You have to learn from the best to be the best. That’s why most teams in the NFL are looking east toward New York to see what the Giants did to make themselves Super Bowl champions for the second time in four years.
Giants GM Jerry Reese spoke to the media Saturday morning divulging that the Giants are back to business as usual three weeks after their Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.
“That’s over with,” Reese said amid a crowd of reporters. “It was good while it lasted, but we’re on to the new season. After the parade we went right into our pre draft meeting for the combine to start to build a new team.”
Building a new team is something that the Giants take pride in. Here are some takeaways from Reese’s press conference:
Reese on how the team drafts defensive players.
“We look for versatile players. We like guys that can play all over the front because we mix our fronts up a lot.”
Reese on whether the pass rush makes the secondary.
“I think it helps the secondary. If you’ve got a good player in the secondary, they can hold their own. When you’ve got some guys up front that can chase the quarterback off his spot a lot, that definitely helps out a lot on the back end of the defense.”
Reese on how much stock they put on Bowl games and all-star games.
“We use the all-star games to try to evaluate what we saw back in the fall. Most of our evaluations are from what they did with their team in the fall.”
Reese on the odds of finding a good player through the draft based off of spending time and money scouting the player.
“I don’t think it’s 50/50. I think we’re a little better than 50/50. You don’t get them all right. You try to get more right than you get wrong.”
Reese on how the Giants evaluate players now that more teams are playing in their sub-defense.
“We just look for good players in the draft. With the offense, people say it’s a passing league, and maybe it is a passing league. I don’t know if it is or not. They throw a lot of passes in this league. You have to be in your sub-package a lot so that does affect how you start to look at personnel.”
Reese on the next-man-up philosophy.
“Injuries are part of the game. We don’t use that for an excuse ever. We pride ourself on trying to have enough depth at every position to bring the next guy up. Our coaches do a terrific job of when the next guy’s up, whatever skill set it is, they do a good job of implementing them into the offense.”
Reese on the Giants’ spending this off season.
“Everybody thinks they deserve a raise after the season you win the Super Bowl. That’s a good problem to have.”