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.