The 2012 season was one to forget for the New York Giants.
The glory of winning the Super Bowl the previous season was quickly replaced by some mediocre play during the year. A strong defence of their title never really materialized.
On the face of it, finishing the campaign in second place in the NFC East, with the same 9-7 record that saw them win the division last year, wouldn't’t seem that bad. The Giants though require more. The baying New York sports fans and media need more.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin is nothing but meticulous in his approach. There was no immediate knee-jerk reaction to what was a weak season. Instead he and the front office have bided their time, and in the wake of the Super Bowl have made some notable waves.
Earlier this week they announced that linebacker Michael Boley would not be returning next year. He had been with the G-Men since 2009 and was an integral part of their championship winning defence. He started last season strongly having an interception in each of the first three games, but then his performances, much like the Giants, tailed off as the season went on.
Then on the back of this they followed it up by announcing two more veteran players were being released.
Chris Canty, the no-nonsense defensive tackle, was a real force since his free agency move from Dallas in 2009. He started all twenty of the Giants games in their 2011 Super Bowl year. However he missed most of last season with injury.
After six years Ahmad Bradshaw is no longer a New York Giant. The tough, bruising running back played 84 times and is seventh on the all-time Giants rushing list, also he ends up ninth in their touchdown list, having found the end zone 32 times on the ground.
It is clear then that Coach Coughlin is starting a phase of building a new, perhaps younger roster. Sensing maybe a power shift, with the rookie successes of the Washington Redskins, these moves seem essential. Of course, this does free up a decent amount of money in the salary cap. Something that will come in very handy with the draft coming up.