New York Giants: Even co-owner John Mara is more excited about the 2021 season than normal

New York Giants, John Mara, Dave Gettleman
May 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants owner John Mara (left) and general manager Dave Gettleman on the field during rookie minicamp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on Friday. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SPORTS

With quarterback Daniel Jones’s rookie window offering an opportunity to spend in free agency, the New York Giants jumped at the chance this off-season.  Having spent upwards of $150 million on players like Kenny Golladay and Leonard Williams, kicking the majority of cap hits to 2022 and beyond, the Giants feel confident they upgraded the team sufficiently.

Even co-owner John Mara is confident his team will take a step forward this year. After giving the front office the green light to spend excessively, anything less than adequate would be a disappointment.

“I always look forward to it but maybe a little more so this year because of the prospect of having fans in the building again and because I think we greatly improved our team,” Mara told Steve Serby of the New York Post. “There’s always a certain amount of anticipation. I would say this year, I’m looking forward to it even more than I usually do.”

The team is preparing to gear up for a grueling summer full of progression and hard work with training camp starting on Tuesday. The Giants have one of the deepest teams they’ve had in years, bolstering the pass rush and wide receiver position, specifically this off-season. Even the secondary gained a few pieces, including Adoree’ Jackson and Aaron Robinson. But just because the unit has been upgraded doesn’t guarantee their success.

It is clear that Mara feels good about the personal decisions the team made this off-season, adding a few nice puzzle pieces to fit an otherwise incomplete board.

“I feel like we’ve got the right pieces in place, I feel like we’ve improved the team through free agency and the draft,” he said. “I’m very confident that we have the right coach in place, so I think we’re ready to start making a move, but until we start winning games, words are meaningless.”

Joe Judge has overhauled the locker room atmosphere and disciplinarian rules behind the scenes, demanding accountability and respect from his players/coaches. Everybody is on the same page; winning comes first, and if success is what the team desires, they are going to have to put the work in to achieve it.