Giants owner John Mara believes that toughness was the element that was missing in 2012 as the team failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and failed to make the playoffs.
Mara told Alex Marvez and Jim Miller on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the team’s offensive and defensive lines have to get tougher if the Giants are going to get back to the Super Bowl.
“We need to re-establish that toughness in front,” Mara said. “Teams ran the ball against us too easily last year. That’s an area of concern. And the offensive line, that performance needs to get a little better, too.”
Mara said the addition of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins is one of the steps toward getting tougher.
“Our defensive line we feel like we have improved with Cullen, who all of our [personnel] people just loved,” Mara said. “He’s been a terrific player and very durable. Actually, one of the biggest proponents to bring him was [Giants guard] Chris Snee, who’s had to play against him. He said this guy is a heck of a player.”
Now Snee will be practicing against Jenkins. And Mara can only hope they make each other tougher.