The 3 Most Positive Developments of the New York Giants' Offseason
The New York Giants have had some very positive developments this offseason.
Their head coach is under contract, they have improved their football team and they have the right mindset moving forward.
In my opinion, those are all great signs that a Super Bowl team has a real chance at repeating.
Let's go over the three developments that will help aid the G-Men's cause in getting ring No. 5.
Extending Tom Coughlin's Contract
Tom Coughlin coached the New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins, and he was rewarded with a contract extension through 2014.
This was a necessary move given what Coughlin has accomplished, even though some people might wonder why this extension isn't longer.
Well, Coughlin is 65 years old. He might retire after this contract is over, or he might coach a little longer.
However, this choice is his and his alone. He doesn't need an extension until 2016; let Coughlin coach these next coming seasons, and evaluate from there.
If there's any coach in the NFL at age 65 that has earned that right, it's Coughlin.
Addressing Areas of Need
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The New York Giants lost Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham to free agency. Their offensive line, linebacker core, secondary, tight ends (after injury in the Super Bowl) and offensive line were all suspect for the greater part of last season—and they managed to address all of these areas.
They drafted David Wilson and Rueben Randle at the running back and wide receiver positions respectively.
They re-signed wide receiver Domenik Hixon, as well as cornerback Terrell Thomas.
Then they brought in some new guys such as linebacker Keith Rivers, tight end Martellus Bennett and offensive tackle Sean Locklear.
They've made a real effort to improve, and on paper, it looks like they have done so across the board.
Making Osi Umenyiora happy and getting punter Steve Weatherford under contract were two huge and much-needed moves as well.
The New York Giants Have the Right Mindset
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The New York Giants are about business. If you don't believe me, check out the 2007 and 2012 Super Bowl games.
This is a team that knows how to get hot at the right time, and ride that momentum to the promised land.
Check out this Q&A from the Giants' veteran minicamp back in June:
Q: Is there a different feel in the two times you’ve won a Super Bowl, when you get back together in the spring into the summer for work? Is there a different feel coming off that victory?
A: No, I don’t think so. The motivation and the mindset is we’ve got to get better. We got to become a better team, we got to become more consistent. You’re looking at plays from last year, concepts over and over again, and say we ran this concept 50 times. Let’s watch all 50 plays and let’s learn from it. How can we get better? Why’d you have so many incompletions? What were the factors? Was it because of a misread? Or the way someone was playing it? So, just continue to learn in that aspect and ask myself, receivers, offensive line, everybody looking at their own technique and seeing how we can improve to make sure we play at a higher level this year.
I got a good feeling about this year.