When New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck started talking about a potential dynasty during the Super Bowl XLVI ring ceremony, you figured head coach Tom Coughlin would promptly put an end to such chatter. Only … that's not what happened. Following the first day of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Coughlin was asked about Tuck's "dynasty" comment, and rather than pooh-poohing it, the coach embraced it.
"I would say this: I think we must raise the bar for our own performance, whether it be in the meetings, on the practice field, on the game field. That’s what I’d like to see. I’d like to see everyone come in here – the young players, the new players – [and] understand the New York Giants championship culture, which is over the door to the locker room, and try to raise the level of how we do everything so that it is championship level," Coughlin said.
Meanwhile, Tuck was grilled about his dynasty comments, but like Coughlin, he refused to shy away from them.
"I feel very confident in this team’s talents and this coaching staff, and I believe we have that shot [at being a dynasty]. Me saying it, is that gonna make it happen? Absolutely not, but we do have a shot at it," Tuck said.
There's a certain swagger and confidence about the New York Football Giants that hasn't been seen in quite some time. They realize the amount of work that has to go into the success they desire, but for the second year in a row they appear to be "All In."
86 of a potential 90 players showed up for voluntary OTAs on Monday. Those that didn't show include Osi Umenyiora, Chris Canty, Jake Ballard and Adrien Robinson. Of those four, two (Canty and Ballard) are recovering from injury and unable to participate, while one (Robinson) was away at school.
That sounds like a team that's ready to win another ring; a team that's ready to start a dynasty.
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