Jerry Reese backs off on playoff prediction

Don’t print the playoff tickets just yet.

Last week, Giants GM Jerry Reese said in a press conference that the Giants will make the playoffs this year and will make a run at the Super Bowl.

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Tuesday, on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 1050, Reese backed down a bit from his declaration that the Giants would reach the postseason for the first time in three years.

“First of all, I never said guarantee and I never said promise, that’s the way they spin it in this neighborhood,” Reese told Kay. “I was giving our team a vote of confidence that I have in them. I said, last year if we had made some plays down the stretch here and there we would have been in the playoffs and this time we’ll make the plays. We will get in the playoffs. We’ll make a run. I’m giving my team a vote of confidence. I never said promise, I never said guarantee, but when you read the paper, Jerry Reese said guarantee, so that’s what you get around here.”

Among the other topics broached on the interview included the Giants' failure to sign Kevin Boss, Steve Smith and Plaxico Burress, the Osi Umenyiora saga, how the Giants have so little cap space, who can emerge as the No. 3 wide receiver and Eli Manning as he tries to rebound from a 25-interception season.