Who's to blame? No one! Folks, it's the year after a SB victory. History tells us that a repeat SB is way harder than getting the first one. We are not the first team to disappoint after a SB victory. Even before the salary cap era winning 2 in a row proved difficult, but even more so now. Is our performance really that shocking? We barely got in the playoffs last year and this year we barely missed the playoffs. Our play follows a trend during the Coughlin era. Sure the Oline struggled, especially with run blocking, the defense also struggled, but those problems were present last year. We weren't able to right the ship this time around.
Honestly I was more disappointed in 2008 than this year. This year the struggles on defense were familiar. In 2008 we dominated all year long and laid an egg in the playoffs. The reality is it's hard to keep that hunger and focus after achieving the ultimate goal in any aspect of life- football is no different. The great great players have that internal drive that keeps them focused regardless of what they've achieved, but it's rare to be able to perform at that level as a team in football- the ultimate team sport.
Let's not start getting critical of Eli, or the coaches, or any other players. The same coaches that brought us 2 SBs in 5 years lost this year. As a fan I give them a pass this year. Ever year won't be magical but 20011-12 was the stuff of legends. I think we were a good team that got hot, and as such we can't win when we are not at our best. If you're going to repeat you usually need to be good enough to win even when things aren't clicking and that isn't us. We got ALL the breaks last year and the opposing team made all the gaffes, but this year...not so much. It was good run, but it's draft research time boys.