Originally posted on Big Giants Boom  |  Last updated 4/5/12

Eli Manning warms up before a game against Miami at Metlife Stadium, October 30, 2011. Photo taken by NYGiantsFansUniteSF (no real name given). Used under Creative Commons License.

by Adam Carman, BGB Assistant Editor

With the advent of baseball season, it's been harder and harder to focus on the world of football. While many teams are making a huge splash in free agency, the Giants as usual are quiet. Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs have gone to San Francisco; Devin Thomas is now a Chicago Bear. Yes, they have signed a bunch of no-names, in addition to former Dallas tight end Martellus Bennett, and have welcomed back Terrell Thomas and Domenik Hixon. But overall, the impression is a team quietly relying on their age-old formula.

What surprises me is that the general community of Giants fans is upset at this. We're hearing the same chorus we heard last summer: The Giants never do anything! We need a linebacker! We need Plax back! This season is going to suck! Just a few months ago the New York Giants won the Super Bowl...without any big name free agents or Plaxico or any stud linebackers. Somehow Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning and the usual suspects manage to keep our team winning. I won't say, "Trust Reese," as if the man has never made a bad choice (coughCCBROWNcough) but the Giants thrive in this kind of atmosphere. They don't need former Giants to return; they don't need to re-sign all their weakest links. They will extend Tom Coughlin; they will find the money for Osi and Cruz and hopefully bring back Blackburn. That's all that's necessary. Brandon Jacobs was clearly washed up and Mario Manningham's clutch performance in the Super Bowl obscured an up-and-down career which often cost the Giants close games. We can appreciate their service and wish them well, but let's stop the hand-wringing and pretending the Giants can't survive their departure.

Here at the Boom we are all waiting anxiously for Draft Day and speculating feverishly on who the Giants will take with the last pick of round one, and all subsequent rounds. I am notoriously bad at gauging what's on Reese's mind but if I were to come up with my wish list for round 1, my first choice would be Coby Fleener, a tight end from Stanford. I know they signed Bennett and they have Pascoe, but Fleener would be a good replacement for Travis Beckum who has clearly outlived his usefulness. The man is ready to go right now, but if the 49ers continue to steal our guys and snag him first, Mike Adams, an offensive tackle out of Ohio State would be a good backup choice. Kareem Mackenzie is likely gone (and best wishes for him--one of my favorite Giants) and Adams is a beast. We know Reese goes BPA though, so we shall see how it all pans out.

All in all, Giants fans, the prognosis is good. It's April so the season is up for grabs, but despite the hype around the Eagles, Cowboys and Jets, the Giants are quietly making the moves that will ensure they're in the thick of the title hunt...again. God willing and injuries being light, our New York Giants can join the late 1960s Green Bay Packers, 1970s Miami Dolphins and Pittsburgh Steelers, the 1980s 49ers, the 1990s Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos, and the New England Patriots of 2003-2004 as a team that successfully defended its Super Bowl title the following year. GO GIANTS!
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