John Mara getting impatient, but won’t make playoff mandate

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The Giants have missed the playoffs in eight of the last nine seasons, including the last four years, and co-owner John Mara admits it “is a fear of mine” that the team could be mired in the kind of rut that saw them miss the playoffs for 17 straight years in the 1960s and 1970s.

Mara made that comment while answering a question about the team spending big to land free agents wide receiver Kenny Golladay and cornerback Adoree' Jackson and said that fear is among the reasons “we committed so much money this offseason.”

Mara said he doesn’t like going big in free agency and noted doing so in 2016 bore little reward for the team, but he said he’s more comfortable with this year’s investments. He believes the team’s moves leave them with a good enough roster to make the playoffs, but stopped short of saying there was an organizational mandate to make it happen.

“I’d be very disappointed if things don’t turn around quickly. . . . I’m starting to get impatient,” Mara said, via Ian O’Connor of the New York Post. “It’s been a while. I’m tired of explaining to fans at the end of every season, ‘Things are getting better. We’re on the right track.’ You lose credibility with them. . . . I’m not saying we have to [make the playoffs] this year. I never want to be in that business. I don’t think we’re a finished product by any stretch of the imagination. We need to add more pieces. But looking at the players we have added, there’s reason to think we’ll be in the playoffs sooner rather than later.”

Mara had nothing but good things to say about quarterback Daniel Jones and head coach Joe Judge, but another flop come the regular season won’t do much to convince anyone that the team is on the right track.

4 responses to “John Mara getting impatient, but won’t make playoff mandate

  1. The Giants are headed in the right direction. It’s a QB league, and they became a contender the minute they drafted Daniel Jones. They set themselves back a year when they fired their coach after the QBs rookie season. Then the entire offense had to learn everything all over again. And it was done during a pandemic when there was no preseason. They’re acquiring good players, and should have a great season. The future looks very bright. Just keep your fingers off the reset button, John.

  2. Chase Young is the best player in the NFC East. Washington will control that division for the foreseeable future.

  3. These are the kind of words from ownership that dooms franchises.
    They won a title at the beginning of the last decade and the team collapsed towards the end of it. They needed a thorough rebuild on their entire roster, and despite showing some improvement the past year, the owner is already impatient with the process.
    With that kind of attitude they’ll be back in the division basement.
    If he doesn’t dial this kind of rhetoric back, the NFC East will have the top trio of dysfunctional owners in the league, with him joining Jones and Snyder in the top meddlers category.

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