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Eli Manning’s training camp motto: Last year wasn’t good enough

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The Giants are the only NFL team that should be satisfied with the results of last season, but as they open training camp, quarterback Eli Manning says they’re not satisfied at all.

In fact, Manning says that an honest assessment of last season includes looking at the fact that they were 9-7, which easily could have had them watching the playoffs from their couches in a different season or a different division.

“We know we’ve got to improve,” Manning told the New York Post. “We were 9-7 last year in the regular season. That’s not good enough. We were a better team than that. Obviously we showed that throughout the playoffs, but we’ve got to have that urgency, that consistency throughout the whole season and play our best football for the 16 regular season games.”

Manning says his own improvement will be primarily about cutting down on turnovers. Last season he had 16 interceptions and fumbled eight times, losing four of them. Most alarmingly, the Giants went 0-4 in games when Manning had more than one turnover.

“I think [the thing I want to improve is] still cut down on the turnovers,” Manning said. “Continue to concentrate every practice, every play, making good decisions. Make sure that whatever happens, the ball is in our hands on the next play.”

Manning is right: Just because the Giants won the Super Bowl, that doesn’t mean they don’t need to improve. If Manning can cut down on his turnovers, the Giants can be even better.

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32 Responses to “Eli Manning’s training camp motto: Last year wasn’t good enough”
  1. mattolikesthevikes says: Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM

    That’s dumb Eli, and I like you. Im sure it’s a motivational comment but the fact is you made it to and won the biggest game of your sport. What more do you want, to compete for the bcs title too.

  2. mvp43 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM

    His motto should be:

    ” We got lucky due to the fact that we ran into a Packer team that uncharacteristicly had 4 turnovers and played their worse game of the year…not because of us”

  3. mike bonserio says: Jul 27, 2012 10:43 AM

    I believe in ELI!!!!!!

  4. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 27, 2012 10:52 AM

    The Giants were outscored by their opponents.
    They were 5-7 in conference games.
    3-3 in divisional games.
    Only 9-7 overall; was 6th best record in the NFC.

    Plenty of room for improvement.

  5. wheresthemoneylebowski says: Jul 27, 2012 10:53 AM

    mvp43 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM

    His motto should be:

    ” We got lucky due to the fact that we ran into a Packer team that uncharacteristicly had 4 turnovers and played their worse game of the year…not because of us”

    Or we went into the 15-1 Packers house and beat them by 17… And to go even further, 10 of those Green Bay 17 points were the direct result of 2 horrible calls (Greg Jennings fumble, and Osi roughing the passer), but of course you’ll completely ignore that.

    You’re also conveniently leaving out, that it took a last minute drive in the regular season for Green Bay to beat the Giants by 3 (38-35). But yes, Green Bay was that much better then New York… As completely evidenced by how bad they beat them..

  6. dallassux says: Jul 27, 2012 10:53 AM

    Well he is technically right. I mean they did have the 28th ranked defense even with JPP, lost to the redskins twice and Vince Young, and Eli threw his annual 15-20 + interceptions.

    He is just stating fact.

  7. jjbadd385 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 AM

    That’s why he is an elite QB. He knows being 9-7 may not be enough this year. No story here, he is 100% correct.

  8. egal99 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:56 AM

    Spoken like a true 2x champ. It really irks me that I can like a Giants quarterback this much.

  9. siknasty says: Jul 27, 2012 11:15 AM

    Eli Manning has ice water running through his veins. The man has an attribute that is difficult to quantify, it’s called clutch factor. Eli is a straight monster entering the prime of his career. The fact that he sees need for improvement is excellent.

    Even after a second SB title and SB MVP, the haters are still in full force. ” The Giants got lucky and the other teams beat themseleves.” Keep hating, Eli and the Giants love it. The less respect you give to them, the greater performance they tend to display.

  10. essentialsausage says: Jul 27, 2012 11:28 AM

    Come on. Not good enough? You won the Super Bowl, so evidently you were good enough that season.

  11. sportsfan15 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:35 AM

    First, any claims that the Giants got “lucky” or won because the other team played uncharacteristically bad is just plain nonsense and if you’re saying these things you probably shouldn’t comment about sports because “luck” rarely has a critical role – especially in the NFL.

