John Mara was as disappointed as anyone when his defending Super Bowl champions missed the playoffs, and he still hasn't gotten over the back-to-back blowouts in Atlanta and Baltimore that ruined the Giants' season.

The Giants' co-owner however believes "we certainly don't need to tear the whole thing down," nor does he believe his team's championship window is closing. Mara won't believe that as long as he's got Eli Manning on his side.

"He's 32 years old. He's got a lot of years left. So I think our window is still pretty wide," Mara told reporters on Thursday at a press conference at City Hall for next year's Super Bowl XLVIII. "I think as long as he's under center, I think we have a chance to win."

Still, even Mara admitted that next season's Giants won't be the same team that finished 9-7 for the second consecutive season. One year ago, that record was enough to get the Giants into the playoffs so they could go on their championship run. But this season, it just wasn't good enough. That failure, Mara said, "strengthens our resolve to put a better team on the field next year."

"You always have to keep retooling your roster a little bit," Mara said. "I think there's some areas where we need to add a little more depth, and we'll do that. It's important we have a good draft. But I'm very confident in the staff that we have. And I think with a couple of additions, we'll be right back in the hunt next year."

Like everyone in the organization, Mara lamented the injuries that hit key players on the team, including those to receiver Hakeem Nicks and running back Ahmad Bradshaw, particularly late in the season. He also pointed to a defense that "gave up too much yardage . . . too many points."

But rather than wholesale changes this offseason, he pitched the idea of "patience" that has served the Giants so well, particularly over the last nine years.

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