Giants General Manager Jerry Reese took full responsibility for the holes on the team’s roster. Sort of.
Reese acknowledged in his press conference today that the Giants’ three consecutive losing seasons fall on his shoulders. But he then proceeded to point out that he’s not the only one responsible for the team’s personnel, saying that the coaching staff was involved as well.
“Let me say this: You always miss on some draft picks,” Reese said. “I take full responsibility for every player that’s been on this roster from the time I’ve been director of player personnel until right now, so I’ll take full responsibility — even though everybody’s involved with the grading players, and the players we take. I don’t try to have full control of everything. Our coaching staff is involved, our personnel staff is involved, everybody’s involved.”
The Giants’ ownership decided to move on from coach Tom Coughlin and keep Reese, so the owners apparently believe that the coaching staff is more to blame than the front office. But the roster
“Obviously, there are some situations on the roster that need to be addressed,” he said. “It’s not easy to turn a roster over and start a rebuild.”
But it’s Reese’s own roster that needs to be rebuilt. Reese may not be the only one who built that roster, but he’s the one with final say. And if the Giants have their fourth consecutive losing season in 2016, a year from now it will be the G.M., not the head coach, who’s being replaced.