Talking is cheap, fix the giants now

The pain on John Mara’s face reflected the pain in his Big Blue heart, as the Giants were his life, always will be his life, a footballer’s life in which he endured the agony of The Fumble, celebrated l euphoria of Bill Parcells and then Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning, and now Rock Bottom, NJ

He was asked if this – the empty seats, the social media mockery, the 22-59 record in the past five years – was his lowest moment, if it was as embarrassed as it was. as a giant, and he said, “Honestly, I would. have to say yes. Yes it is. I kept thinking during the season that we had bottomed out and then every week it got a little worse. “

So again the fanbase is out of breath, tired of being sick and tired, as sick and tired of being sick and tired as Mets fans were for too much of the time. Wilpon era.

Her once proud frankness has fallen and she can no longer get up.

And he is the reason he fell.

Another mea culpa, an acknowledgment that he’s never been so embarrassed by the plight of his Giants, won’t stop the angry emails coming back to him, appease the wild beast inside the fan des Giants. He shouldn’t either.

So he was there on a Zoom call, naked to the world with no GM or head coach, the presence of his brother Chris and nephew Tim inside 1925 Giants Drive a source of contention for many who choose to hold them somewhat responsible for the failure of The Mara Way.

Jean Mara
Getty Images

You wonder how Mara can walk past the four Lombardi trophies inside the lobby display case without a yen to go watch “The Way We Were”.

“We’re going to get it right this time,” Mara vowed.

Now there is a sure promise to fall on deaf ears if there ever was one … unless there are Giants fans desperately clinging to hope. that the law of averages will save them and them.

No one knows better than the Giants fan – well, maybe the Jets fan, maybe the Lions fan – that there’s no guarantee Mara will succeed this time around.

More than ever, now that he has recognized and acknowledged that he finally had to blow him up, the message is simple:

Don’t just tell us, John.

Show us, John.

He’s been talked about so often about losing his credibility with fans since Coughlin left that Giants fans see him as Wellington’s cry wolf boy.

“I’m going to have to regain their confidence,” Mara said.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not be playing Pete Rozelle delivering a George Young, not that there is, facsimile to the Giants.

Jean Mara
Jean Mara
Robert sabo

It will be Mara’s baby.

“I feel very good about the group of CEO candidates that we have foreseen at the moment,” he said. “I think any of them would make a great GM.”

But how can he know for sure that he is not seen? He interviewed Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen on Wednesday morning and then Cardinals vice president of recruiting Adrian Wilson. Who did he rely on for the tracing reports? Mara indicated that he had done due diligence towards the judge, and here we are again.

“I have no doubts that we have the resources to make the right choice here,” said Mara.

Giants fans can take comfort in the fact that Mara is now engaged in something other than the All in the Family Way which led to Ben McAdoo, Pat Shurmur and Joe Judge staying too long with Jerry Reese and then Dave Gettleman. So much the better if Mara is enlightened by what he hears from his GM candidates and becomes better equipped to see the light shining outside 1925 Giants Drive.

We have been told that the new GM and the head coach he hires – with the obligatory final say of Mara and co-owner Steve Tisch – will decide the respective fate of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Not his brother Chris. Not his nephew Tim.

“I’m always aware of the staff around the league,” Mara said. “I always keep a list of possible head coaches, possible general managers. I look at the successful teams and what they do. I have a lot of people in the league that I talk to, whose opinions I respect. At the end of the day, Steve and I made the list.

Mara is a good man, but loyalty to a foul has been his fault in football. He has long believed in stability and continuity, but incompetence everywhere he has turned lately, at the front office and on the playing field, has shaken his penchant for patience. Patience is a virtue, yes… until it is not. You can’t fault him for firing McAdoo after two years, for firing Shurmur after two years, for firing Judge after two years, for letting Gettleman retire now (cough, cough), so heartbreaking that it was for him. The fan in him cannot force himself to be patient when he cries inside.

“In terms of forcing myself, I really wanted to do it this year,” said Mara, “but I just didn’t see an end in sight. I just thought we had reached a point where I didn’t see a clear path to making meaningful progress, and I just thought we needed to hit the reset button.

The reset button has been touched.

Giants fans will pray for a Maracle in the Meadowlands.

So don’t tell us, John.

Show us, John.

Lee J. Murillo