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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 10: New York Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Jerry Reese addresses the media at a Press Conference where Michael Strahan announced his retirement from the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on June 10, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)


Jerry Reese Guarantees the Giants Will Make the Playoffs

The Giants have had a relatively quiet off-season — one that's been made to look all the more quiet compared to what the Eagles have done down in Philadelphia. But the team's spokesperson isn't the only one who thinks that it's too early to worry. And so yesterday, GM Jerry Reese insisted they've been sticking to their game plan — he said that they've made "responsible offers," and moved on if those offers weren't good enough — and also, for good measure, guaranteed that the team would make the playoffs.

From ESPN New York:

"We won 10 games last year; it wasn't like we were 6-10," Reese said. "We expect to build off that. If we made a couple of plays here and there last year, we would have been in the playoffs. And who knows what would have happened? But it didn't happen, so we will make the plays this time and we'll get in the playoffs and make a run."

We suppose that first part is true: There's no telling how the season would have played out, but if they'd have just managed to, say, not completely collapse against the Eagles at the Meadowlands, they might have had eleven wins, one more than the Wild Card Packers. But that appears to be the best-case scenario again: Sneaking into the playoffs as a Wild Card team, and, despite their underdog status, getting hot and going on a run. It worked for them once, but that's awfully hard to repeat.

Perhaps it's only right to take Pat Hanlon's advice, and let the team play some meaningful games before panicking. And perhaps Reese has done enough that we should believe him when he essentially says, "trust me." But surely they both understand why fans are worried. While the coach of one of the city's teams is guaranteeing that his team is great and will win the Super Bowl, the GM of the other is basically guaranteeing that his team isn't as bad as everyone thinks. It's not exactly a Rex Ryanlevel of self-confidence, but the Giants' insistence that they're going to be fine means that just like the Jets, they have to put up or shut up, as well. In the words of Hanlon himself (from a tweet directed at Ryan earlier this year): Talk is cheap.

Photo: Andy Marlin/2008 Getty Images