The Giants, at 0-4, are staring at the prospect of their fourth-straight losing season and seventh in the last eight years. They are 12-40 over the last three-plus seasons and, according to one of their former stars, without an identity.
Osi Umenyiora, who played with Big Blue from 2003 to 2012 -- a stretch that included two Super Bowl championships -- said he now views the Giants the same way he looks at America.
“I look at the Giants I think the same way I look at America. … I think I look at the Giants with a lot of fond memories, but then I’m like what the hell happened?” Umenyiora told Peter Botte of the New York Post. “It’s some absolute craziness going on there right now.
The craziness Umenyiora is alluding to is due in large part to GM Dave Gettleman, whose trades have largely backfired and whose efforts to fix the offensive line have so far not worked.
But Gettleman isn't totally to blame. The team he inherited from Jerry Reese had already started to crumble.
“To think that in the past eight seasons, they have had one winning record, I think. It just doesn’t make any sense for a team with that kind of pride and with that kind of history," Umenyiora told Botte. "And with what we had done the eight years prior to that. It’s really unfortunate, man. But in some form or fashion they have almost lost their way. They have lost their identity. Like, what is the New York Giants’ identity right now? I couldn’t even tell you what it is.”