Although cornerback Aaron Ross took a brief hiatus from the New York Giants in 2012-2013, it hasn't taken him long to get back into the Big Blue groove. It also hasn't taken him long to realize that 2012-2013 was a bad year for the team, and that they suffered a severe mental lapse that ultimately led to yet another poor finish. Despite all that, Ross says the team appears to be re-focused this offseason and resembles more of the team he left following Super Bowl XLVI than the one he saw on film a year ago.
"I've been seeing everybody has that hunger again like the two other Super Bowls," Ross told Newsday on Monday. "I'm not sure what happened last year, but a lot of mental busts and maybe a little bit of complacency set in after the Super Bowl. But this year, you can tell with coach Coughlin — starts with him — how hard he's pushing the team, how hard he's pushing everybody."
And it's not so much that the Giants just want to rebound and put a better foot forward in 2013; rather, they want to make sure no one else hoists the Lombardi Trophy on their home turf.
"It seems like everybody has that hunger, plus the Super Bowl is going to be played in our stadium. We can't have anybody else playing in our backyard," Ross added. "We've talked about it, and it's another goal that coach Coughlin put in front of us. Guys are hungry to achieve that goal."
When it comes to respect — or lack thereof — the Giants seem to find endless motivation. Often, they appear to play better when no one gives them a chance, and since no one has ever won the Super Bowl in their home stadium, precious few are giving Blue Blue a chance to be the first to do it.
That, coupled with the desire to rebound from a year ago, have the Giants supremely focused heading into training camp.
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