-never had an elite full season(still hasn't had one) to that point
-led giants to missing 2 straight postseasons
-hadn't won a playoff game in 3 years
-only won playoff games in ONE season through 7 seasons as a starter
-was coming off TWENTY FIVE interceptions
There were questions about him all offseason, he and Coughlin were on the hot seat together. They weren't going to get rid of him(just as the Jets aren't getting rid of buttfumble) but he was put on notice.