    Secondly, this is the mindset your QB should have, and also why Eli is a 2-time SB champion. He knows what it takes, and knows that a 9-7 regular season isn’t going to be good enough – SO.. he is exactly right, they have to improve.

    It’s also nice to have to improve after a season in which you won the SB.

  12. justintuckrule says: Jul 27, 2012 11:47 AM

    Last time the Giants came out after a SB saying that they had to improve on their regular season record the following year, they shot out of the gate at 11-1. Had a certain idiot worn jeans instead of sweats, eli-te could be shooting for number FOUR this year.

  13. calizcowboyz says: Jul 27, 2012 11:53 AM

    BOTH of the giants super bowl wins were LUCKY!.
    Everyone outside of the giants KNOW this!

    So giants, how does it feel to try and defend your super bowls from the all the hatters?

    Dont worry our 5x championships obviously mean nothing as well, i mean since they are over sixteen years ago. Yep defending our super bowl wins IS
    a joke.

    I mean come on, super bowls are EASY to get to and win. right?

  14. beeblaze says: Jul 27, 2012 12:07 PM

    Giants will be lucky if they make the playoffs. Eli is right, and is also the worst qb in nfl history to have 2 rings, thank your defense shEli

  15. thegronk87 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:14 PM

    Translation: we fluked our way to a second super bowl in five years

  16. justintuckrule says: Jul 27, 2012 12:17 PM

    Dear fellow Giants’ fans: it’s about time we start ignoring the haters’ “you were lucky” claims. We all know tearing through everyone’s home fields and beating the best coach/QB combo of all tim, not once but TWICE, has nothing to do with luck. Its ALL they have to hang their hats on. Let them stew in Giants’ greatness!

  17. bigbluefan1 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    mvp43 says:Jul 27, 2012 10:36 AM

    His motto should be:

    ” We got lucky due to the fact that we ran into a Packer team that uncharacteristicly had 4 turnovers and played their worse game of the year…not because of us”

    ________________________________

    Your kidding right
    The Giants ran a clinic in GB they did every thing but pull a ball out of a hat.
    The Giants OWNED the flackr that day and guess what that day is the one that mattered.

    Ask the 18-1 Pats how having one bad day or game can ruin your year.

    Eli is a player that when he has to win he does who cares about season win enough to get in and after that just win baby win.
    The Mannings will be so proud to have both Eli and Payton in the HOF one day

  18. giantsfanlewis says: Jul 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    Love how the giants were lucky. It seems every year another wild card teams makes and or wins the superbowl but only when the giants do it its lucky. I mean green bay does the same thing and what’s they are considered the best team of all times. New York does it and its luck. Doesn’t make sense

  19. justwinbaby29 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    I can’t disagree with Eli. It’s a fine line winning in the NFL. If Tony Romo doesn’t overthrow Miles Austin the Giants finish out of the playoffs at 8-8 and who knows might even have a new coach.

    What the Giants did prove (twice) the 2010 Packers and the 2008 Cardinals (though they lost in the last minute) is you just need to get in and get hot. Good QB play and a pass rush are the two most important things.

  20. electionconfidential says: Jul 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    You don’t get better by being complacent. As far as getting lucky goes, they did get some good breaks, but when you finish your season off by beating the Cowboys, Falcons, Packers, 49ers and Patriots and all on the road I think you get a little credit for being good too.

  21. bigblue00 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:32 PM

    I’ll take the sweet taste of luck over the bitter taste of defeat any day.

    ELIte.

  22. surfinbird1 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:53 PM

    Excellent receivers made this guy look better than he really is,and a great defense helps.

  23. shirsc2 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:58 PM

    Two things that were once considered impossible:

    1) Beating Green Bay in Green Bay in the Playoffs (Giants did it twice)

    2) Beating Belicheck and Brady in the Playoffs (Giants did it twice)

    How can you consider it luck when they did the near impossible, not once but twice?

