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After the NFL lockout of 2011 came to an end and free agency officially began, teams were signing players left and right. The Philadelphia Eagles seemed to get to a fast start when they took in Nnamdi Asomugha to improve their defense.
New York Giants fans waited to see what Jerry Reese had up his sleeve. They waited. They waited. They waited.
Instead of gaining, they lost.
Giants former tight end Kevin Boss left for the Oakland Raiders, and fan-loved wide receiver Steve Smith left for the Philadelphia Eagles.
All fans, myself included, all thought the same thing: What in the world was Reese doing???
All we did was shake our heads, while fans of the Eagles and Dallas Cowboys pointed and laughed.
After all the complaints Giants fans and media had surfaced, Reese went public and announced that he believed very highly that the 2011 Giants team as it stood was more than capable of winning the Super Bowl.
At the time, he seemed to be the only one that believed it.
I wasn’t even thinking about the Super Bowl. I just wanted them to make the playoffs. I couldn’t bear to watch them miss the playoffs for a third year in a row.
Even all the way up to Week 15, after they lost a second time to the Washington Redskins, I had a lot of trouble believing they were playoff bound.
Well, they proved me wrong.
The Giants immediately went into playoff mode and won every single one of their games and eventually won Super Bowl XLVI.
I didn’t start to believe they would win the Super Bowl until they reached the playoffs.
Reese believed it before the season even started.
So, Jerry Reese, I think I owe you an apology. I said a lot of bad things about you before the start of the season. Things I won’t dare to repeat on here. I was angry. I was upset. I didn’t think you did your job. I was wrong. I’m sorry.
If there is ever a moment were I don’t agree with a move you make, I will keep my mouth shut. I trust my general manager. I believe in Jerry Reese.