Defensive end Justin Tuck could care less if the New York Giants started 0-2 in 2007, and then went on to beat the undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.
“I don’t want to hear it,” the Giants’ defensive captain said Monday, via the New York Daily News. “I really don’t. I’m tired of that phrase, ‘We’ve been here before.’ So what?”
Tuck refuses to use the 2007 season as motivation for this year as the Giants remain winless after losses to Dallas and Denver.
“2007 was its own year,” Tuck said. “If we allow ourselves to use that as a crutch, and say we’ve done it before, then we’ll end up like we did last year.”
Tuck says 2012 was also a season to forget, one year after beating the Patriots again in the Super Bowl.
“Last year we were saying ‘we’ve done it before’ and we got blown out the last two games and didn’t make it to the playoffs,” Tuck said. “This year has to be this year. We have different players, different mentalities and it’s different circumstances.”
“If you hear me use that phrase again,” he added, “you have permission to punch me in the stomach.”
Victor Cruz disagrees with Tuck and says he will use the 2007 and 2011 seasons as reminders that there is still a lot of football to be played.
“I don’t think it’s using it as a crutch. It’s just reminding the team that it’s Week 3,” he told the Daily News. “We’re confident in the fact that we’ve been here and we can pull ourselves out.”