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  • NY Giants' Defensive Line Poised To Return To Form In 2013

    http://www.giants101.com/2013/05/03/...-form-in-2013/

    Excerpt: "After storming through the NFC and winning their second Lombardi Trophy in five seasons, the New York Giants failed to make the playoffs in 2012 with a team that arguably possessed more talent than the one that took home Super Bowl XLVII. Although there are a number of factors that contributed to the Giants' failures a year ago, the lack of production along the defensive line inhibited defensive coordinator Perry Fewell's defense from operating efficiently.

    In 2011, the rejuvenation of the Giants defensive line enabled the defense to compete with the top offenses from around the NFL. Tony Romo, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady all succumbed to the pressure produced by Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck during the final six games of the season. The Giants were able to sack the quarterback on 7.51 percent of all passing plays, which ranked Big Blue fifth in the NFL.

    Last season, without a healthy or effective Chris Canty to play in the middle of the defense, the Giants sack percentage dropped to 5.82 percent. Over the final three games of 2012, the team was able to get to the quarterback at a dismal rate of 1.94 percent, which was good for the second worst ratio in the league. For the Giants to establish themselves as Super Bowl contenders next season, the defensive line must rebound from its pathetic performance in 2012. With the loss of Osi Umenyiora and an aging Justin Tuck, it's a task that may seem unrealistic, but general manager Jerry Reesehas prepared the team for this moment throughout the offseason.

    With the additions of Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson and Jonathan Hankins at defensive tackle, the middle of the Giants defense has gone from a point of great weakness, to potentially the deepest position on the roster. In 2012, the Giants finished 23rd in the NFL in sacks per game, with 2.1, but 18th in sack percentage. It's a small discrepancy, but it says a lot about how opposing offenses attacked Big Blue last season.

    Without an athletic middle linebacker or a healthy defensive tackle unit, running the football was how team's beat the Giants. Opponents ran the ball an average of 29.1 times per game against the Giants, and averaged 129.1 yards per contest. By running the football down the throat of the defense, the Giants were unable to let their pass rushers take off up-field and get the quarterback. Additional injuries in the secondary to Kenny Phillips, Corey Webster and Prince Amukamara made blitzing a risky proposition, as it was nearly impossible for he team to play effectively in man coverage without a safety over-the-top." Read more...
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  • #2
    Let's hope so. Little early to tell what kind of level this line will be playing at, but Im certainly hopeful.
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    • #3
      all starts up front im pretty stoked for the dline think will help our lb and db big time
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      • #4
        Not sure what else they could have done to make that DL better this year between FA signings and high draft picks.

        It had BETTER be better.

        Or I'll whine more.
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        • #5
          same article last year too.....
          the names were changed to protect the innocent...lol

          I hope they get their collective ***** in gear. Would be nice to have that element of the D back in full force......
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kruunch View Post
            Not sure what else they could have done to make that DL better this year between FA signings and high draft picks.

            It had BETTER be better.

            Or I'll whine more.
            I'll bring the cheese
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            • #7
              Originally posted by GameTime View Post
              same article last year too.....
              the names were changed to protect the innocent...lol

              I hope they get their collective ***** in gear. Would be nice to have that element of the D back in full force......
              They've made moves to make them a better unit, but we won't know until we play the games I'm afraid.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by GameTime View Post
                same article last year too.....
                the names were changed to protect the innocent...lol

                I hope they get their collective ***** in gear. Would be nice to have that element of the D back in full force......
                lol, they say this every year about our D line, look at the other teams in the league there D line is a lot better.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cloud57 View Post
                  lol, they say this every year about our D line, look at the other teams in the league there D line is a lot better.
                  at least we have hope and few new names......
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                  • #10
                    We can't say they didn't address "the trenches."
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                    • #11
                      i think the team has done a good job pluggin holes on the d-line!

                      with the depth at d-tackle noone should run on us! but we'll see.

                      Moore will be a welcome addition to Kiwi, Tuck and JPP and could help the Giants lead the league in defense!
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                      • #12
                        I don't care how good the D-line is. Teams are going to run right pass them and through the Giants weak linebackers unless they are better then we think. I only have confidence in Rivers if he can stay healthy. The giants like to build their defense to pressure the QB more than focusing on stopping the run. I prefer to focus on both the D-line and linebackers instead of just stockpiling in one area. I prefer a 3-4 defense more than than the 4-3 because speed kills more than size. In the end, thank God Eli has gotten better because fans would really see the truth about the Giants.
                        Last edited by NYKiller; 05-03-2013, 03:53 PM.

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                        • #13
                          I think the premise of the article is a bit of a stretch. Depth does not equate to dominance. We certainly cleared out some clunkers and replace them with some interesting guys but I'm going to reserve judgement on this one. I hope the article is right on, we'll see.
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                          • #14
                            On paper, we improved at DT.

                            Losing Osi was a pretty big hit given that our emphasis is on pressuring the QB.

                            Hopefully DaMontre Moore is as solid as he looks. I really liked that pick.

                            Hankins looks stout against the run, so he should occupy space and blockers.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by joemorrisforprez View Post
                              On paper, we improved at DT.

                              Losing Osi was a pretty big hit given that our emphasis is on pressuring the QB.

                              Hopefully DaMontre Moore is as solid as he looks. I really liked that pick.

                              Hankins looks stout against the run, so he should occupy space and blockers.

                              I'm not sure losing Osi was a "hit" given his level of play in 2012. Losing him did make us face the issue with FA and draft signings. I think having Kiwanuka at DE is an upgrade over Osi.
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