Justin Tuck sees a similarity between this New York Giants team and the two squads he was a part of in recent years that won two Super Bowl titles.
After some ups and downs this season, the Giants have straightened things out a bit at 5-3, coming off a tight divisional win this past Sunday over the Philadelphia Eagles. The recent three-game winning streak comes after a stretch where the Giants lost three in a row and looked like a team that was headed in the wrong direction and potentially out of the playoffs. So much for that $200 million offseason spending spree – or so it seemed at the time. Instead of folding, however, the Giants have reeled off three hard-fought wins to right the ship.
But Tuck, who won the Super Bowl with the Giants in 2007 and again in 2011, thinks that the spine and determination of this Giants team has them headed in the right direction. He sees the same characteristics in this team as he did in the two championship sides.
Those Giants teams weren’t dominant by any stretch but often found the will to win and very often, did so late in games.
Tuck spoke to the media on Tuesday in a conference call to discuss his Ring of Honor induction this upcoming Monday night.
“They’re winning football games. They’re finding out ways to win in the fourth quarter. That’s been the Achilles heel the last few seasons. I think it reminds me a lot of some of my Super Bowl years. We weren’t winning games in a great fashion, but for the majority of the year we were winning football games,” Tuck said. “You find out a lot about your team. A lot of character stuff comes with that. I think that bodes well when you come to playoff time. I’m excited about that fact. I think there’s still things that they need work on. I think they’ll continue to improve. I’m excited for this run here. They’re 5-3 heading to the midway point in a league and a division where anything can happen. Everything is still up for grabs. I always say to myself that when you have a veteran quarterback like Eli that’s been there, done that, you always have a chance. I’m excited for this second half of the season.”
Having played 11 seasons in the NFL, Tuck wore Giants blue nine of those years. In four of those seasons he registered double digit sacks. He was twice a Pro Bowl selection.