When 2009 drew to a close, any acute observer of The New York Giants found themselves questioning the team’s attitude.
Apparently, the powers that be within The Giant organization found themselves questioning that as well.
Now that the free agency and draft period has concluded, it is quite clear that the personnel department set out to improve the team not only from a talent perspective, but also from an attitude perspective.
Phillip Dillard had to overcome a lot to see the field at Nebraska, as his mother passed away early on in his tenure.
He recently offered up his thoughts and feelings surrounding that situation:
“I told her I was going to something that would honor the family, stay out of trouble and do the right things,” Dillard said. “All I had to do was work and not complain and not moan and not show attitude and not be a cancer in the locker room and not be mad because things aren’t going my way. That’s just how life goes, it doesn’t always go your way. I had to be a man and man-up. That’s what I did.”
Players like Dillard who enter the league with a chip on their shoulder tend to last. While they may not be spectacular players or Pro- Bowlers, they tend to have long careers.
Dillard’s predecessor, Antonio Pierce, was an undrafted free agent gained notoriety for his “chip on the shoulder” attitude in his time with New York.
Mitch Petrus is another example of a guy who takes nothing for granted and works for every snap of playing time.
“Petrus characterized his sudden explosion to 45 repetitions (of the 225 lb bench at the combine) as a mixture of adrenaline and the can-do attitude that he’d learned as a walk-on. “It’s not luck, I can tell you that,” he said. “I’m not being the biggest, baddest guy on the field, I had to be the hardest-working guy on the field. It is what got me through the 45 today. I didn’t wake up this morning feeling like a totally different person. I’m not a freak of nature. I weighed 230 in high school. I weigh 310 now. I do whatever it takes. You reap what you sow.”
In his football career, Petrus has played fullback, tight end, and guard, getting on the field in any way he possibly can.
Moving forward, whether they make an impact in the starting lineup or not in 2010, these are the type of players that The Giants need to lead them back to a championship.
More Movement at The Defensive Tackle Position?
According to Mike Garfolo of The Newark Star- Ledger, The Giants nearly traded Barry Cofield to New Orleans on draft day for a 3rd round pick.
Also, they have reportedly shown interest in defensive tackle John Henderson, who was just released by The Jaguars.
Adding Henderson to a defensive tackle rotation which includes Cofield, Linval Joseph, and Chris Canty would prove to be a force to be reckoned with on the interior line.
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