After winning Super Bowl XLVI, the New York Giants were unable to return to the postseason last year after posting a 9-7 record in 2012.
Defensive end Chris Canty earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants two season ago and saw the team fail to live up to expectations of a return trip to the playoffs last season. Canty signed this offseason with the Baltimore Ravens, a team coming off a Super Bowl victory of their own.
Canty knows what to expect for a team looking to ascend to the top of the NFL again and warns the Ravens about complacency in trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
“[The] Super Bowl hangover is real,” Canty said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “[You] can’t just show up and win a championship.”
Despite winning the Super Bowl, the Giants entered the 2011 playoffs after sneaking into the playoffs as a wild card team. They just happened to get hot at the right time and rode that momentum to a 21-17 victory over the New England Patriots for their second Super Bowl title in five years. The Giants shouldn’t have had the mindset that they could just show up on cruise control and repeat as champions and it cost them a postseason berth.
With the players they’ve lost this offseason, the Ravens shouldn’t feel they can show up and have wins fall at their feet either. While they still have a very talented roster, Baltimore will have to work for their victories. With his experience in New York, Canty has an opportunity to prepare his teammates so the Ravens don’t suffer the same fate as the Giants this fall.