With two Super Bowl victories over the span of five years (four NFL seasons), many have begun to wonder aloud if the New York Giants are, or soon will be, a dynasty. That very same question was posed to quarterback Eli Manning on Wednesday morning during an interview with NFL AM, and his answer was, very simply, no.
“No. No, we are not,” Manning said. “We had a little break and the two years prior to last year we didn’t make the playoffs. We have work to do. [We] have good players on this team. We have potential to be a playoff team and make a run once we get into the playoffs. It’s a matter of going out there and proving that, and everybody playing to their level of play.”
And therein lies the difference between Manning and Michael Vick, who believes the Philadelphia Eagles are poised to begin a dynasty of their own despite having won nothing. Manning is always looking forward, always looking to improve and never allows himself or his team to become egotistical. Vick, meanwhile, lauds himself and a team that has accomplished absolutely nothing.
Manning's persona has begun to rub off on his teammates as well. Asked about Vick's comments and Jerry Jones' proclamation that the Dallas Cowboys will "beat the Giants' ass" on Wednesday, no one in the locker-room cared to give a response. Justin Tuck summed it up for everyone by saying "talk is cheap; play the game."
Should Big Blue win another Super Bowl championship this season, something we at Giants 101 feel they are poised to do, this question should be revisited a year from now and should also include a very different answer. However, that's another debate for another day.
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