'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, then Osi Umenyiora opened his mouth.
"If they're going to be making changes, it has to be wholesale changes," Umenyiora told Tom Rock of Newsday. "Nobody played above average this year."
The New York Giants can delay their offseason plans with an unlikely playoff berth that would hinge on them beating the Philadelphia Eagles at home and having the Dallas Cowboys lose or tie, the Minnesota Vikings lose and the Chicago Bears lose.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning isn't hitting the panic button just yet.
"The scenario is possible. It's not like a bunch of huge upsets have to happen," Giants quarterback Eli Manning told Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger, before adding: "I think we knew there was going to be a chance, (but we're) obviously disappointed that this is what we have to rely on now."
The Giants front office and fans would agree 100 percent with the latter part of Manning's statement.
The shifting of focus toward offseason plans is palpable in New York, as Big Blue brass can't afford to take a wait-and-see approach to the insurmountable playoff scenario staring them in the face.
Let's take a look at a plan of attack that makes sense for Giants general manager Jerry Reese and company to adhere to this offseason.