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Ahmad Bradshaw: Giants thought games would be handed to them

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Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is still open to returning to the Giants after the team dumped him last week to get out from under his salary.

If he does return to the team, he’s got a pretty strong message to send them about why the 2012 season ended well short of the Super Bowl-winning heights that the Giants reached during the previous season. Bradshaw said that the team had an unrealistic sense of entitlement coming off their second title in the Tom Coughlin era and that they sat waiting for games to fall in their lap instead of taking matters into their own hands.

“Everybody seemed to think the season would come together in one game,” Bradshaw said on the NFL Network, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We didn’t have the chemistry we had the year before. … We didn’t play together, take advantage of the opportunities we had. … Everyone thought the games would just be handed to us. It was a tough season.”

In the last six years, the Giants have gone 10-6 twice and 9-7 twice. Each regular season record set up one run to the Super Bowl title and each led to one playoff-less season, which definitely supports the notion that the best thing the Giants can do for themselves is to put themselves into positions where they don’t need to rely on the kindness of others to wind up with a ticket to the postseason dance.

Bradshaw would likely agree with that, even though it seems the Giants think the best way to make that happen is by leaving Bradshaw behind on the road to 2013.

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28 Responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw: Giants thought games would be handed to them”
  1. geeeeemen says: Feb 13, 2013 9:18 AM

    I really hope this does not turn into people THINKING that he is bad mouthing the team once he was cut. Everyone knows and he also said that he LOVES the Giants and would love to come back. What he said was true anyway, Giants played very complacently.

  2. riggz91 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:23 AM

    I agree with AB but look at the schedule they played. Had to play the Ravens Falcons and Skins down the stretch. Plus it has become pretty impossible to repeat. Still amazes me they won 2 superbowls in past 6 years. They will be back in the mix next year for sure.

  3. buddybowl69 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:33 AM

    Tom Coughlin needs to go. 10 & 6 and 9 & 7 are not good enough to consistently make it to the playoffs.

  4. phonymcringring says: Feb 13, 2013 9:38 AM

    Sour grapes. Seems like he thinks a contract should “just be handed to him”.

    He has two rings, more than most players even dream of. You’d think he would be a little more grateful to the franchise and his teammates. It’s not their fault he has glass feet.

  5. The Prophet says: Feb 13, 2013 9:41 AM

    “Bradshaw said that the team had an unrealistic sense of entitlement”

    And hear I thought he was talking about the Packers!

  6. mullman76 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:43 AM

    That makes sense.

    Rooney, Kraft and Mara run this league. From the Immaculate Deception to the tuck rule and spygate to sanctioning teams in your own division, these owners and their teams always benefit.

    The other 29 are just along for the ride.

    Goodell is a puppet, Goodell is bought and paid for, it is plain as day.

  7. thepolitepunk says: Feb 13, 2013 9:47 AM

    You can only count on the Redskins’ DBs not covering anyone once or twice a year. After that you’ve got to earn your wins.

  8. blu4l1fe says: Feb 13, 2013 10:16 AM

    Everybody has an opinion, of course. And I hope this doesn’t turn out to be more than just that, just an honest assessment from Ahmad as to one of the reasons the season turned out the way it did.

    But with that being said, I can totally see that. As a fan of both the team and Bradshaw, I saw most, if not all, the Giants games the past season. And I can definitely see where they did not put as much effort as they really are capable of. I am not sure if this is something that crosses one’s mind after winning a championship but they really appeared as though they expected the game to just go their way in the end.

  9. fuglyflorio says: Feb 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    The Redskins and the Cowboys did not get a sanction. They merely had to apply the contract money they paid against the cap. Same rules as every other team. They tried to get away with something and were told they couldn’t.

    That’s not a sanction … it’s not a fine … it’s not a penalty.

  10. schmitty2 says: Feb 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    The “Entitlement” wasn’t just restricted to the team itself. Based on comments from their fans on this site for most of the season they were just as guilty

  11. gochargersgo says: Feb 13, 2013 10:59 AM

    They keep on comparing this season to the one before as if last year they were some dominant force. Fact of the matter is that they had almost the same record as the year before, and their 1st superbowl year as well. None of those teams were particularly dominant or good, just caught breaks in the playoffs once they miraculously snuck in.

