How the NY Giants won two Super Bowls, then became a total mess

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    When the NY Giants beat the Patriots for their second Super Bowl in five years, it felt like they were in a position to win in any situation. They weren't the best, but they knew when to turn it on. But before we knew it, everything fell apart. Plagued by injuries and salary cap hell, the Giants did all they could to stay afloat. They brought in some shiny new toys like Odell Beckham Jr., David Wilson and Landon Collins, in hopes of rejuvenating what was left of their Super Bowl core.
    When that didn't work, they jettisoned the last of the old and used free agency to bring in some fresh blood. It worked, but only for a season, and they soon returned to the decline that - at this moment - has no end in sight.
    Written and produced by Will Buikema
    Directed by Mike Imhoff
    Motion graphics by Philip Pasternak and Mike Das
    Shot and edited by Alex Hawley
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    1. SB Nation

      Hey hey hey hey thank you! We'll have another episode of Collapse next week, then more in April, so please keep your suggestions coming. They're awesome, y'all are awesome, hope you enjoy

      1. Dark Demonik

        Browns Collapse since coming into the NFL?

      2. John Nunziato

        Steelers are in the midst of a collapse as we speak

      3. MotleyStu10 88

        kodak hoodie Z.y Frc

      4. Isaac Bendayan

        Do a collapse about the dolphins

      5. Nicholas Wynn

        Collapse of the Baltimore Orioles

    2. Davon Gordon-White

      This has to be updated we get this clown David Gettleman who let Landon Collins walk and sign with the Redskin then we trade Odell to the Damn Brown's and the rumors are that they will draft a defense player as opposed to a Quarter back.

    3. NoctemAeternusMusic

      Coughlin takes too much blame when it was the GM that dismantled that team.

    4. R. William Comm

      Giants are a classy team but ‘07 Giants at 10-6 regular season got very lucky on Favre interception to go play undefeated Pats & ‘11 Giants were 9-7 in the regular season. Both Super Bowls were great accomplishments but Giants never really reigned as champions. Feel good story that died but never a truly great team since Parcells left. Not a Pats fan but they’ve beat my team too many times & are the only real dynasty in NFL since 92-95 Cowboys & have wrecked the NFL for nearly 20 years.

    5. Fod Woggler

      Professional Football's Sentient Derp

    6. Paul Nguyen

      This is why the Salary Cap and Free Agency were put into place; to prevent teams from easily forming dynasties. This is why the 49ers and Cowboys couldn't sustain their success. This goes to show that even though the Giants pieced it together, twice, to defeat the Patriots in the SB, the Patriots still come out with the last laugh. Since the 2011 SB loss, the Patriots have won 3x SBs and they've done it while managing their salary cap, losing key players, but replacing them with effective veterans and/or rookies. For the past 18 years, the Patriots have maintained their level of success and status as a dynasty, simply because they refuse to overpay. Even this off-season, most people were upset that they let Trey Flowers walk. But then they replaced him with someone else and will go on to win another 10+ games this season, go to the playoffs, more than likely get a first-round bye, and go from there. And the Patriots are also winning with undrafted players, late round picks, and "washed up" veterans

    7. orangeapples

      What is going on? I don’t care about pro sports but I have been on your channel for 2 hours. I never knew the games came with so much off the field drama. Holy crap.

    8. Duck Hunt

      if they have all of the best players the giants would become dynasty

    9. Connor Akers

      Do a Collapse on the 05 White Sox

    10. M Wright

      Do one on the packers

    11. Nurse08

      As much as it will pain me since they're my guys how about the 49ers post Harbaugh. 😭😭

      1. rikki evans

        Nurse08 I’m a Hawks fan and I want to see that, mainly because the Hawks-49ers rivalry was great and I believe could have been a great one for a while before Harbaugh left

    12. teto85

      The Giants had, and still have, crappy management. The best team on the field will win, but if it is crippled by bad management, it won't go anywhere. And Coughlin is now back with the Jags crying over players not attending OPTIONAL workouts. Why do loser coaches and executives keep getting recycled by the NFL?

    13. Diego Lofranco

      LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers (both stints) or 2013-2015 Indiana Pacers next?

    14. J. Rhodan

      Should’ve been called “How Eli survived the collapse” 😂

    15. Danimal The Animal

      Sacramento Kings collapse: from being an elite team in the early 2000s to a decade long rebiuld.