  24. paulsmith107 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:32 PM

    Eli is correct because if they play like tey did last year they won’t make the playoffs. As far as the playoff run being lucky well let’s see getting Atlanta out of the dome helped because they don’t beat Atlanta in Atlanta. Green bay hurt themselves by sitting their starters for what seemed like a month and you could tell because green bay was not sharp and basically played themselves out of the game. San Fran not having ginn I mean San Fran out played the giants in every way and to have te game come down to two fumble punts when the team you played missed at least 3 easy picks and completed one pass to a wide out lol lucky. Then a dropped pass and missed field goal by the ravens who are a better team than the giants and patriots put a patriot team in the playoffs. You didn’t really have to worry about the best offensive weapon on the pats because of an ankle and a missed pass from Brady to welker gave you a title. Luck and some skill but play that way this year an you’ll be fourth in the NFC east

  25. paulsmith107 says: Jul 27, 2012 2:34 PM

    And election confidential the cowboys and falcons game were not on the road silly rabbit know your football before you post on it

  26. giantsfanlewis says: Jul 27, 2012 2:36 PM

    Surfinbird1

    You mean that defense that ranked 26th in the NFL and 28th in points allowed and also allowed more points all season then the giants offense scored? That defense? And those al pro receivers… Like Mario manningham fresh off injury, victor Cruz fresh off of a season ending injury last aeason, hakeem(tip pick specialist) nicks in his second year and Jake ballard ubdrafted in his first year and constantly injured. That must make other qbs green with envy watching that all star giants team work. I mean the last ranked running game, a bad o line, young and injury prone receivers and a bottem 5 defense in POINTS ALLOWED(the saints pats and packers were all top 15 in ill add), I am guessing tom Brady is wishing he was on the giants. I bet rodgers would trade his receiving corp in a second for those guys. Hell brees would play outside in the snow to have those guys right

  27. elibestqbever says: Jul 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    The comments left on here by haters reiterates the simple fact the ALL cowboy, eagle and jet fans are absolute freaking jokes. Eli will go down as one of the greatest qbs ever. He is the Derek Jeter of football. His career is only at halfway point and he has 2 rings 2sb Mvps, been to probowls, has the most career wins in road playoff games EVER, set record for most passing yards in a playoff run EVER, has never missed a start, has never had a losing record in his career (rookie season wasn’t a starter until about week 9)

    Like Jeter, who was always a winner and his stats kept accumulating over the years with the rings up to the point to where he is no considered best ss ever. Watch Eli’s career do same thing.

    I give it 2 more years before sports radio will be debating Eli, Brady, Montana as BEST EVER. Best part is how much cowboy/jet/eagle fans hate him

  28. elibestqbever says: Jul 27, 2012 2:54 PM

    One more thing. Packer fans, you guys do realize your sb would of never happened if Matt dodge didn’t punt a line drive to desean Jackson, right? So enough with the luck talk. Just sit back and get ready for the g-men and the most clutch qb of all time get ready to defend that title.

  29. kev86 says: Jul 27, 2012 3:13 PM

    Eli can beat your team. Keep telling him he cant. It works. Thanks.

  30. joeyd524 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:13 PM

    So the giants are lucky but the eagles can’t seem to find any luck in 40+yrs..c’mon man..

  31. hatersweargreen says: Jul 27, 2012 11:17 PM

    elibestqbever says: Jul 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    The comments left on here by haters reiterates the simple fact the ALL cowboy, eagle and jet fans are absolute freaking jokes. Eli will go down as one of the greatest qbs ever. He is the Derek Jeter of football. His career is only at halfway point and he has 2 rings 2sb Mvps, been to probowls, has the most career wins in road playoff games EVER, set record for most passing yards in a playoff run EVER, has never missed a start, has never had a losing record in his career (rookie season wasn’t a starter until about week 9)

    never say “all” jets/pokes fans, it makes us seem as bad as them. I have a couple jet and cowboy fan friends and they respect the giants. it’s hard not to respect the giants, they’re a classy organization, outstanding coach, an absolute monster on the Dline who is only going to keep getting better and the clutchest 4th quarter QB ever.

    these are the fans of other teams who will reluctantly give the GMEN our due when we win another one (i hope!!).

    now eagles fans, them there’s no hope for.

  32. bosspower says: Jul 31, 2012 9:10 AM

    Eli Manning is saying I need more Rings!!!!! He’s like a fat kid in a candy store, U cant buy just one piece of candy. Eli cant wear that Ring from 2012 to the 2013 Superbowl. He needs a 2013 Superbowl ring to go along with his 2008, and 2012.

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