New York Giants radio play-by-play host Bob Papa gives his thoughts regarding the current state of the organization.
If there’s one man who knows the New York Giants inside and out, it’s Bob Papa. The current radio play-by-play host for Big Blue has been a part of the broadcast team since 1988. From horrible, disappointing seasons to Super Bowl-winning campaigns, Papa has seen it all.
That being said, there’s a ton of questions to be answered for the Giants as they head into 2019. The past two seasons have seen a combined record of 8-24, meaning improvement must be made.
Despite the on-field struggles for this team in both 2017 and 2018, Papa believes the men in charge have the organization on the right track.
“I think [Pat] Shurmur and [Dave] Gettleman have done a good job of bringing it back in,” Papa told Justin Terranova of the New York Post. “Now they have to win, though. They have to show significant improvement and get this team back to winning.”
There were definitely some culture-related issues regarding the Giants the past two years.
With much of team turning on former head coach Ben McAdoo (so it seemed), to the benching of Eli Manning in 2017, to numerous Odell Beckham Jr. incidents (despite many fans having his back). It’s safe to say it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows in the building for Big Blue.
However, Papa believes the overall vibe of the organization is changing for the better.
“[This team] has a different feel,” Papa stated. “That last year with [Ben] McAdoo was a mess with some veterans and some other guys. They want to build a team and team culture that can be successful. Immediately people will jump to the easy hot take of ‘Odell [Beckham] was the problem.’ I really don’t think that was the case. There were a bunch of other people in that locker room that needed to get moved out and they are trying to build a team personality they feel comfortable with.”
The New York Giants rookies report to training camp on July 22, with veterans reporting on July 24.