New York Giants: Debunking 4 Myths About Jerry Reese

October 18, 2017

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I have elected myself the official president of the "Jerry Reese is not the problem" after-school program, because I'm tired of this guy taking sh** for no legitimate reason. 

Every time I write an article defending Reese, providing nothing by facts, I always hear the same basic comments from fans. 

And I'm now going to address those comments - and debunk each one. 

4. "He's Horrible at Drafting" 

I love, absolutely love, when people keep repeating that "Reese keeps missing on draft picks" - because, it makes no sense.

First off, general managers whiff on draft choices all the time.

Bill Belichick, the smartest man the NFL has ever known, has taken Cyrus Jones, Malcolm Brown, and Dominique Easley with his highest selection in each of the past three draft classes (not counting the 2017 draft class).

None of them are even above average NFL players.

In fact, Easley isn't even on the team anymore, Brown was reportedly on the trade block after being demoted, and Jones is a nobody.

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Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, a man who has put together a team that has made the playoffs every season since 2012, twice appearing in the Super Bowl, has drafted Germain Ifedi (who the f*** is that?), Frank Clark, Paul Richardson (65 catches in three-plus years), and Christine Michael (not on the team anymore) with his last four top draft choices (not counting the 2017 draft class).

And the only reason Schneider lucked out in drafting a good pass rusher like Clark, was due to the fact that he had a domestic violence incident on his resume, allowing him to slide in the draft. 

That also doesn't take into account the fact that Schneider used first round picks on James Carpenter and one-dimensional Bruce Irving years before. 

Over the past four or five seasons with his first or second round picks, Reese has drafted, arguably, the league's most talented wideout (Odell Beckham Jr.), a B+ offensive lineman who can play multiple positions (Justin Pugh), one of the best safeties in the NFL (Landon Collins), and four young players who are beginning to emerge into something special.

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Sterling Shepard led all receivers in yards from the slot before he was injured, Dalvin Tomlinson is in the running for Pro Football Focus' "Rookie of the Year" discussion, Eli Apple just posted the best game of his career in Denver (PFF grade of 90.2), and Evan Engram, who is incredibly fun to watch, has wide receiver skills at the tight end position - something, very few in the league have.

No GM drafts the perfect team, even the Belichick's and Schneider's of the world miss on top draft choices. But let's stop acting as though Reese hasn't hit multiple home runs in the draft, with a few doubles mixed in there as well.

3. "He won Super Bowls With Ernie Accorsi's Players'"

This is easily the dumbest argument that Giants fans make, the fact that Reese won Super Bowls with players from his predecessor, Ernie Accorsi.

First off, once promoted to GM, Reese cleaned house on multiple failed projects that Accorsi left him.

One of those was Luke Petitgout, who never lived up to expectations as an offensive tackle, and the other was Lavar Arrington, a man who was given $49 million to make 14 tackles in five games before getting injured and never playing another down of football ever again.

Then, with his first ever draft class, Reese drafted eight players, seven of whom, made an immediate impact on a team that won the Super Bowl.

Aaron Ross intercepted three passes in each of his first two seasons, both Steve Smith and long snapper Zak DeOssie would become Pro Bowlers, with Smith owning the franchise record for receptions in a season (107), and Ahmad Bradshaw, a seventh round pick, rushed for 1,000 yards on multiple occasions, and finished his career averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

I'm also not including players like Jay Alford, Kevin Boss, and Michael Johnson, who, at times, started games and took meaningful snaps as rookies, with Alford and Boss making huge plays in Super Bowl XLII.

You couldn't have a better draft class if you tried.

As far as the team's next Super Bowl winning unit in 2011, Reese assembled an elite receiving unit, headlined by Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and undrafted free agent star Victor Cruz, a group that overshadowed the league's last-ranked rushing attack.

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On Defense, Antrel Rolle, a player Reese had signed prior to the 2010 season, became the leader of the team's defense, twice being named an All-Pro while with the team.

Although Reese messed up by letting Linval Joseph walk in free agency, the Giants GM selected the ECU product in the second round, and Joseph was in the middle of a defense who allowed just 14 points per game during the postseason.

He's now emerged as one of the best interior defensive lineman in the league, according to PFF.

Jason Pierre-Paul was the talk of the league on defense in 2011, recording a career-high 16.5 sacks and looking like the next Lawrence Taylor. 

Deon Grant, another great leader, Steve Weatherford, and Chris Canty shouldn't go unnoticed either in Reese's Super Bowl XLVI winning unit.

Reese had his hands all over both Super Bowl teams. 

2. "He Had Nothing To Do With The Team's Postseason Appearance In 2016"

In one season, the Giants went from allowing the third-most points in the league, to the second-fewest in 2016, for one reason: Reese hit a grand slam, walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series.

Spending money doesn't guarantee results, but Reese somehow got incredible value for his investment in Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins.

All three players became All-Pro selections in their first season with the team, all three posting PFF grades of 85 or higher.

In return, Reese's re-made defense allowed fans to overlook a bad offense, an offense ruined by the predictable play calling of head coach Ben McAdoo, on their way to a postseason appearance.

I dove deeper into this topic the other day. Click here to read more. 

1. "He Hasn't Addressed The O-line"

Look, I hated the fact that Reese didn't heavily pursue free agent Andrew Whitworth this past offseason - I can't stick up for him in that sense.

But the fact that he "hasn't addressed the offensive line" is completely incorrect.

Three of the team's five starters on the offense line (Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, and Weston Richburg) are either first or second round draft choices.

Here are three of PFF's top five offensive lines heading into this season, and the amount of first or second round draft choices those teams spent on building each unit.

Philadelphia Eagles: 1 (Lane Johnson)

Cleveland Browns: 2 (Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio)

Chicago Bears: 2 (Cody Whitehair, Kyle Long)

Clearly, he whiffed on drafting Flowers, and there's no question the offensive line sucks. But the argument of him "not addressing" the offensive line is false.

He's actually invested more than most.

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