We’ve all heard the stat by now: the 2011 Giants were the first Super Bowl champion to have finished last in the NFL in rushing during the regular season.
That’s over and done with, says veteran guard Chris Snee, and it all starts with having the same personnel on the offensive line back for a full season.
“It’s nice when you’re able to go out there every day and practice and not rotate guys in,” the three-time Pro Bowl selection said on Thursday. “It’s very important for us to stay healthy and get time to work together. We never really had that for the full season last year. Guys would miss practice and miss games, and you can’t have that, especially when you have a new group of guys. That might’ve worked a couple of years ago, when you had those five guys that were together for a long time. The key here for camp is to be out there for the full practices, and get used to playing with one another.”
If “finish” was the theme of 2011, “consistency” might be this season’s buzzword for a team that clawed its way into the playoffs with a 9-7 record.
“I mean you can’t count on nine wins getting you into the playoffs every year,” Snee said. “We definitely need to be more consistent; and the ups and downs, you really can’t explain. Just hope that we continue what we started with that Jets game [Week 16] and play that well.”
>> A glimpse of the Giants’ prize: Fans view Super Bowl trophy displayed at Albany City Hall. [James Allen, Times Union]
>> If by some quirk of the space-time continuum the Giants’ season opener were suddenly tomorrow instead of Sept. 5, only three players on the roster would say they were prepared enough to suit up. [Joshua Robinson, The Wall Street Journal]
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