I'll tell who deserves more credit than he's gotten for what just happened to the New York Giants: Ernie Accorsi.
He was the general manager who engineered the 2004 draft-day trade that sent Eli Manning from San Diego to New York, a deal that was criticized after the Chargers went 14-2 in 2006 behind Philip Rivers and Shawne Merriman, two of the principals in that deal.
Another was kicker Nate Kaeding, and, like Rivers and Merriman, he was named to the AFC's Pro Bowl team.
But nearly eight years after the trade, look what's happened: The Giants have two Super Bowl victories, Manning has been named Super Bowl MVP twice and the Chargers have squat. They have one championship game appearance, and that was 2007, the same year that Eli and the Giants conquered New England in Super Bowl XLII.
Other than that, they're 3-4 in the playoffs on Rivers' watch, and I'm not blaming Rivers. The guy is a marvelous quarterback who, if life were fair, will make it to a Super Bowl some day.
In fact, a writer I trust told me he thought Rivers might have led New York to two Super Bowls, too, had he been there. Only he wasn't. So you go by what you know, and what I know is that Accorsi made the Giants what they are today.
Because he gave them their most important player -- Eli Manning -- and he hired Tom Coughlin, the coach who just delivered the team's second Super Bowl victory.
Accorsi left after the 2006 season, so he never gains the acclaim he deserves for making a tough call. Jerry Reese has been on the job since, and usually he's recognized -- as he should be -- for what happened with his team.
But he's not there without Manning, and he's not there without Coughlin. And none of them are there without Accorsi. Without him, the Giants aren't celebrating their second straight Super Bowl defeat of New England. Without him, they're not celebrating, period.
Time to give Accorsi a nod
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:52 pm