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

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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. Ronnie Burgandy

        Do a Kobe and Shaq beef please if yaw haven't. God bless.

      2. Ronnie Burgandy

        Do a Kobe and Shaq beef please if yaw haven't yet.

      3. Zach Taylor

        It may be too early, but do one on the post manning broncos.

      4. Zeth Bell

        The Texas Rangers after our back to back World Series loses

      5. Ronald Ferguson

        SB Nation 2006 Miami heat

    2. Quiet Corner

      I think you need to do a future projection on how the Minnesota Vikings are going to squander the opportunity that they have now and turn back into garbage.

    3. Lorenzo Dawkins

      The boat incident was overblown and was NOT the reason they lost the game. Dislike button pressed

    4. Lorenzo Dawkins

      First one was a FLUKE

    5. V

      we need a collapse video on the championship team nba okc thunder could’ve been

    6. Benjamí Fresc

      That wasn’t cyp.... nvm it doesn’t matter

    7. ghostskiller 445767

      Damn this hit too hard

    8. Magikmike39

      Eli Manning: Most overrated quarterback ever to win 2 Super Bowls. Any GM would have gotten rid of Manning years ago. John Mara is an idiot stuck in the past. I don't know why he's got such a hard-on for Manning. What's worse is Dave Gettleman is an even bigger idiot. He traded the greatest receiver they've had in Odell Beckham Jr, a guy who's put up better numbers than Jerry Rice and Randy Moss in his first 5 years for a middling 1st round pick, a 3rd round pick, and Jabrill freakin' Peppers, and now they're stuck with $16 million in dead money thanks to arguably one of the worst sign-and-trades in NFL history.

    9. sevenrats

      Michael Strahan and JPP and a great game plan by Coughlin. That's how.

    10. warren lamar

      Love the detail you use. How come the Panthers are the most up and down team in the history of sports.

    11. Benny Wave

      Who cares. They still toppled the so called Greatest Team of All time not once but TWICE. No one will remember this collapse. People will only remember that Tom Brady could beat everybody else in a Super Bowl except the Giants.

    12. Quinten Palmer

      Do a video of the Texans. I think it would be interesting with jj watts story

    13. Messier90

      Someone recently asked me if I would have rather seen the Pats go 19-0 or see them win the 6 they currently have, and to be honest it's a tough call for me. That loss to the Giants in SB 42 was by far the worst loss i've ever experienced as a Boston fan, (before that it was the Sox losing to the Yankees in the '03 ALCS) but if I had to make a decision, I would pick 6 rings over 4 even if that means sacrificing a perfect season.

      1. Messier90

        Benny Wave 😭😂 I got no reason to complain but I still do lol

      2. Benny Wave

        Im glad it hurt 😂😂😂😂

    14. Arthur McKelvie

      It's been a rough few seasons

    15. Reno Gonzalez

      Proud to be a cowboys fan right now

    16. Buck Buck

      E A G L E S

    17. Steven Portillo

      Saquan Barkley to the rescue

    18. Dominique Brown

      We have 4 actually

    19. Ryan Casteel

      Two fluke victorys enough said giants have always been a mess in Eli era

    20. Arp Laszlo

      Nice video but how can you do this without mentioning Reese's poor drafting even once? That was the crux. He missed on lower round players every year. Those are the players that help fill out a roster. Those are the players you can develop so you can be choosy about which free agents to keep. Except for his first draft, where I believe that George Young was whispering in his ear, Reese's drafting blew chunks. If the cupboard hadn't been bare, his free agent spree in 2016 would have been unnecessary.

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    22. Martin Smith

      Coughlin was forced out (huge mistake). Eli Manning is the most overrated quarterback in NFL history. The guy is a turnover machine. The only thing that exceeded Odell's talent was his ego (he's your problem now Cleveland). The NFL draft proved that this franchise is still in the hands of idiots. I have absolutely no confidence in this team's immediate future. Players come and players go. In the NFL, it's all about the front office.

    23. Owen Marye

      Rob gettleman comes in and ruins it even more

    24. JaronZ

      2 Miracle catches and 1 drop by Welker, cost NE two more Super Bowls. Shame

    25. theone2225

      McAdoo and glad they're gone.

    26. Rizahri

      they were always a mess, they just got lucky

    27. Robert Geist

      Pls do the Phillies 2007-current. 2 World Series appearances, 102 wins in 2011 behind the 4 Aces, lost 88+ games for 5 seasons thereafter (90+ three times in a row). Ryne Sandberg's managerial debacle, Hamels' no hitter in 2015 prior to be traded at the deadline

    28. Nurse08

      In defense of benching Manning-he wasn’t getting it done. It may not work but they already weren’t going to make the playoffs so why not give someone else a shot?

