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New York Giants Owner John Mara Believes Team’s Championship Window is “Pretty Wide”

January 24th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants 2012 regular season played out basically the same way their 2011 regular season did. A strong start, a second half collapse followed by a win in the final game of the year. The team finished 9-7 both years, as the entire squad lived and died by the right arm of Eli Manning. Obviously, the end result of the last two seasons will be viewed in drastically different lights. The 2011 Super Bowl team will be remembered as one of the best Giants teams of all time, while the 2012 squad will eventually fade into obscurity. However, these teams were not all that different.

'Linebackers' photo (c) 2012, Ted Kerwin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

2012 was a wasted opportunity. This team had all the pieces to make a run at repeating as Super Bowl champions. Instead of coming up big during the most crucial points of the season, the Giants failed to meet even their most meager preseason prognostications. Despite several areas of concern heading into the 2013 offseason, team owner John Mara believes that Big Blue's window to win another Super Bowl is still flexible.

"Obviously, when you miss the playoffs, everybody is a little more concerned about what went wrong," Mara said, "You have to have patience. You can't get too high when you are winning and too low when you are losing. You just have to have some confidence in your organization, and I have confidence in our organization. We have a franchise quarterback, and we've got a lot of good players on defense, but obviously a couple parts were missing, and that’s something we need to look at."

Not even the most optimistic of fans can deny that this team has some serious issues to solve this offseason. Osi Umenyiora and Kenny Phillips are likely gone. Victor Cruz, Will Beatty and Kevin Boothe all need new contracts. The offensive line is aging and there is very little depth at linebacker. There are going to be some major decisions made this offseason regarding the future of several players on the team. 

However, as long as Eli Manning is at quarterback, the Giants have a chance to win a Super Bowl. In 2011, Big Blue had a porous offensive line and the worst rushing attack in the NFL. Despite their shortcomings, Manning was able to lead the team to their second Super Bowl victory in five seasons.  Mara believes that Eli still has a lot of productive seasons left in the tank.

He’s (32) years old; he’s got a lot of years left," Mara said. "I think our window is still pretty wide. I think as long as he’s under center, we have a chance to win."

Eli Manning can not be expected to deliver Super Bowl championships year after year. His performance in 2011 was nothing short of heroic. He didn't play at to level in 2012, but that's not to say he can never get back there again. With the right pieces around him, Manning has proven his ability to win in this league. Moreover, he's proven his ability to put the team on his back and win under extremely adverse circumstances. He still has plenty of time left in his career to return to dominance, but the decisions made in the front office this offseason will play a major factor in how soon that happens.

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20 Responses to “New York Giants Owner John Mara Believes Team’s Championship Window is “Pretty Wide””

  1.  Krow says:

    Looks like Spags is taking the blame for Bountygate.

  2.  Barbarossa says:

    Good to see our glorious leader keeping a level head. It’s amazing when you compare his comments with say Jerruh down in Dallas. Mara is sending the right message. Trim some fat, fill a few holes on the D and address the culture of complacency in the locker room and we are right back in the hunt next season. Hearing things like this from the owner is one of the things that makes being a Giants fan such a pleasure.

  3. Anthony Raiaaxr29 says:

    Thoughts on Kindle? If healthy I think hes worth giving a shot

  4.  GmenMania says:

    WR Patrick Turner was also worked out.

  5.  kujo says:

    Spags will probably be the new DC in Philly by week’s end.

  6.  GmenMania says:

    So. . . Anybody think there’s a chance that Spags might be back as some sort of an assistant?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      No, because Fewell would not stand for it.

      As for Kindle, unless he could prove that his drinking problem is a thing of the past, no thank you. That kid is troubled.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Mara is correct: as long as Eli is under center we’ve got a shot.

    But that’s why we cannot afford to waste seasons, and why the first two picks in April should be players who have a reasonable shot at playing in 2013, not red-shirting as we all but did with Randle and Wilson. I understand there were valid reasons there, but I don’t want to see it again. Get two blue-chip NFL starters from among corners, defensive tackles, offensive linemen and linebackers, and let’s go.

  8.  Begiant says:

    I wonder if working out Kindle is a sign we may be looking for outside linebackers to replace Boley or Kiwi (if he moves to DE). I like the idea of bringing him into camp because he was drafted high for a reason. Hopefully he gets his ish together in camp and can fill some sort of role and make Reese look smart. If not he costs nothing so whatever.

    Going back to the last thread I think we should offer Diehl a paycut with the intention of cutting him if he does not accept it.

  9.  sonnymooks says:

    Spags has been fired as Saints D-coach…..BRING BACK SPAGS TO THE G-MEN !!!!!

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Can’t see it happening. Giants committed to Fewell. Spags won’t come back as anything less than D-Co.

  10.  GOAT56 says:

    Do people realize that NO set an NFL record in yards given up in a season? Spags had a great run with us but he’s not a great defensive mind. I think he’s a good coach who’s scheme just fit our players well.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      …as opposed to Perry Fewell, who’s schemes fit nobody.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Fewell has been a better defensive coach the last 5 years. Mike Martz was once an offensive genius. Right now Spags is just another good defensive mind, much like Fewell. Neither is great or bad.

        •  sonnymooks says:

          Spags schemes fit us, its a perfect marriage between the talent we have and the scheme he uses, like a round hole and a round peg.

          With Fewell, its been more like a violent rocky marriage, with square pegs and round holes.

          Its not that Spags is a genius or Fewell is an idiot, its more about the right fits. Fewells schemes simply don’t fit well overall, they can work in short terms, here and there, but overall, it isn’t a clicker.

          Spags schemes fit us to a “T”, the players fit in perfect, everything clicks, it does take time and adjustment, but it fits, it works. W

          Would Fewells schemes work better somewhere else ? Depends on where, again, its about talent and scheme meshing.

          Spags schemes worked here, and fit here, they didn’t work in N.O., they weren’t bad in St. Louis, the defense improved over there, but they fit perfectly over here.

          Bring Spags back !!!!

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