Dave Klein was the Giants' beat
writer for The Star-Ledger from 1961 to 1995.
He is the author of 26 books
and he is one of only three sportswriters to have covered all the Super Bowls.
Dave has allowed TEAM GIANTS to reprint some of his articles.
SITS AND WAITS AND IS CONFIDENT
Jerry Reese is the Giants' general manager and he is also an undeniable optimist.
"This is football," he says, "not a mathematical equation. Things
happen that you don't expect and can't predict, either way."
So the man who is accused of presiding over a collapsing offensive line and playing
with fire regarding a young, inexperienced and insatiable backup quarterback situation
is sitting back - well, sort of - and evaluating the team he has built with the
season drawing ever closer.
tend to work out," he says, not mentioning that his first draft class (2007)
saw all eight players make the team and help to lead the Giants to a Super Bowl
He has brought in several major
players such as Olivier Vernon, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins,
Dwayne Harris, Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker and Damon "Snacks" Harrison.
He has drafted such integral parts as Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Weston
Richburg, Justin Pugh, Eli Apple, Zak DeOssie, Jason Pierre-Paul, Devon Kennard,
Bobby Hart, Paul Perkins, Darian Thompson and the most recent draft picks -- Evan
Engram, Wayne Gallman, Davis Webb and Dalvin Tomlinson.
are no easy drafts," he says. "There are no deep drafts, no weak drafts.
Every draft has good players and your job is to find them."
Reese worked under former general manager Ernie Accorsi and, in several real and
valid ways, was the man behind the ultimate selections. Accorsi, in turn, worked
under George Young and influenced him in a similar way.
"If I have the 15th pick in the first round," Young used to say, and
it has been echoed by Accorsi, "then I will prepare a list of the top 15
players we want, based on months and months of research, and cross ‘em off as
the round proceeds. You never know - I might get the sixth or seventh name on
So now Reese sits and
waits. He scours the waiver lists, a true believer in the fact that outstanding
veteran players who can help a team are overlooked by most of the other team in
the NFL. He is satisfied with how the Giants are developed this preseason, even
the offensive line.
"You just have
to wait and see," he said, "and the thing is, you NEVER stop trying
to make improvements."
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is a question on the table today, one that has been asked repeatedly and yet has
failed to be satisfactorily answered.
What do the so-called experts have against Eli Manning?
When these icons of pro football sit down to produce their lists of the NFL's
top five quarterbacks, the Giants' Manning is seldom if ever there. In fact, many
Top 10 lists also fail to name Manning.
the question remains valid - why? What's wrong with Manning, who has won two Super
Bowls and been named the MVP in both games?
Take a look at the quarterbacks generally positions ahead of Eli in those evidently
worthless polls, or as your president likes to say, "fake news."
Let's see. We start with Tom Brady of the Patriots, then we move to Aaron Rodgers
of the Packers, Philip Rivers of the Chargers, Drew Brees of the Saints, Ben Roethlisberger
of the Steelers, Matt Ryan of the Falcons, Cam Newton of the Panthers, Zak Prescott
of the Cowboys, Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick of ... well
... currently unattached to a roster because the best thing he did last season
was to "take a knee" for the National Anthem.
not Eli? Is it because he has had a lousy offensive line the last several seasons?
Is it because he is a slow-as-molasses runner? Could it be his inability to escape
when the pocket is breaking down as if it was Bastille Day?
Sure, but those aren't valid reasons.
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