Co-owner John Mara admitted Tuesday that his squad wasn't winning with those players, so a shakeup was necessary.
Time will tell whether the Giants made the right decisions, but Mara trusts general manager Dave Gettleman has the franchise pointed back in the right direction.
"I think the best thing for me about Dave is he makes decisions that he feels are in the best interest of the franchise," Mara said. "He doesn't give a damn what people think about it, be it media or be it fans or anybody. He has the courage of his convictions, and you have to have that. He set about to try to rebuild this team, change the culture in the locker room."
Mara admitted it could be a long rebuild, with needs remaining on both sides of the ball, but believes Gettleman and coach Pat Shurmur are the right men to lead the turnaround.
"I'm not satisfied with five wins," Mara said of the result of Gettleman and Shurmur's first season together, "but I think [they] have us headed in the right direction. We have a lot of confidence in them."
How long that confidence lasts will depend on how the season unfolds on the field after an offseason of drastic changes.