It has not been a good week for wealthy old-money families who run iconic NFL franchises, for once.

First, Chicago Bears chairman George McCaskey failed to inspire any confidence in the fanbase while also letting people know his mommy, the team’s owner, was very disappointed. Now comes John Mara, the co-owner of the New York Giants, who stepped behind the podium on Wednesday to discuss the team’s decision to fire head coach Joe Judge and how he thinks the once-proud franchise can return to glory.

In discussing why and how he and the rest of team ownership decided to fire Judge, Mara made it sound as if the decision was way harder than a lot of pundits would have thought or expected given the lack of results and strange decision-making Judge have been exhibiting.

However, Mara said he remains convinced that Joe Judge can succeed as a head coach.

As far as why Giants fans should trust Mara to rebuild the franchise with a new GM and, eventually, fourth head coach in seven seasons? He’s actually not sure, to be honest.

As far as the GM position goes, Mara thinks it’s a very desirable one in the NFL and that many people have expressed interest in it.

While many have assumed that Dave Gettleman’s retirement was done as a de fact firing, Mara refuted that claim, saying it wouldn’t have made sense to fire him at that time, despite the fact that multiple other NFL franchises fired their GMs this past week.

Like with most franchises in the NFL, nepotism has been a charge levied at the Giants as Chris Mara (John’s brother) and Tim McDonnell (John’s nephew) have very high-up positions in the personnel department. And given how poorly the Giants seem to have been run, and how bad the coaching hires have gone in recent years, many wonder if the Maras really should be handling all of these things for the franchise or should move out of the way to more qualified people.

John refuted any concerns, saying that they are creations of the media and that he has faith in them to make good decisions.

If Mara was hoping to inspire confidence in the direction of the Giants, he certainly didn’t seem to do so based on the initial reasons on social media.

The Giants are a long way from their last Super Bowl victory in 2011. They haven’t won a playoff game in over a decade. They haven’t had a winning season since 2016. And they haven’t won more than six games in a season since then either. The franchise has hit a rock bottom and it’s going to take a lot of effort and smarts to get it back to where it used to be. NFL fans and media members remain very skeptical of John Mara and his family’s ability to get that done.


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