Make no mistake about it, the New York Giants have their sights set on joining the NFL's elite defensive groups this upcoming season and cornerback Corey Webster isn't shying away from high expectations.
"I think we want to be a top five or even the best defense in the league," admitted Webster. "We're coming out here, so all of those are motivating factors for us to get better."
Despite hauling in four interceptions and defending 13 passes in 2012, Webster came under fire by NFL pundits and fans for surrendering his fair share of deep passing plays throughout the course of the season.
The Giants fielded the NFL's fifth-worst secondary in 2012, allowing over 253 passing yards per contest. From the start of training camp, New York's front office led by general manager Jerry Reese is adopting a Super Bowl or Bust mentality by installing a countdown to February's big game at the Giants' Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Webster shares the same vision, and understands the process of developing a championship contending squad.
"I'm talking about the same thing," admitted Webster. "We want to collect rings. Everybody wants to be a championship team. You're only as good as your last game and we want to get back to that style of football."
The Giants are training in the shadow of MetLife Stadium, the site of Super Bowl XLVII, which is a constant reminder of the team's end game this upcoming season. Webster and company are building to represent the NFC in February, but the thought of another team invading their stadium and using their facility makes New York's cornerback cringe.
"It should piss you off," said Webster. "It should motivate you. That's motivation, you know just fuel to the fire. You can do anything you can do, anything in our control and that's coming out here everyday and competing, and playing like a champion."
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
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