05-13-2012, 03:41 PM
GIANTS' DEFENSIVE TACKLES NEED TO MAKE A PUSH IN 2012 (http://www.giants101.com/2012/05/13/new-york-giants-defensive-tackles-need-to-make-a-push-in-2012/)

"The strength of the <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with New York Giants" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/new-york-giants/" rel="tag nofollow">New York
Giants</a> Defense has relied heavily upon the front four. The popularity lies
mostly with the defensive ends: household names of Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora
and Jason Pierre-Paul. Perhaps what needs to happen to make these guys even
better (remember Tom Coughlin’s mantra of “always room for improvement”?) is to
get more out of the defensive tackle position.

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Chris Canty" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/chris-canty/" rel="tag nofollow">Chris
Canty</a> literally stepped up last year. In his 2nd full season (3rd overall –
played only 8 games in 2009) in blue, he recorded four sacks, a safety, a
batted-down pass and 47 tackles (note: these are his best stats to date). <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Linval Joseph" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/linval-joseph/" rel="tag nofollow">Linval
Joseph</a> was right behind him with two sacks, four passed batted, and 49 total
tackles. <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Marvin Austin" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/marvin-austin/" rel="tag nofollow">Marvin
Austin</a> (torn pectoral in 2011 preseason) has yet to take a football (http://www.giants101.com/tag/football/)
snap since 2010. Now-journeyman <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Shaun Rogers" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/shaun-rogers/" rel="tag nofollow">Shaun
Rogers</a> can be that big body in the middle, but his production has clearly
dropped off since his prime (he’s 33 years-old). At 6’4” and 350 pounds, he can
add a different run-stopping dimension to Perry Fewell’s defense, but can
hopefully still push the middle of opposing offenses back and ultimately disrupt

Seventh-round pick <a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Markus Kuhn" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/markus-kuhn/" rel="tag nofollow">Markus
Kuhn</a> may very well add something, eventually. He’s viewed as more of a
project tackle, but is quick off the ball, and is more of a force working inside
against the pass than he is vs. the run, where he can get neutralized at times
by forward-moving lines. He shows good effort. A feisty interior defensive
linemen, Kuhn has a high motor but limited from a skills standpoint. An
underrated athlete, he showed good effort in that year in all areas of his play,
is good to run down plays from the backside and will be a force working from
within. Head Coach Tom Coughlin actually called him “a gym rat who has the
potential to improve.” Project, indeed.</p>

<a class="st_tag internal_tag" title="Posts tagged with Dwayne Hendricks" href="http://www.giants101.com/tag/dwayne-hendricks/" rel="tag nofollow">Dwayne
Hendricks</a> is still waiting for his chance as a practice squad player since
his signing in 2009. He was briefly activated to the 53-man roster in October of
last year – when former Giant DT Jimmy Kennedy was serving his four-game
suspension. The New Jersey native seems destined for a back-up role waiting for
his chance. It’s hard being part of this defensive front as a long shot, as UDFA
DT Martin Parker well knows. Signed as an undrafted in July of 2011, he was
waived August of 2011 when Rocky Bernard was re-signed. Martin was then signed
by Big Blue again in February.</p>

So far, training camp will have seven defensive tackles enter SUNY at
Albany’s campus to earn their roster spot. Well, technically, Canty and Joseph
can breathe a bit easier than the other five that will have to push and push
hard to be a part of the front four (even in rotation) that’s earned nicknames
over the 2011 season of: “The Kraken” and “The Four Horsemen”.</p>

What needs to be built-upon or upgraded is beating their opponents on the
line – stopping the run at the point of attack will help as will the ability to
own the line of scrimmage, not just from a pass-rush stance. The Giants defense
was 19th against the run and 29th against the pass – even though they were tied
for 2nd in the league for total sacks with 48. Most teams opened up their run
game to help their pass game. Keeping the front four off of and away from their
strength (umm, rushing the passer) hurt Fewell’s defense in 2011. The Injuries
were one thing, but basic assignments were another. Running backs getting into
the second line didn’t help.</p>
In 2010, the run defense was 8th overall which helped the pass defense be 9th
overall. While run support comes from all over the defense, it has to be read up
front and communicated all over. What better ways to find improvement than to
get the guys up front to interrupt the hand-off or stop a run play for a loss?
Here’s where the inside guys are going need to make a big “push” in 2012 and get
the ball back into the hands of Eli Manning and company."

05-13-2012, 03:58 PM
Austin says he is healthy and PF said that if you can play football, you can play football.

With his strength and speed he could be a huge force at the DT position. Imagine the pressure on opposing QB's with the DE's they have and now a DT is chasing them down.

05-13-2012, 04:16 PM
I think Austin could play a huge role this season. If he is back to 100%, he will help our dline even more then Joseph last year. He could provide the push and pressure from the middle that can make great DEs that we have look Godly. Barry Cofield never got as much credit as he should of. Austin can provide that of he is back. I loved that pickup. BPA pick. Austin, combined with Canty, Joseph and now Shawn Rogers could be huge. Then OSI, Tuck, Kiwi and JPP on the outside is a thing of beauty. Can't wait to see what Kuhn can do.

05-13-2012, 09:47 PM
Awesome post RF. DT is a key position on any defense. Our most dangerous lines in the 4-3 had great/good DT play from Keith Hamilton to Fred Robbins. We need that run stuffer that dominates the point of attack. I think Joseph or Austin can be that guy.

DT is the most underrated position by fans. The impact they have on the game is unquestionable.