It’s all quiet on the New York Giants‘ front—and that’s just the way they like it.
While the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins garner all the attention in the NFC East with talk about dynasties, the never-ending drama that is America’s Team and superstar Robert Griffin III, the Giants have snuck through the offseason and into the training camp under the radar.
Add in the Giants’ stadium-mates, the New York Jets, who have happily lived in the spotlight. Their trade for NFL media whore Tim Tebow has done everything the Jets hoped it would—get everyone talking about them—while alleviating Big Blue from any media-driven hysteria amongst their players and coaches.
How the NFL champions could be so overlooked is always fascinating, but it’s their low profile that has enabled them to be as successful as they have been under head coach Tom Coughlin in recent years in comparison to their divisional foes.
Any time the Giants have broken from that mold, attracting headlines and seeking attention of their own, they have dwindled from competitive NFC darlings to a struggling, sputtering franchise unable to get out of its own way.
With the focus being off the Giants for much of this offseason despite triumphing over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, their opponents may be faced with a tough task at hand to defeat a dedicated, developing team hungry for another Super Bowl victory in 2012.
It is almost certain the Giants will get no respect in the coming months when the so-called “experts” make their predictions about who will finish where in the NFL. It’s a perennial occurrence for those experts to gush over how much the Dallas Cowboys have supposedly improved or how the Philadelphia Eagles are easily the best NFC East team on paper.
But more often than not in recent years it has been the unsung contingent from New York led by overshadowed Eli Manning, with their dull, well-balanced offensive attack and fearsome sack-happy defensive unit that has vaulted to the top of the NFC East.
The Eagles have always been “the all-hype team”, as Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan put it last season. The Cowboys are always self-deception for those choosing to believe that “this is their year”.
In the end, it’s the team no one is talking about—the New York Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions—that should be all the rage this season. But that’s not the way Coughlin and the Giants like things, so they’re fine with it.
They’re smiling inside knowing they have improved from a year ago. They’re stronger, faster and healthier, primed for a campaign to be the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots did in 2004.
And all those who wish to challenge them in their pursuit, are in for a very rude awakening.
Louis Musto is a New York Giants Featured Columnist for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @LouisMusto.