Eli Manning: The Giants are not a dynasty
Whenever a team wins multiple championships with most of the same key players, people are bound to start throwing the word “dynasty” around. It happened with the Patriots earlier in the 21st century and it is happening with the Giants now. New York has won two championships in four seasons. If they win a third within the next year or two, you can expect even more people to call the Giants a dynasty. However, Eli Manning says his team has not gotten there yet.
“No, no, we’re not (a dynasty),” he said on NFL AM Wednesday according to Pro Football Talk. “We had a little break — the two years prior to last year we didn’t make the playoffs. We’ve got work to do. We have good players on this team, we have the potential to be a playoff team and to make a run once we get into the playoffs.
“It’s a matter of going out there and proving that, and everybody going out there and playing to their level of play. That’s what our challenge is, and we know each year if you don’t come out and give it your all and play to the best of your ability you’re not going to win football games. So we’ve got to maximize our talents.”
As you can see, Manning tried his best to avoid the question. Ultimately, he gave the right answer. Even if he believes the Giants are a dynasty, taking the Michael Vick approach and telling everyone about it doesn’t benefit the team in any way. If Manning says New York is a dynasty, that means he already feels like the team’s place is cemented in history and they have very little left to accomplish. While that may be true, what happened last year has no bearing on the 2012 season.
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