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    GIANTS' DEFENSIVE TACKLES NEED TO MAKE A PUSH IN 2012

    "The strength of the New York
    Giants
    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.


    Chris
    Canty
    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). Linval
    Joseph
    was right behind him with two sacks, four passed batted, and 49 total
    tackles. Marvin
    Austin
    (torn pectoral in 2011 preseason) has yet to take a football
    snap since 2010. Now-journeyman Shaun
    Rogers
    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
    quarterbacks.




    Seventh-round pick Markus
    Kuhn
    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.




    Dwayne
    Hendricks
    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.




    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”.




    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.


    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."
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Re: GIANTS' DEFENSIVE TACKLES NEED TO MAKE A PUSH IN 2012

    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.

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    • #3
      Re: GIANTS' DEFENSIVE TACKLES NEED TO MAKE A PUSH IN 2012

      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.

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      • #4
        Re: GIANTS' DEFENSIVE TACKLES NEED TO MAKE A PUSH IN 2012

        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.
        Because of all of the effort and examination being poured into these predictions, the draft is a robust market that, in the aggregate, does a good job of sorting prospects from top to bottom.1 Yet despite so many people trying to “beat the market,” no single actor can do it consistently. Abnormal returns are likely due to luck, not skill. But that hasn’t stopped NFL executives from behaving with the confidence of traders.

        http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/...eat-the-draft/

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