’Tis the season for every team in the NFL to be optimistic, what with training camp just opening for most teams and the preseason just around the corner.
The New York Giants are coming off a season in which they started 0-6, losing three of those games in blowout fashion, before bouncing back to go 7-9.
Quarterback Eli Manning threw more interceptions than any other QB in the league, the Giants lost four starters off a papier-mache offensive line and, oh by the way, for the first time in his career, Manning is having to learn a new offense.
“The faces change, but the expectations don’t,” Weatherford said. “He’s expecting to win a Super Bowl, I think we all are. I think the fans are expecting that. He’s kind of a victim of his own success and what I mean when I say that is he’s won two Super Bowls for this franchise—and he’s done it in about (seven years).
“It’s about time for another one. That was an unbelievable opportunity for me to be a part of that team to win a Super Bowl in 2011-12 and to be able to share that with the fans.”
The Giants have a new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo, who was previously the quarterbacks and tight ends coach in Green Bay for the last eight seasons.
“We’ve got a new offensive playbook and I think that’s going to be good for Eli,” Weatherford said. “It’s up-tempo. We’re going to keep defenses on their heels and it’s going to be a dynamic attack.”
Of course, if Big Blue does get to the playoffs, all bets could be off—since 2007, the Giants have only made the postseason three times but are 8-1 once they get there. They won two Super Bowls as a wild card and lost in their only appearance as a division winner.