Why Overconfidence Could Doom the New York Giants in 2012

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIApril 16, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 15:  Fans of the New York Giants celebrate after their team defeated the Green Bay Packers during their NFC Divisional playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 15, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants are a confident team. They talked the talk and walked the walk, but they can't get too confident come next season.

Most teams don't repeat, no matter what sport it is. 

That's what makes winning something like the Super Bowl so special, and winning multiple championships within a few years that much more impressive. 

The Giants actually have all the tools to pull off a repeat if you really break it down. They have the star quarterback in Eli Manning and a great head coach in Tom Coughlin. 

Two of their three top receiving threats are staying in New York through next year and their defense will be better. 

All of these things can easily lead to overconfidence, which is what the Giants have to be on the lookout for. 

I'm not saying I don't like confidence. In fact, it's the exact opposite. You need to be confident to succeed in life; this applies tenfold when it comes to sports. 

You have to believe that you're better than the guy lined up next to you, and you need to take that belief and use it to motivate you.

That's what helps drive people to success in football, and that's exactly what every single player on the Giants should believe every down they play.

However, there's a difference between confidence and cockiness, and the line is a pretty thin one.

Will the G-Men cross that line next season? We'll have to wait and see.