The Giants proved one thing with their loss to the Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs. Good isn't good enough. The miracle road run of 2007 has, for the foreseeable future, changed the standard. Giants fans have seen what is possible when team comes before self. And they want more. The problem is the Giants have a glaring weakness. They don't have a receiver who scares anyone.
Not to worry Giant fans, I have seen the future and it is bright red. The question is which red? Is it Cardinal red, or Red Raider Red? Is it Anquan Boldin or Michael Crabtree?
I've said it before to the point of being called a homer, I believe Jerry Reese will act swiftly to address this one need with a game changer.
Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin is the proven quantity. He plays big, he's tough as nails, and he catches everything thrown his way. He has been a model citizen throughout his career except for the shenanigans at the end of the NFC Championship game, so I believe I can say with confidence he comes without baggage.
He has the tools to put the Giants back in the big game next February, and he will most likely be available.
Michael Crabtree may be a once in a generation player. He has all the tools and most every scout rates him as a difference maker at the next level. He has a greater upside but a greater downside as well.
The NFL waiver wire is littered with can't miss receivers who missed. That being said, anyone—scout or fan—who watched him dominate at Texas Tech knows this guy is the real deal. He, too, has what it takes to put the Giants back in the Bowl.
So what does Jerry Reese do? Giant fans want something for nothing. They want to trade a second round pick for Boldin. Maybe throw in the fifth they got for Shockey. I tell you right now, that isn't happening. They will have to give up their first and maybe a second to get him.
Crabtree will cost a first as well, but what else? A second and a fourth? Is he worth it? Especially when Reese has already shown how valuable those picks are in the hands of someone who knows how to use them. I think anyone who watched the Giants limp down the stretch knows the answer to that question. It is a resounding YES.
Winning a Super Bowl is an addiction, one that can be treated but never cured. Giant fans who, as recently as 2006, were happy to make the playoffs want more. They want wins in games with roman numeral identifiers.
As I said before, the rules have changed, good is no longer good enough. The Giants need a big play, game changing wide out, and now is the time for a decisive move.
Will they do it? Time will tell, but my guess is they will, and they will be celebrating the move with confetti and the Lombardi trophy next January.