How the New York Giants Can Re-Gain Championship Form in 2013

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IIMay 24, 2013

Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is surrounded by members of the media after Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
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In his 2010 acceptance speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Emmitt Smith said, "It's only a dream until you write it down, and then it becomes a goal." 

In that case, the New York Giants better sharpen their No. 2 pencil and write down how they intend to get to Super Bowl XLVIII. 

There's plenty of optimism radiating from OTAs right now, but everybody outside the Giants organization is waiting for them to slip up.

The added weight of knowing that the upcoming Super Bowl will be played in MetLife stadium just reinforces how precise the G-Men must be in their effort to re-gain their championship form from 2011.

Not to downplay planning and executing, but buying in and playing for one another will be paramount.

An early example of this was on display at OTAs when Big Blue unveiled their new defensive tackle rotation.

Linval Joseph talked to about what new DTs Cullen Jenkins and Johnathan Hankins need to do in order to gel.

You have new faces all over the whole team, Joseph said. You just bring them in, treat them as family, and try to get as much accomplished as you can.

You just [tell them] to come in, get in your book, learn, do what everybody tells you to do and try to make plays. Just try to better the team.

Tom Coughlin also faces one of his more challenging seasons since he's been with the G-Men.

If the Giants want to sniff the Superbowl, they can start by ending Victor Cruz's contract dispute and getting Hakeem Nicks into OTAs.

Quickly nursing fullback Henry Hynoski back to health after he went down Wednesday with a chip fracture in his left leg would be helpful too.

Linebackers Aaron Curry and Dan Conner must pick up the new playbook, because defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is potentially counting heavily on one or both of them.

Terrell Thomas is taking things slow in OTAs, which is good, but his role in the secondary will be pivotal to their success.

Clearly Coughlin and his staff have a long road ahead in order to field a team that has a championship pedigree, and when he was asked about the time frame of this occurring, he said what you expected to hear.


Get better; improve; improvement.  There is always improvement.  Yeah, there are young guys that have to come along, but there are veteran players that there may be one aspect of their game that needs to be improved upon.  And we need to get better as a team.  We need to get focused again as a team.  We have had an awful lot of time away from each other.  Now we have a chance to be together again and to get our thinking exactly the same and be on the same page.  That is what this is all about is get yourself ready so that coaches can work with the players; get a feel for that.  The personnel people can evaluate and see where there may be a need to help a certain area here or there.  And allow that the individuals involved in the timing aspect of the game can work together.

If the Giants were a puzzle right now, I'd say that the border is in place and now they have to figure out how to fit the rest of the pieces that will make up the big picture.