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Trying to get a copy of Jerry Reese's template

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By Mike Wilkening

One of my favorite Garrison Keillor pieces dealt partially with writers who complain too much and fully with what to expect when you start getting older. Something he wrote about people reaching their 60s has stuck with me:

"People who used to ignore you now treat you with reverence. There is great silence when you natter and pontificate, and people ask the secret of your success. You have become eminent. Inside you feel mischievous and jokey, but other people see you as a laureate, so you learn to harrumph."

The football equivalent of this is winning the Super Bowl, if the questions Giants general manager Jerry Reese faced today is any indication. Reese's first draft as GM may go down as one of the best ever; every player in the class made the team and contributed in some way to New York's title run. Now everyone wants to know Reese's "template" for draft success.

"The template is different every year," Reese said Saturday. "Sometimes you hit more than you miss. Last year we hit more than we missed, you're not going to get them all right, you just want to get more right than you get wrong. Last year we didn't get a lot done in free agency so it was kind of over-exaggerated a little bit, the rookies had to play. The coaches got them ready to play and they did a nice job."

Reese, 44, did not harrumph once, so far as I could tell. He doesn't seem like the type. But how his profile has risen from a year ago, when the Giants were not considered a contender and he was having to explain why he cut players like LaVar Arrington and Luke Petitgout before the start of free agency.

Now, not only is Reese a man with a plan — he has a template.

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