EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (NEWS10) – The New York Giants haven’t made the playoffs in five years, but they have a plan in place to change that for the upcoming season.
The Giants had a relaxing day of training on Friday. First year head coach Ben McAdoo called it a “REM Friday” referring to the extra sleep he allowed his team to have as he delayed practice an hour.
However, the Giants won’t rest too much considering they’re coming off three straight losing seasons. But they think it’s all about to change.
The G-Men will have a different look this season.
“That new life, that sense of new growth, that sense of a new beginning,” tight end Will Tye said. “Everybody’s just really hungry.”
The team is starving for a playoff run after missing the postseason for the sixth time in the last seven years. Tom Coughlin, the man who led the giants to two Super Bowl wins, is out after 12 seasons. McAdoo, the former offensive coordinator, is now running the show and making each player earn his spot.
“We love competition,” McAdoo said. “That’s the best way to get better. And we feel that we’ve created some good competition.”
The organization certainly paid for it by spending nearly $200 million to upgrade the league’s worst defense in 2015.
“I’m not gonna sell no dreams or anything like that,” defensive end Olivier Vernon said.
Vernon signed a five-year, $85 million deal. He knows you can never have too many weapons.
“The more veteran leadership we can have on the team, the better we’re gonna be to go along and help us get into the postseason,” he said.
But the offense has to do its part, too. The Giants have a proven quarterback star they can rely on; however, Eli Manning needs to make things happen.
Second year left tackle Ereck Flowers thinks his unit is up for the task.
“It takes time to be able to work together, be comfortable, and you know, the best lines have always been together for years,” he said.
So if the offensive line can hold, and the defense can rise up, what’s to stop the team?
“Sky’s the limit,” Vernon said. “You know everybody got potential. It’s just what are we going to do with it?”
While Friday was an easy practice, McAdoo said that Saturday is going to be the complete opposite. It’s going to be long, physical, fast, and in full pads.
The Giants first preseason game is on Friday against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.