80s Giants didn't put much stock in the WR position back in the BP era. smashmouth football via the run & punishing D was the Giants way of winning games back then. You can only do that now if you don't have selfish "me' players that only worry bout their personal stats & could care less if they win or lose.
I think DG is cleaning house of as many diva "me 1st" players as he can. All current & future Giants players have been put on notice that if the Giants will get rid of their best player of the past 5 yrs in OBJ, they'll get rid of any of em.
BP was a master of playing head games with individual players & how to get them pissed off enough to take it out on their opponent. After a game vs SF in which the O was held to 13 rushing yds, he nicknamed the OL "club 13" for the rest of the yr & once they played the 9ers again in the playoffs, OL proceeded to pummel them for over 200+ rushing yds in a route.
Nowadays if a HC rags on his OL, they'll go grab their blankets & binkies & sulk in the corner & demand a trade. BP wouldn't have put up with Flowers for more than half a season before benching him, 1st rounder be damned! You either did your job or he would bench your sorry ass! In today's game, way too many HCs lack the gonads to do that for fear of hurting the players little feelings.