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Jerry Reese’s key to building a Super Bowl team: Never stop scouting

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Giants General Manager Jerry Reese says there’s no secret to constructing a roster good enough to get to the Super Bowl. It’s just a matter of hard work from the scouting department.

Asked about the process of scouting players, Reese said, “We never stop that.”

Getting to the Super Bowl didn’t change much about the January schedule for Reese and the rest of the personnel department.

“I just got back from the Senior Bowl myself and was down there for a couple days,” Reese said. “I was also at the East-West game for a couple days. Our scouts are actually looking at film right now at the hotel. That process never stops.”

Reese was asked why there aren’t any celebrity general managers in the NFL, and he said any good G.M. is working too hard to live a celebrity lifestyle.

“It’s a working job,” Reese said. “It’s not a job where you get to work at 10 a.m., leave at 3 p.m. and go play golf. It’s a working job, for me it is anyway. You have to come to work and roll your sleeves up.”

All that hard work from Reese has paid off for the Giants.

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38 Responses to “Jerry Reese’s key to building a Super Bowl team: Never stop scouting”
  1. hooks024 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:57 AM

    Thank you, Mr. Reese.

    Having said that, could you do us fans a couple of favors? First, fire anyone who’s name even comes close to sounding like “kevin killdrive.” Even if it’s more than just one person. Second, on draft day, nothing would be better than a shiny new d back to compliment prince? Thank you in advance for accommodating our requests. It is greatly appreciated.

  2. gmen1987 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:08 AM

    Great piece on a great GM.

  3. bailey76 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:09 AM

    Mr Reese deserves a major apology from a lot of fans and reporters who bashed him for the early season moves or lack their of. His ability to build a solid balanced team w/o chasing the big name free agents is incredible. Following the. Packers and steelers lead. Well done sir

  4. djstat says: Feb 1, 2012 8:18 AM

    Hooks024

    Why would you want the offensive coord. fired? All he has done is build an offense that has been ranked in the top ten for four consecutive years. He has directed an offense that led Eli Manning to a career year this season, and oh yeah, with him as OC, we are at our second Super Bowl in four years…so again hooks….why? BTW you don’t make yourself look better when you ask for another DB when we probably could use LB or OL help.

  5. gmen1990 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:18 AM

    Are you kidding me??? Get rid of Kevin Gilbride…. Clearly you haven’t been watching the last 6 weeks of football.
    Keep in mind, doesn’t matter how good the OC is if you don’t have players that play their roles. It took a little longer, but the O has gotten much much better.

    We don’t need anymore DB’s either. Remember we have a bunch that were injured before or during the first 2 weeks of the season.

    If anything, we can bolster our O-line and an additional linebacker.

  6. east96st says: Feb 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    Jerry – since you’re watching so much film, please put in the NFC title game and watch the performance of the O line, specifically one David Baas. If you watch closely enough, I trust you’ll know what needs to be done. With Carr as the backup, NY really cannot afford to get Eli killed. The last time I was this worried about one particular player going into the Super Bowl was when NY was facing the Ravens with Collins at QB. And we all know how that turned out.

  7. cshearing says: Feb 1, 2012 8:21 AM

    You are in the Super Bowl, and you want to fire your offensive coordinator? Talk about harsh…

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:22 AM

    Best GM in the NFL.

    And shame on Giants fans who called for his head during the preseason. I stuck with him even WITH the Smith and Boss situations and not going hard after Posluzsny (sic?) when people were clamoring for big name signings. The man has proven over the years that he knows what he was doing; even when Accorsi was the GM.

  9. east96st says: Feb 1, 2012 8:27 AM

    “His ability to build a solid balanced team w/o chasing the big name free agents is incredible”

    You do realize that the Giants were OVER the cap, right? Glad you’re a fellow Giants fan, but let’s be realistic. He couldn’t be a big player in FA even if he wanted to. The money simply wasn’t there.

