Asked where his team's mindset is today as the New York Giants began minicamp, coach Tom Coughlin lauded the effort and then said, "I think there is a sense of we want to be better, we are not happy with the way it ended last year."
The way it ended, of course, was a 23-11 home loss to the Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff. The Birds went to Arizona for the NFC Championship Game and the Giants went home.
Running back Brandon Jacobs took the mood one step further: "We have a very bitter, bad, disgusting taste. It hurts more than anything," Jacbos said. "We know how good we were last year and the opportunity we had in front of us. We did not take advantage of it the way we were supposed to. We have another crack at it and I think we are going to have the same kind of season. I think we are going to go a little bit further."
Added returning defensive end Osi Umenyiora: "Obviously, I think we were one of the better teams in the NFL last year throughout the season," he said. "I think we didn't finish. I think we should have won the Super Bowl, but we didn't quite get that done. This year that is exactly what we are trying to accomplish."
There is still plenty of time before training camp even begins, but the sound bites are already popping in New York.