Honesty won’t be lacking when the Giants’ owners sit down at the end of the year to determine the team’s future.
Coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman are nearing the end of their second year together and the Giants have seen little progress. After going 5-11 last year, the Giants are mired in another lost season at 2-10 with the heat turned up on their decision makers.
“It’s been a very frustrating season,” co-owner Steve Tisch told NBC New York on Tuesday at the March of Dimes luncheon. “At the end of the season John Mara and I are gonna get together and discuss the future. As partners we have to be very honest with each other about where we see this team going into the 2020 season.”
Shurmur has insisted there is progress being made behind the scenes, but it remains to be seen how much patience that will buy with Mara and Tisch.
Asked if he believed in his coach and GM, Tisch didn’t offer them a vote of confidence.
“Those decisions and conversation are not going to be made this morning,” Tisch said. “It’s really at the end of the season that John and I are going to sit down and talk about these issues.”
The Giants opted not to cut Eli Manning in the offseason, only for him to be benched after two games in favor of rookie Daniel Jones. The quarterback that Gettleman drafted with the No. 6 pick has gone through growing pains while showing promise at times. He is one of many young players the Giants have learning on the fly through their rebuild with the payoff yet to come.
Last year’s beacon of hope, No. 2 pick Saquon Barkley, has come back down to earth this season while the defense has struggled mightily.
“I’m asking for patience,” Tisch said, when asked what his message is for Giants fan. “I’m being patient which you know at times is challenging. Please be understanding and patient. I want Giants fan to feel that their voice is being heard.”
Tisch didn’t hold back from making himself and the Giants the butt of jokes, either, as he was handed an award for his leadership, according to Sports Business Journal.
“I know you are having second thoughts about giving an owner of a 2-10 football team a sports leadership award. But look, you couldn’t have known, just like the NFL doesn’t know what pass interference is,” Tisch quipped.
While taking the award from Kenny Albert, Tisch joked, “You just witnessed a handoff to a Giant that wasn’t fumbled this season.”
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