In the history of the NFL there have only been eight "back-to-back" Super Bowl winners.
The Packers, the Dolphins, the Steelers (twice), the Niners, the Cowboys, the Broncos and the Patriots.
In the NFL, "repeat" can seem like a cursed word for most teams; however, when you see a good young team with a great leader at quarterback, a solid defense, a methodical coach and a system that everyone buys into...it can be done.
The New York Giants have all those elements. The two missing ingredients separating the NY Giants and another Super Bowl victory is: luck and depth.
Luck: You can't draft it. You can't trade for it and you can't coach it up. So move on.
Depth: This is the key to winning "back-to-back" Super Bowls for the New York Giants.
If the key to repeating is depth, then the NY Giants must be prepared with a deep squad or have players that are versatile and unselfish.
For example, the Giants showed great depth when offensive guard Kevin Boothe played center for an injured David Bass and unknown Mitch Petrus stepped up and played guard.
In 2012, Big Blue will be bringing back some very familiar faces. Faces that most fans have grown to love and cheer for, but some of these faces have grown unfamiliar due to lack of playing time due to significant injury.
What do we expect from these players and do the Giants have the depth to step in if they fail to be healthy and productive? Key players coming off injury:
1. Terrell Thomas: cornerback
The Giants need the fan favorite and 2010 leader in tackles and interceptions in a big way. With TT back healthy he claim his natural position as nickel corner and Prince Amukamara can start at right corner.
If unhealthy...players like Tyler Sash might be forced into the safety position due to Deon Grant not being re-signed and Antrel Rolle once again being forced to play box corner.
2. Domenik Hixon: wide receiver/kick returner
The speedy receiver plays an extremely pivotal role for the Giants repeating as world champions. With Mario Manningham leaving for the West Coast the third receiver position is very open. Hixon will be asked to compete with Jerrel Jernigan.
Hixon is also a major key to special teams, as No. 87 has been the most successful kick returner the Giants have had over the recent years. Without Hixon the return game has become dismal.
Jernigan and running back/returner Da'Rel Scott will need to step up if Hixon can not go.
Michael Coe, Justin Tryon, Clint Sintim, Travis Beckum, Bruce Johnson and Marvin Austin are also good players that were injured during the 2011 season. These players will be expected to contribute in some fashion whether it be special teams or starting on game day.
If these players are not yet fully healed, are there significant players on the roster to fill there shoes on Sunday? That will determine if the New York Giants can repeat.
Depth is the magic word that can spell "repeat," but some good luck never hurts.