The Giants haven’t lost any confidence despite not having played their best football for over a month.
In fact, if anything, Justin Tuck thinks the defending champs might have been too confident and “borderline cocky,” even amid a two-game slide.
When asked whether the Giants have lost any confidence in recent weeks, Tuck said the team needs to focus more.
“Not confidence, just maybe a little focus,” Tuck said. “We lost a little focus, and I think everybody on this team feels that we can be the best team in the league when we’re playing our style of football.”
“We have to find a way to get back to playing [better] because it’s going to be needed leading up to these next weeks,” Tuck added. “But confidence, naw, I think we’ve always been very confident. Sometimes maybe too confident — borderline cocky a little bit. But our confidence will never be … I don’t think it will ever waver on this team.”
But perhaps more than anything, the Giants say they need to slightly alter their mental approach.
“I think at times we got a little complacent,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said in his weekly interview on WFAN radio on Tuesday. “At times, we felt that no matter what happens, no matter where we get the football and catch the football, as a receiver no matter where we cut our route or no matter what depth, we are going to catch the ball and everything will be good. That wasn’t the case, and we learned that the hard way.”
“We have to just keep getting better,” Cruz added. “I don’t think we got cocky.”
“We have been down this road before,” Tuck said of the Giants winning six straight games last year to win the Super Bowl. “I know the leadership, and the veteran guys know what we are up against. We have come out of these situations on top more than not.
“But every year is different,” he added. “We can’t rely on the fact that we have the experience of being in these situations. We have to go out and play the game and play it at a high level to be successful.”