No one grew more weary of the “here we go again” and November slump diatribes more than the New York Football Giants themselves. On Sunday night in front of the nation, they silenced the flip-flopping critics. Again.
This is still a five game schedule, but upon closer look at how this team is approaching them is undeniably beyond confidence-building.
“Give it all I got today and I looked in your eyes, boys, and I know that [expletive] we did in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh & all that [expletive] we did before that bye, that [expletive] is gone! That team right there is gone; it’s dead…” was Justin Tuck’s pre-game war cry.
Last season, this team was much lower before they took a sharp right and went on a serious run. That run took them into the playoffs and they never lost the momentum or the integrity to finish.
Many use mention of the definition of insanity, but that cliché is not for the Giants. The only thing they are repetitive in is tradition and pride. Anything that doesn’t get them on the road to those two intangibles is changed with quickness. There is nothing crazy here (except some of the fans). Last week, it was mentioned that serious introspection had to go down for this team to come out as the reigning NFL World Champions. They achieved success so far for game one in that six game season. Game two is a division game and will take a bit…more.
Per Defensive Captain Tuck, it’s a bit of restraint.
“You never want to play angry. You want to play with a lot of passion and play with a lot of energy; but angry? Angry clouds your judgment sometimes and you think you’re doing something great and it ends up hurting the football team. So angry is not the right word, but you definitely have to play with a lot of passion and a lot of speed and a lot of energy against a team like this because everything they do is fast and you’ve got to make a decision on—has he handed a ball off? Is it a keep? Is it a run? Is it a pass? And all of that is a split second decision. If you make the wrong decision, it’s a big play. If you make a right decision, you have a chance to stop them.”
As each Big Blue player steps into his role with more purpose, a few will do so in a way that isn’t as familiar, but all in regardless.
“It’s a five-game schedule and we just have to keep staying consistent,” FB Henry Hynoski said earlier in the week. “We can’t get complacent and say, ‘Oh, we just beat up on the Packers, so we can beat up on anybody now.’ Every week is big boys football and we just have to come out, buckle our chinstraps and prepare every week like we did last week and approach practice like we did last week and we have to carry that here on out for rest of the way through.”
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