Giants co-owner John Mara has heard all the criticism toward his team this offseason, but he is not entertaining any of it.
In his first comments since the NFL Draft, Mara, who was in Florida for owners meetings on Tuesday, said he likes where his team is headed despite the frustrations the fan base may hold.
"Absolutely, I think we're moving in the right direction," he told Bob Glauber of Newsday. "I certainly don't think we're a finished product yet, but I am happy with the direction of the team, contrary to popular opinion."
Popular opinion is that the Giants are not headed in the right direction after a series of questionable decisions this offseason.
Among those decisions that have received harsh feedback, which ranged from fans, media to even other NFL execs, include letting Landon Collins walk and join a division rival, trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, drafting Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the No. 6 pick overall and bringing Eli Manning back for another season at age 38.
"Nobody likes to hear that stuff, but none of the criticism means anything, just like none of the praise means anything until you start playing," he said. "So, let's just see what happens."
The Giants are in dire need of turning their franchise around. They have won a total of eight games over the last two seasons combined and have just one winning season -- in 2016 -- since they won the Super Bowl in 2011.
"It's not my first dance," Mara said. "We've been through this before, but I do feel like we're moving in the right direction. I thought we had a really good draft. We had a really good draft a year ago. I'm pleased with the direction we're going. I understand that a lot of people in the media and our fans don't necessarily agree, but time will tell."
Much of what will decide if the Giants are indeed moving in the right direction will be how well their franchise-quarterback-in-waiting can play in the NFL.
Selecting Jones sixth overall may have been the Giants' most polarizing decision over the offseason, but Mara is optimistic about Jones' future.
"So far, so good," he said. "We're very pleased with him so far. He's in short on the rpactice field, he's got a nice arm and a great demeanor. But we're [only] into May."