  12. bengalguy says: Feb 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    Yeah, the Bengals handed you something all right…….your Arse!!!

  13. ss376 says: Feb 13, 2013 11:23 AM

    As a Giants fan, I dont know how much I agree with Bradshaw. I think that’s a professional way of putting it but I think it’s off base.

    I think Manning played very poorly down the stretch. Whether it was a “tired arm” or just plain bad decisions, it doesn’t matter.

    I think the defense was atrocious all year long except for two blips. The pass rush was a shell of its former self, but it didnt matter because the interior consistently could not stop the run.

    I think our red zone offense was pretty bad. I think it was fairly predictable and just plain tired.

    And I think the Giants were victims of a bad schedule. I know it’s the luck of the draw, but a soft schedule goes a long way toward your final record and whether you make the playoffs. Doesn’t mean much in the playoffs, considering 13-3 New England, 13-3 Atlanta and 13-3 Denver all got sent home, but you would’ve been crazy to expect a 12-4 record with that schedule.

    I don’t think there was a game where I could say the Giants quit or any real play where anyone can say, “dang if the Giants had just tried harder…”

  14. truthfactory says: Feb 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    If Eli were truly “elite” he woulda gotten them into the playoffs. You cant only be “elite” or “clutch” when your D is holding the packers, falcons, and Pats to under 20 points in the playoffs then come up short the next season when your needed most.

  15. metitometin says: Feb 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Giants taking games for granted? That’s a hot one. The Giants were extremely lucky to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl. If Gronk had been 100% and hadn’t taken that cheap shot from Bernard Pollard, Pats would have won the Superbowl going away. The game wouldn’t even have been close. Gronk was a major part of the Pats offense all year and taking him away 1 game before the end was a major blow.

  16. cmonelisha says: Feb 13, 2013 11:57 AM

    and unfortunatly for the giants and me as a supporter for the team..we hear that all to often outside of there 2 SB wins..
    theres two trends i see under coughlin/eli
    good and bad

    good- superbowls,playoffs, better every year

    bad- 2nd half of the year collapses, everyone in those collapsed teams all say the same thing ‘we felt entitled’…
    my question is who allows them 2 feel that way and be ok about it?

  17. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:46 PM

    Bradshaw will be back. He’s not getting top money elsewhere, and won’t be anyone’s featured back. I have said this repeatedly since he was cut. He has good football left, and Wilson (although I love the kid) is not ready to carry the load alone. Bradshaw may end up a 6-9 carry back with Wilson and Brown getting heavy duty, but his blocking is far superior to both of theirs, and the Giants know they can sign him to close to vet minimum with a few key health-based incentives to give him some added salary and avoid a larger cap hit.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 13, 2013 12:59 PM

    metitometin says: Feb 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Giants taking games for granted? That’s a hot one. The Giants were extremely lucky to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl. If Gronk had been 100% and hadn’t taken that cheap shot from Bernard Pollard, Pats would have won the Superbowl going away. The game wouldn’t even have been close. Gronk was a major part of the Pats offense all year and taking him away 1 game before the end was a major blow.
    ————-

    The Patriots were extremely lucky they weren’t blown out in the Super Bowl. The Giants blew several opportunities early in the game that would have put them up two, even three scores. You guys have had a full year to come up with valid hypotheticals, but continue issuing baselessness. I expect better by now.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:02 PM

    I don’t think there was a game where I could say the Giants quit or any real play where anyone can say, “dang if the Giants had just tried harder…”
    ————–

    I can.

    The 2nd half in PIT was deplorable.

    They quit vs. CIN, ATL and BAL.

    They were going through the motions vs. DAL in Week 1 and mismanaged the clock vs. PHI in Week 4.

    But in the interest of not taking away from anything that CIN, PIT and BAL did, I’ll take those off the table. The complete lack of effort vs. ATL was endemic of “quitting”, and the losses to PHI and WSH should not have happened, as gift wrapped opportunities were blown by both the offense and defense in both games. To lose by less than a FG in both, I’d definitely be justified by saying this.

