The NY Giants are in complete disarray. Consider:
- Failed Architecture
- Poor Personnel Decisions
- Poor Drafting
- Poor Coaching
- Excessive Loyalty
- Overconfidence Bias of Ownership
- A Metaphor
We have discussed many of these items ad nauseum, so part of this will be reviewed/linked to past discussions and other parts we will be expanded upon.
- Failed Architecture. We have dedicated full blog posts to how to build a franchise. QB, Protect QB, Rush the QB. Read it and (Giants fans) weep. I will throw in one more little nugget from a completely different angle… professional bettors. Which positions move the point spread for the people betting the games? QB, obviously. And that is consistent with what everyone knows. The difference? Go to minute 14. “All you running back fans, that means zero in NFL betting… The bettors really key on Offensive Line problems… Offensive line play has a direct correlation to offensive production. It just shows you how strong that the wiseguys believe in Offensive Line play. It is a huge thing and essentially goes unnoticed. The media and the public just like the star names. They don’t care about Linemen, and that is what the true gamblers care about.”
What has this NY Giants blog been preaching for literally 12 seasons? Drafting Offensive Line to replace Diehl, Seubert, O’Hara, Snee and McKenzie. And it still has not been done. Money talks. It is GMs making Offensive Tackles the second highest salaries of any position. It is professional bettors watching Offensive Line. This should tell you all you need to do know about what drives success, and conversely what has been driving the Giants failure the past decade.
- Poor Personnel Decisions. Apologies for a quick regurgitation here of some of the lowlights….
Nate Solder, Leonard Williams (cost), Omameh, Stewart, Martin, win now in 2018, no offseason OL depth coming into 2021 preseason and then reactively scrambling, Baker (study) risks, separating from Zeitler. And we did not even touch on Reese.
- Poor Drafting. Our previous post documented with Twitter timestamps a comparison of the Giants selections vs the UltimateNYG blog selections. While these were the Round 1 high profile names, we hit on 9 of 11. The Giants hit on 4 of 11.
- Poor Coaching. We need to show you 2 plays. The first play is from Week 11 vs the Bucs. FUGLY.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) November 23, 2021
The second play is from Week 16 vs the Eagles. Loss of 4 yards. FUGLY.
2nd play from scrimmage: Proof this team is unprepared. pic.twitter.com/qSd2ulEDM4
— NYGiantsRush (@NYGiantsRush) December 27, 2021
You can make up all the excuses you want. Instead of competitive football, this is an embarrassment. If it is one player, like DeAndre Baker not learning his assignments, you can blame it on Gettleman for ignoring the (league-wide) knowledge of his risks coming out of college. In this case, it is bad coaching, because at least 2 out of 3 players on offense are running the wrong route, and all 3 route runners are making bad blocks/assignments. While there was more dysfunction with McAdoo (players disrespected him) and Shurmur (not a Head Coach), Judge just seems to be in way over his head and players are checking out. See #8 below for the cluelessness of ownership with regard to the Head Coach.
One more little side nugget for evidence of season-long coaching failure… the Giants have been outscored 76-0 in the last 2 minutes of the first half. You can forget about injuries, amplify poor clock management, factor out meaningless garbage-time points, and that is what you are left with when the chips are down in crunch time.
- Injuries. This website author was the premier NY Giants blog for correctly arguing that the malady of injuries from 2013-2015, three successive years of dead last injuries, was not just bad luck. To once again finish in dead last in injuries in 2021 is a symptom of continued dysfunction of the coaching/medical staff. Gettleman bragged how Ronnie Barnes (more on him next) cleared the signing of offseason Free Agency signings with injuries/risk. Also, Glenn Warciski of New York Giants Underground pointed out that Kadarius Toney had an injury history in college. So when we see a pileup in ManGamesLost, it is not a complete coincidence. Note also the comparison between the Titans, Ravens and Giants, in terms of wins versus mangameslost. Vrabel deserves to be Coach of the Year for this alone.
— Man Games Lost NFL (@ManGamesLostNFL) December 30, 2021
- Excessive Loyalty. Mara does not like it when he goes through Head Coaches & GMs like a race car goes through tires. The Maras love Ronnie Barnes. Barnes is at their beck & call seemingly 24/7/365. Antonio Pierce joked about how much juice Barnes had. Juice… as in, power. It goes way past tenure. Barnes reports directly to ownership. This means the only one who can touch (fire) Barnes is essentially John Mara himself. If I am the GM and Barnes gives me the green light to draft Toney and sign Golladay, and both players miss a lot of football, at what point is there accountability from the medical side? How can there be any accountability? Barnes has been through 4 GMs. When does this loyalty end and responsibility to performance begin. No, Barnes is not the Strength & Conditioning coach. But when you are dead last in injuries 4 times in the past 9 years, that is 2 S&C coaches, 2 GMs, and 1 SVP of Medical Services. During these 9 years, the Giants have had 1 winning season. Where is the accountability for the product?
- Nepotism. Chris Mara and Tim McDonnell are 2 of the 3 highest ranking members of the Player Personnel department. They are also Maras. There are 23 people in this department. I am sure some are good, but more are not delivering. They could get rid of most of them and hire our Draft Analyst. When you are 22-58 and you have rot without accountability, how can it be any worse? Frankly, given how we documented the outperformance we were able to deliver, in our Round 1 selections vs this franchise, it starts at the top with Chris Mara, whose ascendency to the top post of SVP of Player Personnel took place… when?…. in 2011, right when this Franchise (between Reese AND Gettleman) started tanking big time in the Draft. Connect those dots.
- Overconfidence Bias of Ownership. We have seen the latest genius of ownership with the proclamation that Judge is coming back, no matter who the GM is. Given just 2 plays we selected in #4 above, wouldn’t you logically want a Professional General Manager (ie one who does not do this for hobby?!) to make that determination?
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 1, 2022
This is putting the cart in front of the horse. Frankly, we have stated this before but it needs to be emphasized— ownership has only proven one thing over the past 10 years— it is not doing anything to help this franchise and is actually outright harming it on a regular basis with its input. It needs to get out of the way and let an OUTSIDER make ALL of the decisions.
- A Metaphor. The eight items above are serious notes. The erosion of trust from the fanbase, the loss of any semblance of home field advantage, and the prostituting of PSLs have completely bankrupted goodwill. When the Giants decided to give PSL owners a free medium Pepsi, the derision from the fanbase went to a whole new level. If you thought it could not get any worse, it did…. PSL owners found out that the promotion was only good for the owner himself, not for the other seats s/he licensed. I was reminded of the line in the movie, Trading Places, where the rich commodity barons give the servant a $5 Xmas bonus. “I can go to the movies. By myself.” There are simply no words left for this organization. We will leave fans with some words on what they are searching for.
Only three things happen naturally in organizations: friction, confusion, and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.
The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic.
If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.
What gets measured gets managed.
Leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Most leaders don’t need to learn what to do. They need to learn what to stop.
Of all the decisions an executive makes, none is as important as the decisions about people, because they determine the performance capacity of the organization.