Vacchiano: ELi Is Giants' Indespensible Mann
Excerpt: "Four years ago the Giants were an NFL power, one year removed from a Super Bowl championship and possibly one gunshot wound away from winning two in a row. They had won 16 of their last 21 games, including playoffs. And they had money to spend.
Thatís when, in the first 40 hours of the 2009 free-agent signing period, they took an $83 million dive into the deep end and grabbed linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackles Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard as fast as they could. They sensed their championship window was open. And three years later, all three players would contribute as the Giants again won it all.
That second title came less than 13 months ago, and now Canty and Boley are gone, along with two-time champion Ahmad Bradshaw. Bernard is a soon-to-be 34-year-old free agent and unlikely to be re-signed.
Thatís the harsh reality of life in the NFL.
And that is the right way to build an NFL team.
Itís out with the old and in with the new, and quickly. And if that sounds mean, thatís just too bad. The reality is there is exactly one untouchable player on the Giantsí roster and he has two Super Bowl MVP trophies. Everyone else on the team is expendable, no matter how much sentiment is involved.
Think about it. Bradshaw may be, as GM Jerry Reese said ďpound for pound... one of the toughest football players that I've been around.Ē He may have been a spark in their Super Bowl XLII run and a key cog in the engine on the drive to XLVI. But heís also an old 26 with the feet and ankles of a 50-year-old and simply cost too much this year.
Boley had been the brains of the defense since arriving in 2009, but hamstring injuries have robbed him of his burst. And as valuable as the 6-7, 317-pound Canty has been, his presence couldnít help the dying pass rush of the NFLís second-worst defense, and his cap hit was a robust $8.2 million." Read more...
This is a "thank you captain obvious" kind of article. A 2x Superbowl winning QB in his prime is probably not getting cut. I don't think we needed Vacciano to tell us that.
I will agree with his assessment more when guys like Diehl and Webster are gone as well. Webster costs more than Boley and Canty, and was easily the worse player on the defense this season (Tuck was damn close). Diehl is also an expensive liability.
So far, the only reason I think Reese got rid of AB, Boley, and Canty was because he believes in his draft and wants to see ABro/DW, JWill, and Austin step up. He doesn't have replacements on the team for Diehl or Webster (I would come cheaper and play just as well, sign me Reese!), and is yet to cut them...
Its all about drafting well. Thats what it comes down to.
I'm pretty sure the point of the article was, you don't lose your status as a contender with these kind of cuts (like some people have been saying) as long as you have your franchise QB and your head coach, we'll be in the hunt. I agree, Reese has a track record of successfully retooling this team, and I full expect the same thing to happen here.
Originally Posted by VBGiantsFan
It's a balancing act and I trust Reese to know just how far to go in the cut department.
Originally Posted by JayMas9
Exactly. The Pats and Colts re-tooled like this for years during their windows of success, while keeping a small, yet important nucleus together (most importantly Manning and Brady). We have the essential pieces in place to remain a good team.
Originally Posted by RoanokeFan
I guess you haven't been reading any of the dozens of posts on this board the past few weeks (or the past few years, for that matter).
Originally Posted by VBGiantsFan
Of course, this article should be an example of stating the obvious, but there are many on this board for whom I would say this article should be mandatory reading.
Originally Posted by gmen46
Reading and comprehending are not the same thing. Many will read it.