Last year the Giants employed a simple attitude of "us against the world".
Everyone doubted this team, this quarterback, and this coach. Boy did the bandwagon get full when the Giants flew into Skyharbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
Coach Coughlin was able to motivate his players by simply using adversity to win a Super Bowl. Adversity is the ultimate unifier, and no one will face that more than Eli Manning. He is the guy that the media will blame if the Giants falter. In my book, he doesn't have to do anything ever again after his playoff run this year.
In training camp at SUNY Albany, the G-Men need to focus on listening to coordinators Spagnuolo and Gilbride. The Shockey controversy is something that could have been avoided by dealing him to the Saints, but it is not a bad thing to have a top-five tight end on your roster.
So far this offseason, I have loved Shaun O'Hara's off-field leadership. His philosophy has been to get your butt in camp (like Osi and Chris Snee have done), and the Giants will eventually take care of you.
Plaxico does deserve a new deal, but the Giants are a classy, well-run organization that heavily believes in a player honoring the contract they have signed.
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