  20. bigblue5611 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:33 PM

    Giants still flat-out own Brady and the Pats and that’s all that matters. Crybaby Patriot fans will never get over the fact that we shut them down in not one but two Super Bowls

  21. n0hopeleft says: Feb 13, 2013 1:45 PM

    metitometin says: Feb 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Giants taking games for granted? That’s a hot one. The Giants were extremely lucky to beat the Patriots in the Superbowl. If Gronk had been 100% and hadn’t taken that cheap shot from Bernard Pollard, Pats would have won the Superbowl going away. The game wouldn’t even have been close. Gronk was a major part of the Pats offense all year and taking him away 1 game before the end was a major blow.

    _______________________________

    Gronk’s ankle had nothing to do with the interception that Chase Blackburn made on Brady. That was Brady’s fault, and a good play by Blackburn.

    Face it – without a video camera, the Patriots just aren’t as good as you think they are.

    The Giants have proven that 3 times out of the last 3.

  22. cooklynn17 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:52 PM

    Typical: Run your mouth on the way out.

    Tiki Barber 2.0 but with less on field talent.

  23. cooklynn17 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:57 PM

    mullman76 says: Feb 13, 2013 9:43 AM

    That makes sense.

    Rooney, Kraft and Mara run this league. From the Immaculate Deception to the tuck rule and spygate to sanctioning teams in your own division, these owners and their teams always benefit.

    The other 29 are just along for the ride.

    Goodell is a puppet, Goodell is bought and paid for, it is plain as day.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~!~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Really, then why did the Ravens win the SB?…….Genius.

  24. kev86 says: Feb 13, 2013 2:17 PM

    I enjoyed destroying Frisco in October to confirm once again we were just as good as anyone in the NFL. We followed that W with division wins against Skins and Cowgirls.

    I thought it came together when we kicked the snot out of GB in late November but we suffered a brutal 17-16 loss to the Skins the following week. We settled for field goals that game and it cost us big. We followed that loss by dropping a 52 pt. bomb on the Saints and I though all was ok.

    And just when you thought we were ready to make another glorious run the wheels fell off against Atlanta and Baltimore.

    It was fun destroying Reid in his last game which turned out to be the last game for the 2011 Champions.

    Tough schedule. Some tough losses. Some good wins.

    The Giants have enough talent to make some noise again next yer and as a fan Im looking forward to it.

    GO GIANTS!!

  25. cooklynn17 says: Feb 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    bengalguy says: Feb 13, 2013 11:21 AM

    Yeah, the Bengals handed you something all right…….your Arse!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    True, but if I recall correctly the Giants won the same amount of playoff games as the Bengals……that would be zero.

    At least New York can hang their hats on their 4 Superbowl Championships, the Bengals……not so much.

    Hello Kitty………..meow!

  26. cooklynn17 says: Feb 13, 2013 2:27 PM

    truthfactory says: Feb 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    If Eli were truly “elite” he woulda gotten them into the playoffs. You cant only be “elite” or “clutch” when your D is holding the packers, falcons, and Pats to under 20 points in the playoffs then come up short the next season when your needed most.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Actually your needed most in the playoffs and Superbowl and that is where the argument ends. Eli is the best quarterback in postseason pressure situations and has two Superbowl MVP trophies to boot.

    Eli is Elite like hand and glove.

    But thanks for playing and your opinion has been dully noted.

  27. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 13, 2013 2:43 PM

    cooklynn17 says: Feb 13, 2013 1:52 PM

    Typical: Run your mouth on the way out.

    Tiki Barber 2.0 but with less on field talent.
    ———–

    No running of the mouth here. He’s expressing an opinion. One that, given their inconsistent effort and focus, can stand to be justified.

  28. bosspower says: Feb 15, 2013 2:48 AM

    Kevin Killdrive should be released instead of bradshaw. In Philly, Eli driving, killdrive dials up a go route on 3rd and 2 only for offensive PI. Cruz dropped 7 Passes against Dallas in 1st game. Tynes missed a FG in 2nd Washington’s game. So how is it Eli fault???? Not to mention the Steelers game up 10 points in 4th quarter.

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