If the Giants win the Tremendous Bowl this season, Zak DeOssie is aware of precisely what he’s going to do along with his championship ring.
“It can undoubtedly go straight within the security deposit field, that’s for certain,” DeOssie informed The Submit on Wednesday. “Any and all rings are stepping into there any more.”
DeOssie, getting into his 12th season with the Giants, continues to be lacking one of many two Tremendous Bowl rings earned through the 2007 and 2011 seasons. Each rings went lacking in June when the Giants lengthy snapper thinks he positioned them on the highest of his automobile and drove off with out retrieving them. The 2007 ring was later recovered, however the 2011 ring stays lacking, although DeOssie is getting it changed via insurance coverage.
“I’ve by no means been happier about paying my insurance coverage premium for something in my total life,” DeOssie stated.
He wouldn’t thoughts including a 3rd piece of Tremendous Bowl jewellery this season, a notion which may appear farfetched after the Giants suffered a franchise-worst 3-13 file final 12 months. However the hiring of Pat Shurmur as the brand new head coach and drastic modifications to the entrance workplace and the roster has DeOssie, 34, inspired about 2018.
“I don’t like evaluating groups, however what I can do is really feel the heart beat of the locker room and the extent of pleasure and the extent of professionalism,” DeOssie stated. “There’s many alternative methods to strategy this recreation, however I feel coach Shurmur is onto one thing and the gamers appear to be accepting and dedicated. I see quite a lot of the children and the way they’re approaching the sport and caring about their craft. Additionally the extent of accountability that we have now to 1 one other is essential. There’s quite a lot of transparency and quite a lot of communication and I feel it’s good.”
DeOssie, whose father Steve was a linebacker on the Giants 1990 Tremendous Bowl workforce, is the second-longest tenured Big behind Eli Manning, who’s in his 15th season. Like Manning, DeOssie has loved the best of highs as a Big. Final 12 months was the bottom of lows, a catastrophe of a season that result in the firing of normal supervisor Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo.
“We’ve had down years prior to now, however nothing like that,” DeOssie stated. “Probably the most disappointing factor is we couldn’t get out of our personal method. It’s so onerous to win on this league. We simply made too many errors and it snowballed. Probably the most disappointing factor is we couldn’t flip it round. There are ups and downs on this recreation, however in the event you can’t flip it round I feel it’s the final word failure and that’s what I feel you noticed final 12 months.”
Requested if there was something to be taught from final 12 months, DeOssie didn’t hesitate.
“You look across the locker room on the new faces, that’s one approach to be taught,” he stated.
DeOssie is the one given within the Giants present particular groups unit. Punter Riley Dixon, in his third season, was acquired in a commerce with Denver, whereas kickers Marshall Koehn and Aldrick Rosas are unproven free brokers. DeOssie doesn’t thoughts enjoying the function of huge brother.
“As a younger specialist it’s simple to get down on your self actual fast,” he stated. “I nonetheless have my demons I take care of in my 12th 12 months. It’s all about managing ideas and harping on the nice issues and adjusting to unhealthy issues. After we get into the weeds of kicking, it’s not essentially the most thrilling factor, however you be taught to like it; you develop to be coachable; and then you definately sprinkle in slightly enjoyable on high of that.”
The Giants didn’t have a lot enjoyable final 12 months. Shurmur may assist restore that.
“I’m not evaluating him to coaches prior to now,” DeOssie stated. “I simply really feel there’s one thing refreshing about his strategy. He is aware of find out how to talk with the gamers. You look across the league and one of the best coaches know find out how to get utility out of their gamers. That’s what we’re hoping to do right here.”
If all of it works out, DeOssie may get a 3rd ring for that security deposit field.