The Giants have always viewed themselves as a family.
It’s how Wellington Mara ran the organization for so many years and now with his son John in charge, it’s a trait that is easily passed on.
“Once a Giant, always a Giant” is the mantra that they hold dear and it’s worked out well so far.
So when the Big Blue management talks about Jason Pierre-Paul with concern for his well being and not his availability to play football, you tend to believe them. That was the case today when general manager Jerry Reese addressed the media.
“Guys, I’m not going to say much,” Reese said. “I don’t really have anything to report about that situation, but I am going to say this: I wish Jason nothing but the best. It’s a traumatic situation that was – it was an accident. There’s plenty of people that have opinions about it, but my heart goes out to him. For a young man to have a traumatic event like that in his life, it’s life-changing for him and I hope and pray for the best for him. That’s what I can say about that. But other than that, I’m not going to say anything else about what Jason’s situation is except I hope for the best, and hopefully he’s healing mentally and physically, and that he can be back to himself as soon as possible. That’s all I’m going to say about the Jason situation.”
The Giants might be quiet, but they will have to deal with this situation soon. Before July 4th, JPP was an important part of the Giants defense. They still need to get him signed to some sort of contract or just cut bait and move on. It’s a decision they have to make.
That being said, the team will also have to build a defense as well. Even though the offensive looks sound, the Giants now have a hole to fill on the defensive line and also have a number of moving parts that need to come together, if the defense is going to play up to a level of a playoff team.
And let’s not forget that this crew is learning Steve Spagnuolo’s system all over again. The last time in 2007, it took about two games into the season for the players to catch up to it. That crew was led by Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, and Justin Tuck. This team is down JPP and needs players like Damontre Moore and Kerry Wynn to step up and take the lead.
Of course, Reese thinks they can.
“I think we’ll be really good defensively,” Reese said. “I think we’re gonna surprise people.”
Seeing is believing here and the defense has to get off to a good start and more importantly stay healthy.
And they will need to resolve the JPP situation too, even if they are more concerned about his well being right now.