Big Blue may be on cloud nine for the time being, but Tom Coughlin and the New York Giants cannot ignore sky-high expectations for 2012.
The story took the sporting world by storm: New York turned a volatile regular season into an improbable, electrifying playoff run that concluded with an upset victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
The latter half spells ticker-tape parades and prime-time marketability, but the former raises monumental concerns for next year. The Giants will be expected to compete with the league's juggernauts from Week 1, yet their 9-7 record highlights roster deficiencies and holes in their starting lineup.
The next few months are pivotal in establishing the G-Men as legitimate contenders for a consecutive ring. 2012 will be a hotbed for blockbuster signings and location changes for the NFL's brightest stars. If the Giants can get in on the action, they'll be primed for a successful season.
Here's a look at six players Jerry Reese and company should pursue this offseason.