Jerry Reese is smart again

AP

Luck remains the most overlooked factor in what decides a champion.

Giants G.M. Jerry Reese had a great quote this week that spoke to how things outside of a team’s control can often make all the difference in deciding public perception. Or even a season.

“Last year we win 10 games and we don’t qualify for the tournament and you’re not that smart,” Reese said. “This time, we win nine games, win a division, less games, and now it seems I’m pretty smart again. It just comes with the territory and that’s just part of it. It just is what it is.”

This happened to be a year that nine wins was enough for the Giants to get in the playoffs. That wouldn’t work most year.

This happened to be a year in the AFC where the vulnerable Patriots secondary didn’t have to face a great quarterback to make the Super Bowl.

That’s just how it goes. You need to be very good to make the Super Bowl, and you usually need to be a little lucky.

22 responses to “Jerry Reese is smart again

  1. Dangit… Around thanksgiving I was hoping Coughlin gets fired, then everything plays out like it did for my Raiders after the season and that Coughlin woulda been brought in to take charge.

    One could dream…

  2. This is a comment posted on the ‘NFL may increase play reviews’

    georgebrett says:
    Feb 3, 2012 1:52 PM
    Best way ever would be to have an office in a remote location say NYC

    LOL!! NYC is a “remote location”!!

    georgebrett- stay in lovely Kansis City and keep watching the corn grow!

  3. Last year Jay Cutler gets hurt in the NFCC, Packers win by a TD then go on to win the SB. Ted Thompson = vindicated.

    This year Packers secondary can’t tackle and misplays a hail mary, and the offense fumbles 5 times. Giants go on to a SB. Jerry Reese = vindicated.

    It’s talent, sure, but so much of it is luck and match-ups.

  4. What distinguishes the Giants and its front office from its other NFC East counterparts;

    1. It doesn’t trade away draft picks and when they very rarely do, they get a franchise, future HOF, QB, instead of giving up two no1’s for Roy Williams. 2. It doesn’t splash out in free agency trying to build a ‘dream team’ and buy a superbowl like the skins, and eagles have done of late. 3. Oh yeah, Superbowls are not won by building flashy $1 billion stadia and living off of glories last century.

    The Giants have a top notch scouting team and build through the draft taking the BPA instead of filling lesser value players to fill a need and have churned out top quality starters on both offense and defense for the last 6-7 years.

    George Young…Ernie Accorsi……and Jerry Reese. GO BIG BLUE.

  5. Before the season, Reese guaranteed that the Giants would make a deep playoff run. Dude isn’t just smart, he’s Kresskin!

  6. whatnojets says:
    Feb 3, 2012 2:19 PM
    This is a comment posted on the ‘NFL may increase play reviews’

    georgebrett says:
    Feb 3, 2012 1:52 PM
    Best way ever would be to have an office in a remote location say NYC

    LOL!! NYC is a “remote location”!!

    georgebrett- stay in lovely Kansis City and keep watching the corn grow!

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    Buddy he meant not at the field the games are played some random building “remote location” get it or do you need pictures

  7. Hus101 let’s fremember a few things–
    1. The Giants did trade away Philip Rivers because Eli cried his way all the way to NY. If AJ Smith had any balls, he would have drafted Manning and made him play in SD.

    2. This is the only time that the Eagles signed a lot of FAs. Usually, in the past, it’s been maybe 1 or 2. So, no, they haven’t been “trying to by a champinship team like the dream team has done as of late.”

    3. As for “Oh yeah, Superbowls are not won by building flashy $1 billion stadia and living off of glories last century.”–how much did Metlife Stadium cost?

  8. The Giants were lucky that Dallas had Garrett as head coach. If Dallas pulled out just 2 of the 5 losses that should have been wins (aside from the Pats game maybe), the Giants never would have been in the playoffs. Vs the Jets – Witten’s lack of desire, fumble on the 1 (after 2 throws), blocked punt, Vs the Kittens – up 24-3, Garrett tells Romo to keep throwing in 2nd half = 2 TDs and another leads to TD, Vs. the Pats – defense picked apart, Vs. the Pigeons (Cards)- freezes kicker, 10 days to prepare vs a 4-7 team, multiple chances in red zone and inside the 40, Vs. the Gnats (game 1)- blocked FG, Austin can’t see the ball, up by 14 in the 4th. The Giants definitely turned it around, but were rather lucky to get in, as well as Dallas blowing it.

  9. eaglebobby says:
    Feb 3, 2012 3:37 PM
    Hus101 let’s fremember a few things–
    1. The Giants did trade away Philip Rivers because Eli cried his way all the way to NY. If AJ Smith had any balls, he would have drafted Manning and made him play in SD.

    __
    If the “Lord of No Rings” had any balls, he would have kept Brees, drafted a stud to help him on offense, kept Michael Turner, kept Darren Sproles…and probably won a Super Bowl or two.

    He hasn’t done any of that…which makes him a nutless wonder.

  10. eaglebobby – Thanks for enlightening us all. When it comes to building a championship team, no one does it like Philly. Any advice and/or insight coming from an Eagles fan is much appreciated because no team in the NFL can match the Eagles success at winning it all year after year after. 1960, assclown. Come back when your team is relevant.

  11. eaglebobby says:
    ‘The Giants did trade away Philip Rivers because Eli cried his way all the way to NY. ‘
    —-
    1. It was no secret the Giants needed a QB, it was no secret the Giants wanted Eli, it was no secret that the Giants are an organization of winning superbowl tradition.
    Eli was smart to enough to recognize that wasn’t what the Chargers were and wanted to align himself with a better run franchise. He’s obviously been proven right as the Chargers are ringless and can’t even win the AFC West and Eli’s got a ring and is in his second superbowl.
    2. ‘This is the only time that the Eagles signed a lot of FAs.’ —-
    Asante Samuel, Nnamdi, TO, Vick ($100 milll down the drain), Kearse and the 20 players picked up in 2010. Every single one of the guys were the no 1, free agents on the market going in to their FA years and each time the Eagles paid bucket loads for each one. Thats saying something. Your team is all about being flashy and blowing all your cap on one big name free agent. I guess not winning a superbowl causes your team to have

    3. New GIANTS stadium is a traditional football stadium unlike that spaceship in Dallas – style over substance. Besides the Giants paid half along with that other team to build it.

    Behind your pathetic attempts of trying to poke holes in the Giants front office operations, in which we’ve won one and possibly two (touch wood) SBs under Jerry Reese’s 4 year tenure, secretly I know your wishing your Eagles team could be run half as good as ours. Make sure to tune in on Sunday to watch Nicks and JPP you know the two talents you passed on to go for much lesser players.

  12. Haha. Look at all these stupid eagles and cowboys fans crying. Your teams suck like mine does, and are run just as poorly. Philly fans may disagree but you are the only NFC east team with a big fat zero in the superbowl category. Give the giants some credit by keeping your mouths shut

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