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Giants' fan confidence waning with each passing loss

New York Giants fans are among the most loyal and passionate in the NFL. They are also among the most level-headed and patient. They have supported the team throughout history, even during the “wilderness” years of the 1960s and 1970s, when the team was so bad the fans revolted forcing changes in the organization.

The Giants are now in a period of losing, a downturn that has seen them lose 29 of their last 39 games compile a record of 40-63 since the beginning of the 2013 season.

Well, the fans aren’t happy again. I took a quick poll of my twitter readers and the results are pretty much how you’d expect:

9% said they were ‘pleased’ with the direction the team was headed. 43% said they were ‘somewhat confident’ while 48% claimed they were ‘not confident at all.’

Will they revolt? Probably not since this is a different age in the NFL. Back in the 60s and 70s there was no free agency and no salary cap — if you were a bad team, you stayed bad for a while and hoped that you got lucky in the draft.

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for teams to go from the basement to the penthouse overnight. There is not only the draft, but a salary cap and free agency to provide parity and give each team a fighting chance. There is also a balanced schedule to help give losing teams a leg up.

What is uncommon however, is bad teams staying bad. The normal cycle of futility lasts around three seasons. Teams usually can get things turned around in a hurry. That is why the NFL is so popular. Any team can rise up and shine at any time.

So, with the Giants embarking on their sixth losing season in the last seven years, they are bucking the trend. They should have been out of the rut a few years ago, and they were, going 11-5 in 2016 but then slid back down into the cellar.

This time they’ve really hit rock bottom and it looks like they’re not heading back up the standings anytime soon.

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