By Joshua Pickering
The New York Giants continue their consistently cautionary trek through the offseason, not just this season, but during the entire reign of general manager Jerry Reese. Since his promotion to the GM spot in 2007, the Giants have been to the playoffs just three times. Granted, the team won Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011, but the 2007 squad wasn't put together by Reese, and in 2011, the G-Men scraped into the playoffs with a 9-7 record and got hot at the right time.
This free agency period, the Giants have done little to improve beyond adding depth to the roster. The latest move was signing former Jets defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis to a one-year deal worth $1.65 million, with a half-million guaranteed. While that move does shore up the defensive line, the blue side of New York still needs to address the position further in the upcoming NFL Draft.
The signing, and the rest of the moves made during free agency, proves Reese is perfectly comfortable with mediocrity.
What has stood out most in the Reese Era with the Giants is the coaching of Tom Coughlin, who should get the majority of credit for those winning years and the players that have risen within his system. Players such as Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent who was nurtured by the Giants staff to emerge into the star he became. Time and time again the Giants staff has been given marginal talent from Reese and have been expected to produce 11 and 12 win seasons.
Ellis is a solid backup to work alongside the other backup players along that defensive line, but when the first Sunday of September rolls around, who are the Giants going to trust to start? Ellis spent the first four years of his career as a rotational player for a stout Jets defense, and comes to the Giants having only started five career games, none last year. The G-Men definitely needed help at the tackle position, but a player of Ellis' caliber doesn't truly fill the need.
Adding depth the way Reese has this offseason makes one believe he believes the Giants are closer to contending than they truly are. Lost in all the hoopla of Odell Beckham's outstanding season was the fact the Giants were routinely beaten up by good teams. The Giants were 6-10 and beat just one team with a winning record, and even that was against the Texans early on.
There is still the NFL Draft and more to come this offseason, but Giants fans shouldn't have too much faith in Reese making the correct moves to put Big Blue back into the postseason.