  10. udwnwitjpp says: Feb 1, 2012 8:33 AM

    In reese we trust (shulda called Chase a few weeks earlier tho) #giantswinby10 2011 champs

  11. jasku880 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:38 AM

    Take not jerry jones

  12. jasku880 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:39 AM

    note*

  13. thrillomania says: Feb 1, 2012 8:40 AM

    and have a crappy season or 2 so you can draft high

  14. qdog112 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:48 AM

    A lot of people, me included, thought Reese was crazy early in the year, when he seemed to alienate players like Osi. It just looked like he didn’t know what he was doing. Apparently, I was wrong. He overcame several early injuries to get here.

    Now I realize that Reese is the MVP of the Giants. Hiring (and keeping) Perry Fewell and finding Victor Cruz is enough to make him executive of the year.

  15. zaggs says: Feb 1, 2012 9:05 AM

    JPP, Victor Cruz are gems. Now he just needs to work on the O-line.

  16. godofwine330 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:09 AM

    Sounds good coming from a GM. Wishhe was my Browns’ GM. Never Stop Scouting.

  17. clavette says: Feb 1, 2012 9:10 AM

    Im a huge jerry reese fan. The guy always takes the best player available in the draft. My only beef with him was the cap issues that they had early in the season causing them to be invisible in free agency.

    I felt they needed to add some depth at linebacker and I wasn’t pleased with them not bringing chase back at the start of the year.

    Turns out he knew what he was doing based off the giants being back in the super bowl. This is his team that he built.

  18. dalyman3 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    In Reese We Trust

  19. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Feb 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    i also, as a giants fan, never jumped off the reese bandwagon even when it looked as though we were letting key guys go.
    mara, tisch, and reese are a huge part of why the giants are where they are right now. the owners hands off approach along with jerry’s ability to spot talent is amongst the best in the league.

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:17 AM

    thrillomania says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:40 AM
    and have a crappy season or 2 so you can draft high

    1 1 i Rate This

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    Right, but what does that have to do with Reese and the Giants?

    Rams, yeah. Bills, yeah. Browns, yeah. But what is your point HERE?

  21. gavriloprincip33 says: Feb 1, 2012 9:31 AM

    I am extremely jealous of you NYG fans because we have Jerruh…

    Good luck in the SB!

  22. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    thrillomania says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:40 AM
    and have a crappy season or 2 so you can draft high

    ___________________________

    Tell me the last time the Ravens, Steelers, Patriots, drafted high? Last time the Giants drafted high was in what 2004? The one season where they got Manning, and before this year the last time for the Colts was I believe 2000, or in that area. Even the Eagles (Jokes about this year aside, still went 8-8 and 5-1 in their division, finished the year looking like one of the best teams in the NFC after a slow start) never draft high.

    Your wrong because the point of this article is that you dont’ need that crappy season to draft high, if you scout constantly you can find top 10 talent in the late first to early second round: Steelers Markice Pouncy, Patriots Rob Gronkowski/Jerod Mayo, Ravens Jimmy Smith, Ray Rice etc….

  23. youdownwithjpp says: Feb 1, 2012 9:53 AM

    hooks024 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 7:57 AM
    Thank you, Mr. Reese.

    Having said that, could you do us fans a couple of favors? First, fire anyone who’s name even comes close to sounding like “kevin killdrive.” Even if it’s more than just one person. Second, on draft day, nothing would be better than a shiny new d back to compliment prince? Thank you in advance for accommodating our requests. It is greatly appreciated.
    —————————————————–

    T2, Webster, and Prince (with Ross backing them up) do you really think we should draft another DB? MAYBE a safety to replace Grant because he is getting older now.

    How about polishing a decent RB for when BJ leaves in a year or Bradshaw when his foot can’t take any more screws.

    Or maybe a more athletic Hybrid type TE like Gronk or Graham for Eli to target and teams to game plan for.

  24. gridassassin says: Feb 1, 2012 10:13 AM

    cshearing

    The Bears let their D-Coordinator go after their NFC Championship victory, and I believe the Cardinals let both their coordinators go after they lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

    At the end of a season, every position should be up for scrutiny. I don’t follow enough Giants games to have an educated opinion on Kevin Gilbride -but that passing attack is off the charts.

    Hell, a few months ago, pundits said the Giants quit on Coughlin.

    I’m pulling for Coughlin and the Giants to beat the mad genius and QB Uggs on Sunday.

