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Ahmad Bradshaw: Giants thought games would be handed to them

Ahmad Bradshaw

New York Giants’ Ahmad Bradshaw sits on the sidelines after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


Running back Ahmad Bradshaw is still open to returning to the Giants after the team dumped him last week to get out from under his salary.

If he does return to the team, he’s got a pretty strong message to send them about why the 2012 season ended well short of the Super Bowl-winning heights that the Giants reached during the previous season. Bradshaw said that the team had an unrealistic sense of entitlement coming off their second title in the Tom Coughlin era and that they sat waiting for games to fall in their lap instead of taking matters into their own hands.

“Everybody seemed to think the season would come together in one game,” Bradshaw said on the NFL Network, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “We didn’t have the chemistry we had the year before. ... We didn’t play together, take advantage of the opportunities we had. ... Everyone thought the games would just be handed to us. It was a tough season.”

In the last six years, the Giants have gone 10-6 twice and 9-7 twice. Each regular season record set up one run to the Super Bowl title and each led to one playoff-less season, which definitely supports the notion that the best thing the Giants can do for themselves is to put themselves into positions where they don’t need to rely on the kindness of others to wind up with a ticket to the postseason dance.

Bradshaw would likely agree with that, even though it seems the Giants think the best way to make that happen is by leaving Bradshaw behind on the road to 2013.