John Mara learned his lesson.
Despite signing off on a rare offseason overhaul of the Giants -- one that featured wholesale changes in the offensive coaching staff for the first time in a decade, the addition of new personnel and the departure of several prominent players from the two most recent Super Bowl-winning teams -- the Giants' co-owner said he would not offer any predictions about the upcoming season.
"I was the same idiot who said last year it was the best team we'd had in years," Mara said Thursday, "and look what happened."
A 7-9 season that sparked a bloodletting, that's what. Now, with the offseason about to end and the Giants players ready to report for training camp on Monday, Mara is espousing more curiosity than confidence in the new-look team.
"[The fans] do deserve better and we did our best in this offseason," Mara said. "Now it's just a question of doing it on the field."
Among the most significant changes that the Giants hope soon will be referred to as "upgrades" are the addition of new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, fresh blood on the offensive line and two cornerbacks who helped get their teams to last year's Super Bowl.
Mara, who in late December famously called the Giants' offense "broken," said he has been impressed by McAdoo.
"I like what I've seen so far, but he hasn't called a play in a game yet," he said. "[The new offense] looks great on the practice field."
He also said he is looking forward to seeing the new offensive line when it makes its preseason debut in the Hall of Fame Game in just over two weeks.
As for the defensive backfield, which added cornerbacks Walter Thurmond from the Seahawks and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie from the Broncos through free agency, Mara said it is "a stronger secondary than we've ever had before."
Of course, all eyes -- including Mara's -- will be on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
"We obviously need to play better on offense," he said. "Last year was not a good year."
Even an idiot could recognize that.
Notes & quotes: Mara presented a $250,000 check to the Meadowlands YMCA to build the Mara Family Day Care Center in East Rutherford. The donation was part of nearly $13 million generated by last year's Super Bowl Host Committee's Snowflake Foundation . . . Running back David Wilson will have his surgically repaired neck re-evaluated Monday and the Giants are optimistic he will be cleared to participate in training camp. "We expect him to be playing," Mara said. "All signs are he'll be ready to go."