Like most angry Giants fans, Michael Strahan isn't pleased with what he's seen on the pitch in recent seasons.
The defensive end of the Hall of Fame discussed the state of its previous franchise and told New York Times Magazine that the other side of the ball needed work while feeling good about the direction of the crime.
"I fight in defense because I sometimes watch and I ask," Wow, that's pretty bad, "said Strahan." We don't have a playmaker for defense per se, and that was a little daunting. Where's the guy who inspires everyone to play better? "
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Strahan helped the Giants beat the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bow XLII Super Bowl and led a defensive unit that included Osi Umenyiora, Antonio Pierce and Justin Tuck. There are a flock of young players on the current squad, and Strahan is excited to see who develops a voice in the locker room amid the gaps left by veterans Janoris Jenkins and Damon "Snacks" Harrison in the past two seasons.
"Regarding the front office, I don't know what your plan is. I mean we got rid of Jackrabbit [Jenkins], Snacks traded, got rid of Odell Beckham Jr. We got rid of a lot of people who had an opinion, but you have to have a soul in your team. I can't have nice boys and win. It doesn't work. We have to find a couple of dogs, ”said Strahan.
General manager Dave Gettleman gave priority to the locker room after the team collapsed under the regime of coaches Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese.
However, Strahan and Gettleman do not seem to agree on what constitutes a good team culture.
The Giants sold Beckham to the Browns last year, and Jenkins was cut short in December after calling a fan a social media "retard." He was later claimed by the saints. Harrison's leadership was interviewed while he was with the Giants.
With new coach Joe Judge at the helm, he and Strahan seem to be on the same page about the team's future tone.
"The only culture we will have in this building is a victorious culture," said Judge at his introductory press conference earlier this month, adding, "We'll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes."
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