    16. Shiela Ingram

      As a Giants fan this makes me so sad

    17. TribeVegas100

      Damn this was insightful. Despite being an Eagles, I remember routing for the Giants in those Superbowls. I definitely like seeing them win. Now, as for the Cowhoes....

    18. Dark Demonik

      Answer- Jerry Reese got exposed that's what happened every Giants fan knows this

    19. Dee Eagle

      you even missed david wilson having to retire due to spinal stenosis and of course reese doing some absolutely woeful drafting

    20. O O

      If the NFL got rid of single elimination in the playoffs, the Pats would win the Super Bowl every year

      1. ZhangK71

        O O 2007 Patriots almost for sure. 2001 Patriots? Not so sure about that one. Also doubt it for the 2018 Patriots.

    21. Erik Hopkins

      Leave it to New York to BEAT Boston!

    22. JamesEarlMoans

      Jerry Reese nickel and dimed the offensive line and couldn't hit a good linebacker in the draft with a two by four. Then got scared off drafting Laremy Tunsil for Eli Apple who couldn't handle playing in New York. It is indeed a mess.

    23. Max Kellerman

      If you're a Giants WR and have a big game or memorable play against the Cowboys, you'll get a huge payday lol. Regardless how much you get injured

    24. Jake

      ANSWER: Jerry reese and Marc ross

    25. AnuTime19

      @SB nation it’s hilarious how you failed to mention Elisha Pay as a hamper let alone his horrible play as well! Eli Manning based on NFL contracts alone will be paid the most money ever over his career. Stats wise he rarely was Elite and he was never the reason we won any of our two super bowls he played well enough to not lose while making one of the greatest catch as his only really contribution in super bowl play. His pay and lack of carry hampered the Giants big time as well.

    26. Brian R

      Can you do a collapse on my Favorite baseball team the Oakland A's when they blew a 2 to 0 lead vs the NY Yankees in the 2001 MLB playoffs?

    27. S4ck Lunch

      Anybody here when obj is on the browns

    28. Feddy von Wigglestein

      "The *other* Steve Smith" AHAHHA, love it. That guy had one year where he looked like an elite WR, then fell off the frigging face of the earth.

    29. Feddy von Wigglestein

      Reese precipitated the collapse..Gettleman decided "I like collapsing", and traded Beckham.

    30. Ben Luza

      Honestly the best sports chanel on YT. No dumbass top ten lists.

    31. LTirishkeg

      You should do one of these with the patriots over the last 20 years. Oh wait it blows your thesis out of the water. To Bad.

    32. G Ski

      A well done and accurate video on my GIANTS... One thing that the makers of this video forgot to mention was that the Giants first round pick in the 2012 draft (three months after the 2nd SB win over the Pats) running back David Wilson was forced to retire during training camp 2014... Cause was Spinal Stenosis... He had an excellent rookie season but only played in 5 games in 2013 and was diagnosed following week 5... This set the Giants back at least five years...

    33. Aaron Bradley

      Anyone who thinks he'll I deserved that first MVP of the Super Bowl is mentally retarded. I grew up an Eagles fan. And I moved to Boston and the winter of 2000 so I was there for Brady beginning and at that time Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb we're running Philadelphia and I hate both of them. So I became a Patriots fan. Now when the fat man and that bum McNabb were out you know I I I no cared about the Eagles again but I mean the Patriots fan first and an Eagles fan second even though when they met in the Super Bowl the second time I mean the first time was easy I cheer for the Patriots cuz f*** Donovan McNabb and f*** Andy Reid. Even though doing that are I still kinds of you know the Eagles were my second team because Brian Dawkins Brian Westbrook Jimmie Johnson and his defense but still first Super Bowl was Patriots all the way in the second Super Bowl I had to go with the Eagles and cuz they had they had no Super Bowl wins so that all worked out but I never got over that first Patriots lost in the Super Bowl I mean I'm not going to be like the Raiders and cry that there was four holding penalties on the helmet catch two of them blatant should have been called because it seem like somebody sold their soul because let's not forget about Asante Samuel's drop of an interception right in his hand everything was just going against them but hating the Giants more than anything cuz of their rivalry with the Eagles and then them spoiling the perfect season that was God awful. But I made sure I kissed votes for the MVP for Justin Tuck just in case they won because he deserve that mvp

    34. Kana'i Fisher

      Green Bay packers collapse?

    35. PElliTVEE

      Love this channel!!!

