The fan base of the New York Giants is obviously upset in the middle of October 2013.
Individuals among that group have every right to feel frustrated. This is the worst the Giants have been in literally decades, and no savior or quick fix is coming. That New York needs to blow up at least part of the current roster is undeniable. After all, you don't stick with a squad that is flirting with going at least half of a regular season without a single victory.
People thinking that team ownership needs to step back and completely start over, however, need to relax and remember just how good things have been for the franchise.
Those two recent Super Bowl titles didn't happen before the turn of the century. They were won in the past six years. Eli Manning and company last hoisted the Lombardi Trophy in February of 2012. That's not even two whole calendar years ago.
Need some perspective on what that means? Fans of the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins have to hope to either catch a replay on TV or pop in a VHS tape to see evidence of their teams winning a championship. Followers of the Philadelphia Eagles can't even do that much.
Then there are your so-called crosstown rivals. The New York Jets are having what is, for this group, being reported as a successful season. They are 3-3. Yes, that's how much they have crashed since the Joe Namath guarantee that occurred before human beings had ever stepped foot on the moon.
Do you, a Giants fan, really think you have it bad? Try watching Cleveland professional sports on a yearly basis. The Browns last won a title 1964. Since returning to the NFL in 1999 following Art Modell moving the team to Baltimore, Cleveland has played in a single playoff game.
They lost that contest. In heartbreaking fashion. To the team's most-hated rival.
This is the NFL of the 21st century. Franchises go through these types of seasons from time to time. It wasn't that long ago that the Indianapolis Colts were the worst team in football. The Pittsburgh Steelers, perennial playoff contenders, are also lousy this year. Heck, the NFC East title could be won in 2013 by a 6-10 team at this rate.
I'm not suggesting that this New York roster is merely having a rough stretch. That obviously isn't the case. The offensive line of the Giants needs a complete overhaul minus Justin Pugh. Multiple new starting linebackers certainly wouldn't hurt. Neither would a shutdown corner that would help eliminate some of the pressure from a pass rush that isn't always going to be a record-breaking unit.
The idea that general manager Jerry Reese doesn't have the goods to rebuild this roster in but a few years is a reminder of how shortsighted sports fans, especially those in the New York area, can be. You may remember Mr. Reese. He helped command NFL Drafts that landed the Giants players such as Chris Snee, Justin Tuck, Corey Webster, Brandon Jacobs, Mathias Kiwanuka, Steve Smith, Aaron Ross, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw, Terrell Thomas, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Jason Pierre-Paul and Prince Amukamara.
My apologies. I forgot to add the name of a certain two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback in the list that's found at the end of the previous paragraph.
0-6 isn't fun. You don't have to tell me that. Here's what I recommend to every Giants fan demanding that sweeping changes come to the team's coaching staff and front office: Take several deep breaths, root for your beloved Big Blue on game days, remember those February wins over the New England Patriots, and give the architects of two Super Bowl runs more than a couple of offseasons to right the ship.
They have more than earned it.