Super Bowl 2012: 5 Signs That Prove the New York Giants Will Be a Dynasty
A sports dynasty can be classified as a team that dominates their sport or league for multiple seasons or years.
Throughout the history of the NFL there have been a few teams who have been considered a dynasty. Some of these teams are the Steelers from 1972-1984, the 49ers of the 1980s, the Raiders from 1976-1983, the Washington Redskins from 1982-1991, the Dallas Cowboys from 1991-1997 and finally the New England Patriots from 2001-2007.
After the New York Giants' dramatic win in Super Bowl 46, many people are claiming that since they have won the big game twice in the past four years, they are the newest dynasty in the NFL.
It is no longer a debate.
Eli Manning is an elite quarterback. He has led his team from a 7-7 record to a Super Bowl win. He has proved that he can stand in the pocket and deliver a strike to his receivers downfield with precision and power.
He set multiple records this season (including 15 fourth quarter touchdown passes) and threw for a franchise-best 4,933 yards.
He finished this season with a passer rating of 92.3 and only had 16 interceptions in 589 attempts.
He has won two Super Bowls in the past four seasons and has single-handedly prevented Tom Coughlin from getting fired.
Manning is under contract with the Giants until the 2015 season which means that he has more chances to win a few more Super Bowls.
You many as well change his name to Elite Manning.
The Giants have a star in waiting in Prince Amukamara.
He can be a shutdown corner who can hit hard enough to force fumbles. Once he learns the intricacies of the positions, he will solidify his side of the field.
Another young player that has had a major impact is Victor Cruz.
In only his second year in the NFL, he has been able to produce big numbers. He has become the explosive big threat that can stretch a defense downfield.
Jason Pierre-Paul is one of the best defensive linemen in the league.
He has a burst of speed that he uses to get to the quarterback. He uses all of his 6'5" frame to wrap up people and bring them to the ground with great force.
The Defensive Line
The formidable defensive line that the Giants had this season with be intact throughout next year.
Jason Pierre-Paul has stepped into his own and has been a force to reckon with this season. Justin Tuck always commands attention and can blow up a running play lightning fast. If they can continue gelling together then this line will be scary good.
Tuck and Umenyiora will be key players that the Giants will want to lock up after next year while Pierre-Paul's contract will expire after 2014.
If these players can continue their dominance and get to the quarterback time and time again, then they will be able to shut down opposing offenses.
Ahmad Bradshaw was the featured back in the Giants offense behind a mediocre offensive line.
He didn't wow anyone with his offensive numbers but stayed consistent with his stats. He shared time with Brandon Jacobs who was the punishing third-down and short-yardage back.
He is under contract until 2014.
Bradshaw has the ability to run through the small openings that the offensive line provides and the speed to break runs in the open field. He can be a bear to bring down with only one defender.
He solidifies the backfield position next to Eli Manning.
Next season, the Giants do not really need to add new players.
People may question the defense and their ability to stop people but that problem can be attributed to injuries. Aaron Ross was forced into action due to Terrell Thomas tearing his ACL in the preseason. Ross had a brutal season and was targeted many times, giving up an average of 9.7 yards per play.
The linebackers also had injuries. Clint Sintim and Jonathan Goff, who was a second-round pick in 2009 and the starting middle linebacker respectively, were injured and out for the season.
The Giants will probably draft an offensive lineman to strengthen the position and add depth, but that is there only real pressing need. It also wouldn't hurt adding another linebacker.