Michael Boley was on WFAN this morning to talk about being a former Giant, and he continued with the same tone that was expressed by other recently departed players who have seen their time with Big Blue cut short due to salary cap considerations.
Much like Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw, Boley was enthusiastic in his praise for what he called a “top-notch organization.”
“I very much enjoyed my time,” Boley said of his four years with the Giants. “Some of my best four years were with the Giants. They gave me a second chance, they gave me a shot to get a Super Bowl ring … They’ve definitely done well by me since I been here.”
On Tuesday, though, he was called while he was training in California and told he would no longer be with the team.
“I didn’t see it coming,” he said despite being marginalized as player in sub packages and special teams late in the season. “But after being in the league for a while I guess you can somewhat expect things like that, especially as you get older … They pretty much told me they decided to go in a different direction at that position.”
Boley said he understood the business side of the game and that the Giants had to make difficult decisions.
“They’ve got some guys coming up that they don’t want to be free agents, so they had to make some room,” Boley said. Some of those guys include Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Jason Pierre-Paul who will likely get long-term second contracts with the Giants in the next few years.
As for why the Giants’ defense finished 31st in the league this past season, Boley did not have a specific answer.
“A lot of different things,” he said. “I don’t even know where to start, but it definitely wasn’t just one thing that led to the poor play.”
Asked if defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was to blame, Boley hesitated and then said: “Um … I wouldn’t say that. I would say that ultimately it falls on the players. Coaches coach, players play.”
They play. At least until they are released.