back a little bit and we expect to develop guys. We have some young linebackers that we expected to step up and step out of the shadows and help us out a little bit, but to say miscalculated, you can say that with any position when you’re 0-6.”
Reese also addressed speculation about trade rumors surrounding Hakeem Nicks and Linval Joseph, who are both playing in the final years of their contracts.
“We’re always thinking that we’re going to get back in the race,” said Reese. “We always leave our options open with respect to personnel and see what our options are. But I’m not sure where that came from, it didn’t come from us. I think it’s just some speculation around the league and chatter.”
As for head coach Tom Coughlin, Reese is confident that he can still right the ship.
“Coach Coughlin, he’s a heck of a football coach and he didn’t forget how to coach, regardless of what our record looked like,” said Reese. “He’s still an outstanding football coach.”
“I think we have a lot of pride in our coaching staff and with our players, and I’ve always said this, Coach Coughlin, this is a big spot for him. I would never bet against him and he’s done a really nice job.”
The Giants are off this week before resuming their 2013 season on November 10 when the team hosts the Oakland Raiders.