The New York Giants have not won a playoff game since Super Bowl XLVI, which was Osi Umenyiora’s second-to-last season with the team and three years prior to his retirement from football.

Despite those recent struggles, which have led to two head coaching changes and a new general manager, Umenyiora believes the Giants are close to resurfacing as Super Bowl contenders.

“They’re not too far way from getting back to the Super Bowl,” Umenyiora told NJ Advance Media. “Things can turn around quick. Look what the Rams just did. It took them two years, but they still got here. I don’t think the Giants are that far away at all.”

Furthermore, Umenyiora believes his former teammate, quarterback Eli Manning, still has plenty left in the tank and so long as he’s protected, can still win big games for Big Blue.

“No, not yet,” Umenyiora said, when asked if Giants should move on from Manning. “Eli still has it. Eli’s the man. As long as you can protect him, as long as you give him a good running game, he has the receivers, he has the good arm-strength. I think Eli’s going to be fine.”

Even with several additions this offseason, including left tackle Nate Solder and left guard Will Hernandez, the Giants’ offensive line still struggled a bit in 2018, allowing a career-high 47 sacks of Manning en route to a 5-11 record.

Early indications are that Manning will be returning as the team’s starter in 2019, so both he and Umenyiora will have one final opportunity to prove the critics wrong — Eli on the field and Umenyiora through the media.