    29. Matt Jahshua

      As an honest and true Giants fan, this hurts to see visualized. The Giants for the better part of the last 7 seasons have been a poorly run and injury plagued franchise. I’m not quite sure if Pat Shurmur and Gettleman are the remedy, in fact i’d bet against it. But hey, 0-16 or 16-0 i’ll always bleed blue.

      1. Sean C

        Mara was to patient with Reece

    30. Jd D

      Carlos Maza approves this video

    31. ocke94

      That first SB vs. the pats is such bs. But hey, it's football

    32. Isar Soussa

      stoppp :’(

    33. roknkawk

      We need a Drake curse breakdown

    34. Wen L.

      Just blame everything on Bieber :P Eli was hot for a while, but unlike Peyton, Eli is just not as strong a QB, when it comes to longevity. Eli's a 50m sprinter and Peyton runs marathons. Peyton can lead teams to the Super Bowl over a long period, make playoff contention, and still be relevant in a competitive division. I see Giants fans claiming Eli's one of the Greatest of All Time, he's good but compared to his brother he's not "great". The only reason why he's even in discussion is just because he was able to beat Tom Brady twice to hold down New England Patriots record. If you take that as a litmus test then Nick Foles should probably be considered 2nd Coming.

    35. w41duvernay

      And then one of their best players blew his hand up with fireworks. AND they drafted a 3rd round QB with a 1st round pick...LOL

    36. Pike Stance

      Collapse was inevitable when you have two back to back off- seasons with 20 players potentially being loss. The Giants played the short term gain gambit and they won 2 SBs. Many teams do that as well and fall short.

    37. Walter Godwill

      Odell wasn't great for us yeah a Few One hand catch but he wasn't a Team player

    38. Theroux

      Outside of those two seasons, the Giants have no playoff wins since losing the 2000 Super Bowl. They only had one playoff victory throughout the 90s as well. If you could ever compact as much success as possible into such a condensed period, this would be it. Eli still finna break the all-time career INT record?

    39. Darth Maul

      jew jork jiants

    40. William O'Toole

      as the Giants fan the begging is awesome (I live in new england) and this was painful to watch

    41. Alex Doty

      GO BOYZ ! ! !

    42. Alex Doty


    43. David Webster

      I really like the format of these videos...chart is a great visual.

    44. AJ Carroll

      And they are still collapsing... goodbye OBJ

    45. Geniusjdog Sports

      Do the braves collapse

    46. Rodney Jordan

      This one sucked... didn't take about the rise and fall and then rise again to later fall of the giants... throw the whole docu-mini away...

    47. Boromir Of Gondor

      Coughlin's Jaguars went to the AFC conference final in 2017-2018. How'd that one feel Giants?

    48. Boromir Of Gondor

      HEY HEY, do Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 getting swept by Columbus BJ after winning the president's trophy.

      1. Me Tube

        What are these words?

    49. iStolethisVideojustforYou

      Wish my old giants would be back :( coach Coughlin I miss you soooo much

    50. Norg1

      dang eli still with NY he a giant 44444 life !!!!!

    51. Evan Williams

      They were never able to replace Strahan and Co. Once they left, they sunk it all in offensive players and when they didn't produce they have been a mess since then. That's why you don't sink you eggs in one basket.

    52. Oscar Salazar

      Do the Lakers collapse

    53. Matthew Martinez

      Giants were ahead at the time they had Wrs everywhere for manning ran the ball when they needed to and had an insane 4 man pass rush. Kid of like how teams build today. It just caught up with them

    54. Unknown

      What is the name of the song that starts at 13:54

    55. man united fan

      You should do Manchester United collapse.

    56. Groundhog's Day

      Sports has ever seen. Man I hate those guys.

    57. Martin Ojeda

      Would like to see a video about the Eagles climbing up from the bottom to a Super Bowl Win 🏆

    58. Prez TV

      Do the Jets after 2010

    59. Cade Latham

      No other team will ever do what the patriots have done in the salary cap era

    60. Cairo Scientia

      Its unreal how the ownership, through all of the losses, have still stuck with Eli Manning.

      1. Leorick T.

        The mannings are part of the "good old boys" club

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    62. Toboloco

      Good video

    63. Douglas Jones

      They saved us from Brady having a 8 rings 😊 whew!

    64. nayr497

      Uh, Giants fan here. None of us thought they were going tp become a dynasty or sustain this. They had some good seasons, but these teams were not that awesome.

