As if the Giants have enough problems already, a book authored by Tom Callahan with assistance from retired team general manager Ernie Accorsi and published by Crown Publishing titled, “The GM: The Inside Story of a Dream Job and the Nightmares That Go With It”, looks into the inner workings of the Giants front office and provides some surprising revelations, some of them not flattering at all. Some of the more interesting tidbits that are in the book:
- Just mere hours before a Giants-Cowboys game last December, then Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells, sitting in a car outside Giants Stadium, told the Giants that he was interested in the Giants’ soon-to-be-vacated general manager position. The Giants hired Jerry Reese as their GM later on.
- Before the 2002 draft, a team psychologist told Accorsi, “You can’t draft (Jeremy) Shockey.” Undeterred, Accorsi flew to Ada, OK, met with Shockey, looked into his background, and convinced the Giants to draft him anyway.
- Coughlin’s job interview in late 2003 got off to a rocky start when he made a 25-minute opening statement. “It annoyed me, turned me off,” Accorsi said. “‘When is this misery going to end?’ I thought. I was just about ready to scream ‘Enough already!’ when he finally stopped.”
- Despite publicly maintaining that he drafted quarterback Philip Rivers fourth overall in 2004 for the Giants and that he would’ve been content keeping Rivers if the big Eli Manning deal had fallen through, Accorsi said “I never considered (Rivers) for three seconds.”
- The Dallas Cowboys’ game-winning field goal drive in a 23-20 win over the Giants on December 3, 2006 was set up by a poor kickoff by placekicker Jay Feely. Before the kickoff, Feely didn’t like the ball he was given so he asked the men in charge of the balls – two long-time Giants employees – for a different one. They refused. “I couldn’t believe it,” Feely says. Accorsi fired them the next day.
If you like “expose” type books, then you will probably enjoy this one. Any book that has Accorsi’s input in it will probably make for an enjoyable read. I think it is a safe assumption that neither current Giants general manager Jerry Reese, current head coach Tom Coughlin, any of the surviving Maras, the Tischs or any of the other Giants’ brass currently in place will go out of their way to purchase a copy of this book. Don’t be surprised to see some flak over this book being published, with the possibility of lawsuits to follow.