Giants Mara says season was very disappointing

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2013 at 2:48 am •  Published: December 31, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — In the wake of another disappointing New York Giants season, co-owner John Mara wasn't so sure about his own job.

"Not according to my mother, it's not," the Giants president and chief executive officer quipped Monday in his first comments on the 7-9 season that left the team out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

A candid Mara confirmed the feeling that Giants' fans experienced this season and expressed his own frustrations.

"Obviously, this was a very disappointing season, as disappointing as any in my memory," he said addressing the media at Giants headquarters.

Mara spoke about the many shortcomings of the team, including the offensive line, but did not point the blame at coach Tom Coughlin, general manager Jerry Reese nor quarterback Eli Manning.

Coughlin was told Monday the team wants him back for an 11th season as head coach.

"In terms of other changes that may or may not be made, that will be discussed later in the week," Mara said. "I'd like to think that the fans know we're going to do whatever we have to do. Not necessarily the moves they want us to make. Nobody wants to win more than Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese, perhaps than myself. We're going to do what we have to do. We're going to do it in an intelligent fashion. Stability is important. There are times when changes have to be made. We'll do whatever we have to do to put a team on the field that our fans can be proud of."

Giants fans can be assured that Mara will be looking to improve the offense, especially the offensive line.

"I think our offense is broken," Mara said. "We need to improve on the offensive side. To me, that is the No. 1 personnel priority going into the offseason is we need improve the offensive line. My biggest concern coming into the year was if our offensive line could stay healthy. We were never able to protect Eli or get our ground game going well enough."

Mara said it was obvious Manning did not have a good season. The career-high 27 interceptions was evidence of that.

"With Eli, sometimes he tries to do too much," Mara said. "He competes so hard out there. We have all the confidence in him. He's still the face of the franchise and we need to help him. We need to give him some better tools and do a better job around him."

Mara admits he made mistakes in evaluating the team and during the draft.

"I was the same person who said in the preseason that this was as talented a team as we've had in years," Mara said. "I read some stories about our draft picks. We have missed on some guys and have had bad luck with some second or third-round picks. There were a few instances where we took a chance, knowing we were taking a chance, thinking we were going to hit it out of the park, and we missed.

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