    65. josh

      And they still suck. Who's playing QB? Washed up Eli Manning.

    66. Taylor Bolshoi

      Yeah, but watch this rebuild that's happening right now. While I love and respect Eli, I think the team will be better off with Daniel Jones especially if management thinks Jones is ready to start. If we sadly witness Eli's departure after this season, the Giants are going to have a lot of free cap space. So next year, the Giants just have to sign Bobby Wagner to replace BJ Goodson. No biggie .... hahaha but in all honesty, I don't think the Seahawks can afford Wagner after paying Russell Wilson his extension. And in next year's draft, the Giants only have to get an elite--lengthy, 50/50, jumpball, redzone--type of receiver (Tee Higgins: Clemson, Laviska Shenault Jr.: Colorado, CeeDee Lamb: Oklahoma, Collin Johnson: Texas). They also need to draft an elite right tackle in next year's draft (Solomon Thomas: Georgia, Walker Little: Stanford, Mekhi Becton: Louisville). Basically, the defense is pretty set once they get Bobby Wagner to play ILB alongside Alec Ogletree. The secondary is absolutely gorgeous, the lineman are "hogmollies" and fierce (everybody thinks Dexter Lawrence is going to be playing nose tackle to help everyone else in getting to the QB, but honestly LOOK OUT for the sacks and the overall numbers he's gonna put up, playing the end in this "release the hounds"--styled defense), and the edge rushing unit is going to surprise you this year. Lorenzo Carter is going to improve as he continues to start games in his second year, Markus Golden will thrive after fitting perfectly back into James Bettcher's defensive scheme, and I expect Oshane Ximines (another athletic 3rd round edge rusher like Carter) to also excel with the Giants during his rookie season. These rushers are all relentless and skilled in terms of getting to the quarterback, and with the help of this reinforced and monstrous looking D-line, they're going to be successful at bringing down the quarterback this season. The offense will need to add more height and skill to the wide receiver position along with more depth on the offensive line. I still think the Giants should've drafted EDGE Josh Allen at 6, OT Andre Dillard at 17, and still CB Deandre Baker or DL Dexter Lawrence if available at 30, WR Hakeem Butler at 95, still DB Julian Love at 108, and the rest of the selections I would keep as well. Because I like next year's QB draft class a lot more than Daniel Jones. I still like Jones, and I think he fits perfectly with the Giants, but I think we're going to see more talented QBs next year in all honesty. Especially because I am convinced that Eli can play another year, or even two. Cut Kareem Martin and throw any free money at Bobby Wagner. Do whatever it takes to get the best talent in next year's draft who would become the next franchise quarterback, because the Giants would only need to add depth otherwise. And BOOM! That would've been a dynasty kind of team if they went that route....... Offense Starting Lineup: WR: Sterling Shepard, DARIUS SLAYTON Slot: GOLDEN TATE, Corey Coleman WR: HAKEEM BUTLER*, REGGIE WHITE JR. LT: Nate Soldier LG: Will Hernandez*, DRAFT C: Jon Halapio, Spencer Pulley RG: KEVIN ZEITLER*, DRAFT RT: ANDRE DILLARD*, Chad Wheeler TE: Evan Engram*, Rhett Ellison QB: DRAFT RB: Saquon Barkley* DT: BJ Hill, RJ McIntosh NT: Dalvin Tomlinson, DEXTER LAWRENCE DE: DEXTER LAWRENCE*, CHRIS SLAYTON EDGE: JOSH ALLEN* ILB: Alec Ogletree, RYAN CONNELLY ILB: BOBBY WAGNER* EDGE: Lorenzo Carter, DRAFT CB: Janoris Jenkins*, DRAFT SS: JABRILL PEPPERS* FS: ANTOINE BETHEA, JULIAN LOVE CB: JULIAN LOVE, Sam Beal NB: Grant Haley, COREY BALLENTINE ...... but one can only dream for perfection. STILL I believe the Giants will make a quick return to the winner's circle and possibly the podium if they get Wagner and work on the offense in the draft next year in the way I'm suggesting. You heard it here, first!

    67. Patrick Nasser

      More hockey beefs...Colorado vs Detroit video was great...Go Avalanche

    68. Patrick Nasser

      Atlanta Braves 90's disappointed

    69. Joshua Miranda

      The New York Giants: From Super Bowl to Derp Bowl

    70. Zachary Sturgeon

      This starts out saying the Patriots "might" be the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL. They are unequivocally the greatest dynasty in the history of sports in the history of the universe, writ large.