    36. Tyler Simms

      The one criticism I have of this episode is how recent it is. I remember all this stuff with the Giants try going back to stuff in the 80s and 90s. Here's one the Niners collapse in the early 2000s

    37. iRanger722

      Do the Islanders after 1984

    38. Tim Folliard'

      Do the Chicago Bears after the 2006 Super Bowl

    39. Branden Tillis

      Hmmm. This team has so many different oppurtunities for SB Nation to create content. Too many

    40. Food Wizard

      Collapse of the Sabres after Hasek left

    41. jarredcmartin

      This mess can not end until Eli is out of NY.

    42. Kenny Cai

      "True" Pats fan: That's what they deserve for ruining our PERFECT season! Suck it, Giants! You deserve this s**tshow for taking away what's rightfully ours! Normal Pats fan: Meh, it just wasn't meant to be. I'll sit back and enjoy the Lombardis with my fellow fans. Which Pats fan are you?

    43. NeverSaySandwich1

      Eli Manning is such a dope

    44. NothingToPointOut24

      That Giants team in 2011 was probably the worst team to ever win a Superbowl. They just played in an awful division and went on an insane run at the best possible time. Not to mention got pretty lucky in having to play the title game in San Fran opposed to New Orleans, where they probably would've lost by 3 scores. In retrospect, that 6 game run has given Eli Manning (a quality but mostly average QB) the opportunity to write his ticket and run the Giants franchise into the ground. If they did the smart thing like what the Ravens did with Flacco, the Giants might've already had a young QB to go with OBJ and possibly even still been able to draft Barkley. Instead they chose their aging QB over their diva but talented WR, and are likely to waste the prime years of Barkley. 2 titles are awesome. Lots of fanbases would take that. But the last 5 years were awful and the next 5 might not be much better.

    45. fulaan1

      Time for the G men to move on from Eli Manning

    46. JimmyRose1

      There two Super Bowl wins were flukes. First time they won on a wild card and the second time they won going 9-7. Every other time Eli went to the playoffs, outside his superbowl winning seasons, he went one-and-done. Like Flacco, he caught fire at the right time.

    47. john bush

      The fix was in hard on both of these Superbowl , the second one was beyond blatant given the bullshit intentional grounding/safety call on the Patriots first drive where tom Brady's pass not only passed the line of scrimmage but hit wide reciever deion branch in the leg, dually making this pass a regular incompletion that should not have been called any kind of penalty

    48. Brandon Giordano

      As a giants fan I think we were too sentimental when it came to moving on from those teams who took us there. They also neglected key areas in favor of big names. Where were the Chris Snee's? The David Diehl's?

    49. AllseeingI Lurch

      I'ma die hard giant fan but time for Eli to go an a new O line

    50. kingwleung

      We are extremely lucky to have won those 2 Super Bowls! Why is this considered collapse? Come on! We should call it the biggest steals!

    51. Dellerly

      I believe a 2005 White Sox edition is inevitable

    52. K Mula

      This was such a good video and as a die hard Giants fan 💔💔💔

    53. Rudie Obias

      New York, but really New Jersey

    54. Patrick Selix

      You have to do one on the Detroit Tigers. 2 World Series Trips, Verlander Cy Youngs, Cabrera Triple Crown, Scherzer as 2nd Up, and STILL NO CHAMPIONSHIPS

    55. Green

      Eagles have the best roster in the league, change my mind

    56. Rupinder Singh

      Perfect how both of my teams are two of the first episodes in this new collapse series lol

    57. wompbag doodle

      Unfortunatly Nicks and Cruz had devastating injuries and were never the same, in the 2011 season for the majority it was the passing game and JPP on defense the Giants got healthy and hot at the right time, Giants oline was old in 2011 and Reese didnt draft any lineman, Tuck and Osi were old and Reese didnt get anyone to take pressure off JPP as a matter of fact I remember I wanted the Giants to get a pass rusher in the 1st round of the 2012 draft and people thought I was crazy instead they took David Wilson who was flashy but couldn't block or hold onto a football. The 2012 team actually went 10-6 btw. Giants ownership threw Coughlin under the bus, it should have been a complete rebuild. Reese never addressed the Oline ever.

    58. DestinyZX1

      Do one on the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals

    59. Joshua

      Simply put: the New York Football Giants are a franchise that doesn’t know how to deal with long term success because it’s not ingrained in their culture unlike the Steelers of the 70’s Niners of the 80’s and the 21st century Patriots.

    60. Nate DeJesus

      And then they traded Odell.

    61. Evan Friend

      And now they're probably gonna do something stupid like waste the number six overall pick on a mediocre quarterback.

