John Mara
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New York Giants co-owner John Mara believes Big Blue is currently “moving in the right direction” as an organization. 

If there’s one team in the NFL that fans believe is going on a downward spiral, it’s the New York Giants.

Thus far this offseason, the Giants have rid themselves of Pro Bowlers Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon. They also confirmed they’re sticking with quarterback Eli Manning for the 2019 season, however, drafted quarterback Daniel Jones No. 6 overall.

When people say the Giants don’t know where they’re headed, they definitely have certain facts to back it up. Co-owner John Mara isn’t one of those people.

Mara spoke with Bob Glauber of Newsday and discussed the direction the Giants are going in as an organization.

“Absolutely, I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Mara said. “I certainly don’t think we’re a finished product yet, but I am happy with the direction of the team, contrary to popular opinion.”

It’s a weird concept because it seems like the Giants are in win-now mode but looking towards the future at the same time. Going with Manning as their starting quarterback definitely means they want to win some games next season. Manning gives them the best chance to win football games right now. Yes, Jones is the guy for the future, but Manning has the experience, knowledge and tools to make all the right throws, even in what will be his 16th season.

However, the parting-ways with Beckham, Vernon, and Collins? Those are moves that are part of a pure rebuilding investment. As Collins stated in an interview with ESPN’s Sam Alipour this week, himself along with the others were let go or traded due to a wanted change in culture.

If a change in culture was needed, the future is definitely one of the top priorities for Big Blue.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.