It was once said about Bill Parcells that he wasn’t happy unless something was wrong. He needed to fix something or he was miserable.
The same thing could be said about the New York Giants, every time they seem to get rolling, they stumble only to fix themselves for the better.
Last year’s team that eventually won the Super Bowl had to scratch and claw to make the playoffs, let alone go on the road and beat Green Bay and San Francisco in back to back weeks just to make the Super Bowl.
Adversity seems to be a good friend to the Giants and dropping two straight games before the bye gave them the strife they needed to stoke their fires. However, in 2012, the Giants are 7-4 and in first place in the NFC East.
Victor Cruz feels that the Giants haven’t lost that hunger regardless of what their record or division position says. Cruz spoke to Mike Francesa on WFAN in New York about how the Giants are still a hungry team and that they haven’t changed a bit.
“I feel great about this team. I think we’re hitting our stride once again at the perfect time and we just gotta continue it. We understand exactly where we’re at. We understand exactly where a win on Monday night would put us as far as the division, and we want to take advantage of it.”
“I think we’re similar (to the 2011 team). I think our mindsets are a little different in terms of, we know we control our own destiny. We’re at the top, we’re first in our division, and we just have to hold onto it. As opposed to last year where we were kind of scratching and clawing and things like that.
But it’s funny because we still play like our backs are against the wall each and every game. It still feels like we’re that team that was 9-7 last year and still trying to scratch and claw out. So I think as long as we keep that mentality we’ll do well towards this final stretch and into the playoffs.”