Victor Cruz has weighed in on the brutal finish to the Giants’ season that noticed the group clear home of GM Dave Gettleman and coach Joe Judge.
Cruz spoke to The Post on behalf of the quick meals chain Krystal, which he’s partnering with on opening a franchise in his native Paterson, NJ. He mentioned the embarrassing white flag of a quarterback sneak name with purpose line personnel, whether or not Daniel Jones is the quarterback of the longer term and extra.
“It was probably the most bizarre [play I’ve seen],” Cruz stated. “As a participant, if I’m on that group, it felt like we’ve given up. Like, we’re simply making an attempt to get by these previous few video games unscathed, comparatively wholesome, we’re simply nervous about getting off the sector.
Victor Cruz offered a postmortem on the brutal Giants season.Getty Images
“I would feel terrible about that as a player. I want to compete. I’m a competitor. Most football guys are. You want to compete for your team no matter what the score is, no matter your record. You want to go out there and prove that you belong in this league. Not just for you, but for the other 31 teams in the league too.”
Cruz, 35, performed extensive receiver for the Giants from 2010 to 2016. He caught a landing within the group’s 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl 46, and made one Pro Bowl.
Victor Cruz hoists the Lombardi Trophy after the Giants received Super Bowl 46.Getty Images
The former wideout was noncommittal as as to if Jones is the long-term reply at quarterback.
“It’s tough for me — I understand he’s been there X amount of years and we’ve seen a healthy dose of him. But I don’t know if we’ve seen a healthy enough dose with a good offensive line yet. The O-line hasn’t been a unified front for quite some time,” Cruz stated.
“I think they need to get back to a [strong offensive line] to see what they’ve got in Jones. I think they know what they have from a skillset perspective, but in terms of that winnability factor. There’s still some question marks there and I think they’re gonna give him one more year to figure it out.”
Victor Cruz at an occasion in OctoberGetty Images
While many Giants observers have been perplexed about why Dave Gettleman was given the chance to “retire” gracefully whereas Judge was relieved of his duties, Cruz felt the excellence didn’t matter as a result of the tip result’s that they’re each gone.
“The wording of it is always tricky,” Cruz stated. “Obviously we don’t know what transpired behind closed doorways. Although Dave Gettleman retired, retirement is a phrase you should use and never say fired.
“They both ultimately got the same accord — whether you retired or got fired, it’s the same thing. The wording is just New York City. They’re always gonna fine-tune it, use their little white glove and see what word they use.”
Cruz believed parting methods with Judge was the right determination by the group.
“At the end of the day, the Giants cleaned house, and they needed to — not because Joe Judge was a bad coach. I think he had his moments where he did good. But it’s all about what taste you leave in the mouths of Giants fans at the end of the year. Yes, they weren’t good. But was there a bright spot at the close to make you feel good? Their last play of the season was an interception on 3rd and 22.”
Victor Cruz recommended Louis Riddick as subsequent GM of the Giants.Getty Images
Asked about whom the Giants ought to rent as their subsequent coach, Cruz recommended ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (who at the very least as of but has not been talked about in any stories as a candidate) for the final supervisor place.
“I think he understands the culture of the NFL right now,” Cruz stated. “He understands the game. He’s seen a lot of football. He worked in a front office in the past. I think he would embody the New York atmosphere. I think he understands how to handle it. And I think he’s a respected football mind that would be able to bring some talent in there.”