  25. alewatcher says: Feb 1, 2012 10:46 AM

    noquickreactionshere says: Feb 1, 2012 9:52 AM

    thrillomania says:
    Feb 1, 2012 8:40 AM
    and have a crappy season or 2 so you can draft high

    ————–

    Unfortunately, high draft picks are a total crap shoot. Lot of money for what may or may not be a value player. Late first/early second round is where the value is.

  26. jg725 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:08 AM

    Jerry reese deserves all the credit in the world – he has taken what accorsi started and continued to build on it – he’s done an excellent job with the gmen.

    @hooks0724 – i disagree with you – giants need(and have needed) linebacker help in a big way – i really believe that a couple of above average lb’s can make that defense elite – possibly one of the best in the nfl – just my 2 cents

  27. wlubake says: Feb 1, 2012 11:12 AM

    youdownwithjpp says:Feb 1, 2012 9:53 AM

    T2, Webster, and Prince (with Ross backing them up) do you really think we should draft another DB?

    ————————

    Thomas and Ross are free agents next year. So the Giants enter next season with Webster, an unproven Prince, and a bunch of guys who may or may not be good enough to make the team. The Giants will draft a corner in the top 4 rounds next year.

  28. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 1, 2012 11:19 AM

    @alewatcher

    Not really true, we all focus on the one or two busts because they have destroyed franchizes but we don’t discuss the picks that worked out. Also with the new CBA it doesn’t destroy your cap anymore because of the limits on rookie salaries.

    Great picks the past few years
    2011
    Cam newton, Von Miller, AJ Green, Patrick Peterson, Julio Jones, Aldon Smith
    2010
    Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Joe Haden
    2009
    Matthew Stafford, Jason Smith, Aaron Curry, Andre Smith, BJ Raji
    2008
    Jake Long, Chris Long, Matt Ryan, Darren McFadden,
    2007
    Calivin johnson, Joe Thomas, Laron Landry, Adrian Peterson

    I’m only going wtih the first 5-7 picks and there are at least 3 very good to pro bowl caliber players listed. Also when you discuss top 5 busts you have to consider the team drafting them. Some teams are always drafting in those positions because they dont scout well (the purpose of this article) and teams like the Raiders are consistantly making bad picks and that is where we see the busts. The best value is still at the top of the draft but good scouting can make your team better when a guy like Patrick Willis falls to 11 or Ray Rice is still around in the second round. Either way top 5 draft picks are not crap shoots if you do your homework and pick the right players.

  29. ctgiant says: Feb 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    T2 has already said, he’s coming back, wants no part of FA’s stuff, I expected him to sign with the giants, assuming he’s healthy.
    Giants indeed need to look hard at linemen, one look at there age and playing time is enough to go
    find a couple road monsters, a TE, LB, and let Da’rel Scott & Andre Brown compete for BJ’s spot.
    Last #1 pick at linemen was 1999 Notre Dame, now just lost his name, a senior moment, but true. Dam, that gets me going! Someone here will know?

  30. jdandcoke says: Feb 1, 2012 11:43 AM

    whoever is saying that the giants DONT need any db’s is being very short sighted. TT and ross are both free agents…no way both are re-signed. TT is also coming off of a serious injury.

    id rather have an o-lineman or linebacker in the first, but if we happened to get a young stud corner i wouldnt be upset.

    also, as much as the credit reese is getting is well deserved, his right-hand man….marc ross….should be getting just as much. imo he’s just as important to the giants as reese is, and will probably be some other teams gm within the next two seasons.

  31. marvsleezy says: Feb 1, 2012 11:43 AM

    “It’s a working job,” Reese said
    _______
    Oh ive heard of those!

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:45 AM

    Luke “False Start” Petitgout and we haven’t done a good job of drafting linemen highly (above the 3rd round) except Snee.

  33. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:51 AM

    Giants should sign Finnegan from Tennessee. I feel that Ross is going to be the odd man out, even though he had a very solid year. Thomas won’t be 100% until the middle of the year, if at all next year. He may even begin the season on the PUP, even though his recovery is going well, based upon what I’ve read in the Star-Ledger this week.

