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Giants GM Unfazed Under Pressure
In his short tenure as Giants' GM, Jerry Reese has had to make quite a few franchise-changing decisions. First he had to decide to either invest in or divest himself of head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin rewarded Reese with fiery championship run.
He openly challenged Eli Manning's ability in the media before the Giants Super Bowl run, calling him "skittish" after a four-interception debacle against the Minnesota Vikings. Manning responded in MVP-like fashion, leading the Blue to an unlikely Super Bowl victory over New England.
Then, he sent Wellington Mara's boy, Jeremy Shockey, packing after a verbal blowout. Shockey struggled with the Saints even though their QB, Drew Brees, fell a stone's throw short of Dan Marino's single-season passing yards record. Reese scored a second and a fifth round pick in the trade, and now will use that to replenish the Giants' WR and LB corp.
After his team rallied to win Super Bowl XLII, he derailed any drama Michael Strahan planned to pull after his retirement by getting him to commit to stay retired before the Giants went to camp.
This off-season has been no less hectic. Reese was forced to cut ties with Amani Toomer, the Giants'all-time leading receiver after Toomer bashed the coaching staff on the media.
Finally,the Burress mess. Reese saw the Plaxico situation as a drain and a distraction. With the draft coming up, he chose to just let the superstar receiver go rather than have the legal drama impede on his team's day-to-day operations.
The Giants are lucky they have a man of this fabric running the show. Jerry Reese puts the team first every time. Of course, he rewards loyalty when it is due, but he has shown that he will not let any player's actions - both on and off the field - deter or hinder his team's goals. The Giants' players do not have to look far for a role model when it comes to character. Reese has enough for the whole team.