Many teams experience a letdown season after winning a Super Bowl. As the world champion, every player has a bullseye on the back of his jersey.
The Super Bowl champion Giants have the added challenge of playing in New York (well, technically New Jersey) under the largest media microscope.
Many players on Big Blue’s roster were around during their previous championship, and Eli Manning has progressed in leaps and bounds as a quarterback and leader in the interim since.
The team at least possesses experience coping with success: in 2008 the Giants finished with a 12-4 record before bowing out of the playoffs in the divisional round.
The Giants and head coach Tom Coughlin will be going into the 2012 season with the same gritty determination that they have exhibited through their championship years. How that grit holds up against three daunting questions remains to be seen.
If Hakeem Nicks feels lingering effects from his foot injury, how will the Giants’ offense compensate?