Some NFL Analysts agree that Tom Coughlin and the NY Giants have the most to prove in 2011 after another disappointing finish in 2010.
While San Diego, Minnesota, and the NY Jets have their reasons to make a splash in 2011 — I think the NY Giants have had a rollercoaster ride of a followup to their 2007 Super Bowl winning season and have solidified themselves in that ‘most to prove’ category.
In 2008 as defending champs, the Giants were obviously one of the most dominant teams in the NFL – right up until Burress shot himself and they lost 4 of their last 5 games and dropped the big one to the Eagles at home in the first round of the playoffs. Since then, 2009 might as well be scratched all together from the record thanks to Bill Sheridan’s vanilla defense and the worst secondary that has possibly ever taken the field. Say what you want about Eli Manning’s offense and a corner turned for Kevin Gilbride, that team could only go as far as the defense would take them and that was Splitsville at 8-8 sadly.
Last year, some good personell moves made, another great start, shaky finish, and a disheartening injury riddled season that should have been taken to the post season despite league leading turnover numbers. With the playoffs in their grasp at home – the Giants let a 28 point lead….. you know what – never mind. We all know what happened.
In 2011, if Tom Coughlin and the Giants don’t own the “most to prove” moniker, I don’t know who does more so.