    Finnegan will probably want a long term deal so that may not be feasible. And I don’t see the Giants drafting a CB in the 2nd round. God knows we’re going the DE route yet again; which I am not upset about, by the way.

  34. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:55 AM

    jg725 says:
    Feb 1, 2012 11:08 AM
    Jerry reese deserves all the credit in the world – he has taken what accorsi started and continued to build on it – he’s done an excellent job with the gmen.

    @hooks0724 – i disagree with you – giants need(and have needed) linebacker help in a big way – i really believe that a couple of above average lb’s can make that defense elite – possibly one of the best in the nfl – just my 2 cents

    ———–

    Develop Jacquian, either keep Kiwi at weakside or add someone in free agency, but drafting a LB is probably out of the question, since I believe the first three picks will be DE, G/T and CB, in that order.

    Who even knows if Chad Jones will make it back, but I believe that if he DOES, he will be able to do what Grant has done, with reps. I don’t know if that will be in 2012, but signing a big name back there isn’t the route to go, nor drafting highly when the need is obviously offensive line and depth at LB (beyond a free agent addition, possibly).

  35. cshearing says: Feb 1, 2012 11:56 AM

    gridassassin says: Feb 1, 2012 10:13 AM

    cshearing

    The Bears let their D-Coordinator go after their NFC Championship victory, and I believe the Cardinals let both their coordinators go after they lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl.
    —————————————————–

    You are correct. But how did those moves work out? Those teams have been successful since, right?

    I was not saying it was impossible, but to say that the O-Coordinator needs to go a few days before the Super Bowl is even played? Harsh, and not wholly reasonable.

  36. The Prophet says: Feb 1, 2012 11:57 AM

    bailey76 says:Feb 1, 2012 8:09 AM

    Mr Reese deserves a major apology from a lot of fans and reporters who bashed him for the early season moves or lack their of. His ability to build a solid balanced team w/o chasing the big name free agents is incredible. Following the. Packers and steelers lead. Well done sir
    ——————————-

    Give me a break, Jerry Reese was doing this WAY before the Packers, and Reese is a lot more consistent and has more longevity than the Packers. I think you’re giving the Packers too much credit to put them in with the Giants and Steelers. Both of these teams have had strong revolving rosters for most of the past decade. The Packers had only one Super Bowl appearance with a 10-6 team. and Reese’s Giants also beat the tar out of the Packers and most Packer fans blame their defensive personnel for the loss.

  37. youdownwithjpp says: Feb 1, 2012 12:01 PM

    ctgiant says: Feb 1, 2012 11:40 AM

    T2 has already said, he’s coming back, wants no part of FA’s stuff, I expected him to sign with the giants, assuming he’s healthy.
    Giants indeed need to look hard at linemen, one look at there age and playing time is enough to go
    find a couple road monsters, a TE, LB, and let Da’rel Scott & Andre Brown compete for BJ’s spot.
    Last #1 pick at linemen was 1999 Notre Dame, now just lost his name, a senior moment, but true. Dam, that gets me going! Someone here will know?
    —————————————-
    Yeah Thomas will be healthy enough and ready to go. I think that we will keep Ross as well. I can imagine there would be a huge market for his services, so we can keep his contract to a reasonable amount. He has been playing at an improved rate as of late, but he has not played as expected when we drafted him.

    I like Scott, he is a quick explosive back, but he has turnover issues. Next season we need to bring him in the mix more often (hopefully this offseason will help him with the turnovers). And the tackle you were talking about was Luke Petitgout. I agree though we can use a linemen and/or a quality TE.

  38. dstep24 says: Feb 1, 2012 1:59 PM

    Not sure how the worst running game in the league and a 9-7 record should reflect so wonderfully on the guy in charge of player personnel.

    Reese isn’t down on the field making Eli great in the clutch – which is exactly why this team is where it’s at.

    8-8, 10-6, 9-7 over the past three years is okay, but if those are the results of guys in the front office working around the clock, I’m not sure they’ve got the whole “work smarter” thing figured out.

    Love JR, but it’s not like we’re dealing with Ted Thompson here.

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