Is it too early to be talking about the 2012 Super Bowl? Technically, yes. Good thing articles can be written in a matter that thoughts translated from internal gut feelings are allowed.
A full out definitive answer cannot be given at any point in this, the offseason or even during the 2012 regular season. The 2011 season proved that. The World Champion New York Football Giants proved that. It’s not over until the play clock is at 0:00 and the Lombardi Trophy is hoisted by the game MVP. Parity in the NFL (it’s claimed) makes it hard to repeat, but there is that nagging, aforementioned gut feeling. Certain fans have it and can never fully explain it. It only gets worse as the feeling intensifies and the odds and critics stack even more against them.
Many have and still make comparisons between the 2007 and 2011 Championship seasons. The 2008 Giants were well on their way to (possibly) making it into the playoffs and into a legitimate repeat run—until Plaxico Burress was “lost” for the season. That ‘08 team never recovered. No Resiliency or even a touch of All In/Finish back then.
This current team (53-man roster to be determined) has the leadership and the maturity to get the mindset proper from the start of training camp. The remaining teammates are still full of Giants Pride and have experienced, first hand, the fruits of Jerry Reese and Tom Coughlin’s labors. Rookies will be second-year players with another year under their respective systems and draft picks/any free agents brought in will be walking into a situation of the stability of an old school organization—a Big Blue organization that continues to carry on the tradition that is the New York Football Giants. This tradition has never left. It was just a matter of whether or not it was reiterated by the head coach and his coaches as well as team captains. Tradition on the Giants: where brotherhood is apex. The positives far outweigh any negatives in the locker room and injuries that can threaten to depress the ultimate goal. All In.
As the confetti and ticker-tape finally settle, we shall see where the focus lies: Gearing up to push for another run/repeat -or- Continue to slumber in dream land while another team takes home your hardware? Hands up for the former.
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