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Chris Canty's advice to new team: Super Bowl hangovers are real!

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holds the Vince

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. (Feb. 3, 2013) Credit: AP

For the second year in a row, Chris Canty will be trying to defend a Super Bowl title. Last year it was with the Giants and the one he earned. This year it will be with the Ravens and one he wasn’t around for. But he has some advice for his new teammates based off what he learned with the 2012 Giants.

“That Super Bowl hangover deal is real, I’ll start by saying that,” Canty said last night at the ESPN The Magazine Pre-Draft party in Manhattan.

He went on to say that the 2012 Giants suffered from it and finished with a 9-7 record and no playoff appearance.

“I think everybody was enjoying basking in the glow of being Super Bowl champions,” Canty said. “Almost three million people on a parade through the Canyon of Heroes, it was that kind of reality for us throughout the whole offseason last year, and I don’t think guys approached putting our team back together and going through what we needed to go through in order to be able to compete for a championship in the 2012 season. It worked against us.

“And you saw it late in the season. Teams were outplaying us, they were fundamentally more sound than us, they were better technique-wise than us, and we were outplayed, plain and simple. So those are some of the lessons that I’m trying to instill in some of the guys, some of the younger guys, now, so they understand, listen, you just can’t show up and win a championship. You have to go through the process, that’s what it is.”

Canty said one aspect that will help the Ravens is the turnover they have had.

“I think guys are looking at it in the perspective of we have to put our football team back together and it’s going to be different,” he said of the Ravens. “I think some people realize it more than others, but you have to put your team back together anew every season, and I think that mentality is going to bode well for us in the offseason program and moving forward through minicamps and training camps.”

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