After the first day of training camp, many fans and media personnel filled the Quest Diagnostic Training Center Saturday morning all in anticipation for the start of the New York Giants 2013 season.
Following Saturday’s practice, general manager Jerry Reese took to the podium to talk to the media about the state of the Big Blue.
Reese introduced Giants’ newly named Quest Performance Training Center and mentioned the No. 190--the amount of days until the Super Bowl will be played at MetLife Stadium. New York’s GM then shifted his attention to the No. 1--representing the Giants' one playoff berth the last four seasons.
“One playoff trip in the last four years is just below our standard, we want to do better and we will do better, noted Reese”
Reese and company still have a bitter taste left in their mouths after not making the playoff last year
“We have been close, but close is not good enough”. Reese admitted. “ To get in you have to be consistent. At times last year we looked like a good football team and other time we looked like a bad football team. I want us to be consistent every week and look like that good football team.”
For the 2013 season, the Giants have a lot of key players returning along with free agent and draft additions expected to play a huge role on the team. Reese spoke about the thought process of the Giants front office and how this year’s roster was built.
“We just try to put the best roster together the best we can anyway we can do it sometimes through the draft and sometimes its free agency," Reese said. “It’s what’s your needs are. We think we put together a nice roster, but again our roster you know to get all the pieces we want it probably won’t be finished until week one.”
Reese tried to instill a sense of urgency in Big Blue and plans to put a countdown clock in the Giants’ locker room to emphasize more consistent play.
“You can’t let games get away and expect to make the playoffs, so we have to have a sense of urgency going into this season," offered Reese.
With a new season comes new expectations for the offense, defense and special teams and Reese feels the team should get back to the basics.
“Our defense has to get off the field,” stated Reese. “We didn’t have a lot of three-and-outs last year. We need to get on the field and get off the field and our offense needs to score. We need to score touchdowns.”
Eli Manning and the offensive unit sputtered throughout stretches of last season and New York's front office leader is looking for better production by infusing a mix of young and veteran talent.
“When you don’t score points in this league it's hard to win," said Reese. "You can’t score 17 points and expect to win and get into the playoffs."
Reese made the Giants’ goals for this upcoming season very clear and insisted that the name of the game is consistency.
“All I know is that we've been in the playoffs one time in the last four years and that's really not acceptable for us,” admitted Reese. “That's not our standards. That's not what we shoot for. We want to put everybody on notice, myself, everybody is on notice that that's not our standard.”