A New York Giant Review: A Look Back at an Eventful Offseason
Within the past few months, New York has seen their big blue squad in the midst of stadium controversy, personnel turnover, and enough draft day speculation to fill out a mock draft 100 different ways.
It all began back on January 4, 2010, when New York ended their season on a sour note and set owner John Mara on a mission for change.
"This is probably as disappointed as I've ever been in my life at this team, given the expectations that we had this year, given the roster I thought we had, and given the way we started out, given the embarrassment of the last two weeks," Mara told the New York Post.
Within hours of Mara expressing his disgust and promise of change, Giants defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan was relieved of his duties after only one season. The former linebacker coordinator led the defense to one its worst showings in franchise history in which New York surrender over 30 points seven times during the 2009 season.
Running parallel to the Sheridan headlines was the curious case of Osi Umenyiora. The former Pro Bowl heir to Michael Strahan had fallen out of favor with his former coordinator, and possibly New York, in a rather short period of time.
It was no secret he and Sheridan had their differences throughout the season, but after an embarrassing 41-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Umenyiora revealed things were as bad as they could get, telling the Associated Press, "I thought I was the problem. It's an unbelievable situation, last game at Giants Stadium, probably as a Giant, just the way everything has unfolded has been unbelievable."
Obviously, Giants fans were stunned to learn their defensive gem was hinting he had seen his last days in New York; however with the departure of Sheridan, there was hope of rebuilding the stature of Umenyiora in New York.
With Sheridan gone, Umenyiora under a microscope, and Tom Coughlin entering the back-end of a four-year deal, rumors began to swirl around Bill Cowher and his possible future with the New York Giants.
According to former running back Jerome Bettis, Cowher was "holding out" for the New York Giants head coaching gig and had the "inside track" because of his relationship with the Mara family.
While there may have not been any solid evidence to justify the comments Bettis made, the story caught on like wildfire mainly because of the promise John Mara had made about change.
As the Cowher story lingered, New York was still pressed to find a replacement for Sheridan, and as the list of potential suitors grew, it only took one interview to find the next defensive coordinator.
Ten days after Sheridan was fired, Perry Fewell, a former defensive coordinator and interim head coach with the Buffalo Bills was hired.
"I have a lot of confidence in the staff that's presently here," Fewell told the New York Post. "Both secondary coaches have a Super Bowl ring. One guy has two Super Bowl rings. Our linebackers coach is well-known and is an excellent linebackers coach."
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