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  • NY Giants Keep Or Dump: Justin Tuck

    http://www.giants101.com/2013/01/17/...p-justin-tuck/

    Excerpt: "New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck was practically invisible in 2012. In fact, he was invisible for the vast majority of 2011 as well. In the final six games of 2011, Tuck had 5.5 sacks and 18 tackles. He was an instrumental aspect of the Giants 2011 Super Bowl victory, which is perhaps the only reason he's still going to be on the roster again next season.

    In the the other 30 games the team has played during that time period, the eight year veteran out of Notre Dame has just seven sacks. Without a productive Justin Tuck, the Giants vaunted pass rush was non-existent and the team ranked in the bottom third of the league in nearly every major defensive statistical category in 2012.
    Obviously, Justin Tuck brings a lot more to the Giants defense than just rushing the passer. Tuck is the captain of the defense and provides veteran leadership to a team that has won two Lombardi Trophies in the last six seasons. Clearly, his level of play has dropped significantly. However, in an offseason that could see the team part ways with Ahmad Bradshaw, Kenny Phillips, Osi Umenyiora, and/or David Diehl, it gets to a point where it would no longer be prudent to further diminish the leadership of this roster.

    General manager Jerry Reese already said he expects Tuck back next season. There's a chance that changes between now and the start of free agency, but it's unlikely the team changes their stance on that issue. Tuck still has one year and $4.5 million dollars remaining on his contract, which is a salary that he did not play up to last season. If he wasn't the captain of the defense and the proud owner of two Super Bowl rings, this probably wouldn't be a debate. The team would not pay a salary that large to a player who has shown serious signs of decline." Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Justin, I love you..but I think your time is up.
    Mood: WOOF!

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    • #3
      Eh, $4.5 million isnt all that much money, and hes still an excellent run defender.

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      • #4
        Don't think the Giants can just simply replace Tuck AND Osi in that defense. Tuck stays... Plus it will be his "contract year"
        Last edited by BigBlueAllDay; 01-17-2013, 09:34 PM.

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        • #5
          tuck is a little below average. the only thing he has over other players at that position might be experience.
          Don't take it personal, we're just debating.

          ~Big Mike~

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          • #6
            Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
            and hes still an excellent run defender.
            Very true

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            • #7
              Assuming Osi is leaving, we will have Tuck, JPP, and Kiwanuka (LB) available at DE/DT. Also assuming we'll have Canty (maybe), Joseph, and/or Bernard. If Tuck is still an effective run defender, do we put Tracy and/or Ojomo in rotation?
              “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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              • #8
                Originally posted by Marvelousmik View Post
                tuck is a little below average. the only thing he has over other players at that position might be experience.
                not true everybody else underperformed. There was no better player

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
                  Eh, $4.5 million isnt all that much money, and hes still an excellent run defender.
                  This.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
                    Eh, $4.5 million isnt all that much money, and hes still an excellent run defender.
                    He wasn't this year. He was invisible all year.
                    #80

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nhpgiantsfan View Post
                      He wasn't this year. He was invisible all year.
                      He actually was good against the run.

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                      • #12
                        I will always consider Tuck one of the former greats for the Giants, but unfortunately "former" is the key word. Leadership is important, but it may be time to see who can step into that role, because even when with the team, he wasn't living up to the leadership role. Rolle is probably the next veteran leader for the defense, he still has a desire to play. I think we need to go with JPP, Kiwi, Tracy and Ojomo and possibly look for a FA veteran that can come in as an insurance policy. It is time to reload the front seven and some of that may already be on the roster.
                        My goal had been to win a championship, work toward the Hall of Fame, have my jersey retired by the team and I`d go in as a lifelong New York Giant, but I`m now resigned to the fact that this won`t happen. -- Michael Strahan, just when you think you're down...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Buddy333 View Post
                          He actually was good against the run.
                          yeah but that's when the RB is running up the middle

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                          • #14
                            Before 2011 Tuck seemed to play well and get pressure from the tackle spot. Any chance he could slide back inside? Maybe he could help shore up the interior run defense. Or is he too beat up to move inside?
                            # 80 (For FBomb)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Cloud57 View Post
                              yeah but that's when the RB is running up the middle
                              No... thats when the RB runs to the side Tuck is at.

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