Giants Must Embrace True Meaning Of Rebuild

That escalated quickly.

What wasn’t a rebuild on Tuesday afternoon became, just hours later, the very definition of a rebuild.

The New York Giants traded away former first round pick Eli Apple for multiple draft picks on Tuesday, a move that head coach Pat Shurmur, at the time, said didn’t indicate a firesale for his 1-6 team.

Then news leaked out on Wednesday morning that nose tackle Damon Harrison was being sent to the Detroit Lions and suddenly, what wasn’t a full-fledged rebuild, suddenly is. It can’t be a half-effort rebuild though. It now has to be the rebuild that Giants have needed. It needs to be the rebuild the Giants should have gotten two offseasons ago and again in this past offseason.

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Two years ago, the Giants entered into free agency with a huge war chest and they threw money at the likes of Harrison as well as cornerback Janoris Jenkins and edge rusher Olivier Vernon. It was a Band-Aid approach by the previous regime as they threw money at the issue rather than execute a full rebuild of the team that integrated the NFL Draft and the building of depth. Draft picks were needed for an aging group. A quarterback should have been taken at some point who could do more than carry a clipboard. The Giants needed to begin building something rather than playing catch-up. Maybe this time around they’ll do just that. Maybe under Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman, the Giants will finally go all-in on a true rebuild from top to bottom.

Coach Shurmur addresses the media about missed opportunities after the Monday night loss against the Falcons.

The trade of a first-round pick in Apple, who was unsettled last year in what was a very unsettling year for the franchise, signaled that the Giants were open for business. The idea coming into this season was that, after having the most losses ever in franchise history in 2017, that the Giants weren’t actually far away from being able to compete. They made moves this offseason that indicated that hope, making veteran left tackle Nate Solder for instance, the highest paid player at his position during free agency.

Those types of moves show a team that was ready to win a few games and compete now. As 1-6 shows, that clearly isn’t the case.

This latest loss at the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night shifted that philosophy of a quick-term fix for the Giants. Even if the talent was there for this team, the Giants simply can’t compete for the postseason this year given that they are five games under .500 as the NFL season enters Week 8.

Harrison, arguably the best interior defensive linemen in the league, goes to the Lions for a fifth-round pick. Apple netted multiple picks. These two players likely won’t be the first or the last Giants players to entertain strong interest on the open market. And now, it seems that this team is open to doing business and getting this much-needed rebuild fully underway.

On Tuesday, Shurmur said the trade of Apple was part of doing business in the NFL. Maybe that’s true. But if Shurmur and Gettleman want to make sure that they don’t have a going out of business sale in the near future, then they need to embrace this rebuild fully and not halfheartedly.

“Trades happen, and we feel like maybe the answer is on our roster, and we’re going to let the guys that are here compete, and do what they can do to help us win a football game. Again, it’s an easy comparison because Eli (Apple) was hurt. I just mentioned that,” Shurmur said.

“Eli was hurt in the game that we won. Locker rooms have a way of moving past all this. Locker rooms have a way getting themselves right, and putting the next player in there, and you go out and play. I think that’s the view we as coaches and players take.”

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