    62. Lancaster Responding

      I gotta feeling that the Phils are gonna be the subject of one of theses.

    63. Red Legion


      1. FireBlaze 23

        What's with the excessive caps. Yessh, talk about salty. I'm not even a Giants or Cowboys fan.

    64. mark perez

      Eli Manning will always hold a special place in my heart

    65. Dewitt McDidditt

      That Giants injury Train in 2013 is almost as bad as the Redskins injury Train this last season. Lol

    66. dannyrivera8300

      Forgot to mention that Odell Beckham Jr Was traded to the browns

    67. Kevin Kelly

      The Manning Brothers are my heroes! They were Krytonite to Tom Terrific

    68. PopularNobody


    69. Lewis Stark

      I really like ur mini documentaries bro u know ur sports and the way u present them are dope I really like the NJ Nets Collapse well I hated the actual collapse bc I’m a jersey native but u get the point lol keep up the good work bro

    70. Bryan

      I really like the content of this series, but the presenters are so monotone and disinterested, it makes the stories difficult to enjoy.

    71. calli emma


    72. calli emma

      I’m sad now

    73. Richard McGee

      Please do the Ottawa Senators collapse!

    74. Ultra Sans

      My poor Giants...

    75. Paul Nunno

      SBNATION Can you guys do a collapse on the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers?

    76. Kelbey B

      Do the 2011-present Vancouver Canucks.

    77. Thomas H.L.

      2 super bowls in 4 years. Went 12-4 the year after the first, then 8-8, then 10-6, then 9-7 winning super bowl. Thats just the successful time frame of a NFL team. Really pushing for that content...

    78. Alfonso Fernandez

      Sad Fonz

    79. shadytnu24

      Again, '51 Dodgers or '64 Phillies

    80. Georgie Is MGTOW

      Bring Jon back 😩

    81. SteveGamesFTW

      Where's the part where OBJ goes to Cleveland

    82. Adam Teyf

      you guys should do one for the Oklahoma City Thunder. I know they haven't like "fully collapsed" yet, but after losing to lebron in the finals, it really seemed like they were set to win for a long time, and it just hasn't been that way.

    83. Duh Wolf Is My Bytch

      NFC east 3 New England 0

    84. Basant Gaur

      The Giants issues all back into the roots, John Mara is at full fault for this team falling apart.

    85. Omegathecleaner14

      U should do one on the Seahawks legion of boom era how thy fell apart

    86. Titus Willis

      University of Tennessee football from 2003ish to today would be a good one. Lots of disappointing seasons, angry fans, and failed head coaches in there

    87. James Matthews

      2:02 booger in his nose. Unfortunate 📷

    88. Logan Schmaus

      Kind of unfortunate that you didnt bring up the fact that David Wilson was the reason they let go bradshaw and how his career was abruptly cut short due to concussions

    89. Jeremy Thompson

      New englands Fake Legacy

    90. Swelihle Mangwe

      I think a Collapse episode on Arsenal & Arsene Wenger would be dope. 🔥🔥🔥🔥

    91. Kyle Patrick Hall

      As a white Sox fan a good one would be the White Sox after their 05 championship

    92. Ishaan Panigrahi

      ITS JUST THE O_LINE And the trash defense

    93. KP Watershed

      tl;dr: before drafting OBJ, the NYG were already in free-fall due to bad drafts and bad free agent signings by Jerry Reese, and then with an aging QB, a diva WR, and a buffoon rookie HC they quickly morphed into a complete circus

    94. Ty Calvert

      The Suns of the mid-2000s are perfect for this.

      1. Ty Calvert

        +Asmosis Jones They had a back to back mvp and never even reached the finals. I think that's pretty interesting.

      2. Asmosis Jones

        not really..they had dantoni gentry nash amare marion shaq joe kerr and then lost them all gradually between is what it is....

    95. Koren J

      A collapse of a New York team! Maybe you could make one about the Mets, or the jets, or the knicks, or the rangers, or the islanders...

      1. Asmosis Jones

        not yanks?...

    96. Elii Moncivais

      Honestly I’m pretty sure it’s the coach that’s making this team a bust they may need one

    97. Brandon Gaines

      Now, do the Ottawa Senators over the last 3 years.

    98. King Makaveli

      Do the Seattle Seahawks

    99. Eros Gonzalez

      Chris Webber Jalen Rose beef history

    100. Veritas Invictus

      There are teams that would love to have 4 Super bowls.