Chemistry, status of key assistant pose questions for new champions
The Giants have all the elements needed to win consecutive Super Bowls, including youth and relative roster stability. But there are some questions about the futures of key players and an assistant coach.
PHOENIX -- Even in the wake of a thrilling Super Bowl XLII, it's hard to project whether the New York Giants' 17-14 upset victory over the New England Patriots can translate into a repeat title-game trip.The Giants have all the elements of a team that has a chance to repeat. Eli Manning won four straight games in this year's playoffs and has been a regular in the playoffs for three straight years. He has arrived. New York entered the season as the eighth-youngest team in football. Coach Tom Coughlin became more player-friendly when he established a players' council that helped him relay his message. And finally, the Giants should not have to remake the roster.
For a couple of weeks, Manning had to adjust because of the injury."Yeah, it was sore for the next couple of weeks," Manning said. "During practice, any time we had a deep throw, I couldn't make the throw, I'd kind of say, 'Hey, I would have thrown it to the post, but I'd take the 5-yard checkdown.' Probably after three or four weeks, it felt fine. I was able to make all of the throws. I don't think it affected me as the season went on." This was a special year for the Giants. Everything came together. Although it might be hard to repeat it, at least this team should have a chance to be around the playoffs for several more years. And, who knows, everything might come together the way it did in Super Bowl XLII. John Clayton, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame writers' wing, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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