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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Mara: Giants could be as good as '11 squad

By Ohm Youngmisuk



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- John Mara admits that he's still not over last year's failed title defense.

But the New York Giants co-owner believes this team can go far -- as far as the Giants did in 2011. Mara believes this year's team has the potential to win it all.

"I look at us on paper, and I think we're every bit as good as that team," Mara said. "But there's a long way to go between the paper and proving it on the field. But we have enough talent to compete with anybody."

Of course, that team was 7-7 until it won its final six games, including the Super Bowl. Mara hopes this team will be highly motivated considering it has several players playing on one-year contracts.

"We've got a lot of guys on one-year deals who have a chance to reinvent themselves and re-establish their careers," Mara said. "They're going to be highly motivated. And we filled in some needs for ourselves. I think we had a good draft. So yeah, I'm excited about it."

"Hopefully we'll stay healthy, and I think we can be as good as anybody," Mara added.

With so many players on one-year deals, the Giants could look drastically different next season. Still, Mara doesn't believe the team's window to contend is closing.

"We will see what this year's draft class does, and we obviously have a quarterback in place who has won a couple of Super Bowls who is in his prime," Mara said of Eli Manning. "[We need good] health and [to] play better on defense, and we need to play better up front, and we think we have added some pieces that will allow us to do that.

"But I don't look at it like that like our window is closing and we better do something now," Mara continued. "We are never going to change how we operate. We still focus on the draft and on adding free agents, be it short term or long term, that are going to help us."

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