The New York Giants have been quite busy this offseason. And while things have slowed down considerably, there's no denying the reality that they blew things up, eliminated a part of their core and got a lot younger. It was a business decision that retired Giants quarterback Phil Simms agrees with.
"The Giants held their team together last year for the right reason, to give that core group one more chance. I thought it was the right thing to do," Simms said during his 'Roast' to benefit St. Anthony's High School. "It didn't work, but I also knew that when you go for that one more time, it never works. But you still have to try it."
That "try" began with an 0-6 start to the season and an eventual 7-9 finish — the team's first losing season since 2004. But it was also the fourth time in five years that the team had missed the playoffs, and for a franchise so used to success, that was unacceptable. As a result, it was time for some major changes.
"They disbanded the team basically," Simms said. "On paper, they've had a great offseason."
Another part of that "great offseason" included the retirement of offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, who was eventually replaced by Ben McAdoo and his new-look, West Coast-style system. A system that many "experts" believe quarterback Eli Manning will struggle adjusting to. All except for Simms, of course, who believes that Manning will not only learn this new system seamlessly, but will thrive in it.
"I say this all the time. If you're a good quarterback, you play if it's round or square. Everyone says, 'Oh, it's a transition for Eli,' " Simms said. "I say, 'Come on, he's a really good NFL quarterback. He can adapt to everything."
So far, head coach Tom Coughlin says, the progress has been slow, but steady.
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