Giants owner John Mara's seemingly willful ignorance regarding the state of the franchise only continues. According to ProFootballTalk, Mara believes the Giants are "absolutely" heading in the right direction and argues that criticism in May has no bearing on the team's performance in the regular season. Of course, it's not as though the team's performance in the past two seasons would have inspired any confidence in the team's decision-makers to begin with.
John Mara: We're moving in the right direction https://t.co/IDprns7FUj— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) May 21, 2019
Mara's comments come after a tumultuous offseason in which GM Dave Gettleman acted lmuch ike a spy sent by the Cowboys to destroy the team probably would. First, he backed a 38-year-old shell of Eli Manning as the starting quarterback. Then, he allowed Landon Collins to walk away and traded All-Pro wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. for pennies on the dollar. Finally, to cap it all off, he drafted Duke's Daniel Jones puzzlingly high at sixth overall just one year after passing up on Sam Darnold.
To act as though Gettleman is behaving rationally would be, to put it lightly, generous. For once, Mara and the Giants should actually follow the lead of their dysfunctional MetLife Stadium roommates: fire the general manager. However, Mara's questionable comments indicate he is not even remotely considering doing so.
The Giants still have a lot of talent. They have a generational running back in Saquon Barkley, a solid (but OBJ-less) receiving corps led by Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, and a young stud tight end in Evan Engram. But Mara, Gettleman and company refuse to make the necessary choices to support that talent and build a winning roster.
The owner can talk about going in the "right direction" all he wants, but it won't change the fact that the Giants are going in the wrong one based on all available evidence.