Bill Sheridans defense was 30th in points
251 in 6 games
178 in the other 10
We lost a big piece on offense this year with Nicks being hobbled all year. The Giants offense was predicated on having an inside-out threat which ran really well with Cruz/Nicks last year. Without Nicks operating at 100%, teams could smother Cruz and we just couldn't execute well enough across the board to make up the difference (not to mention our inability to go to a short game).
On defense we had quite a number of "under performers". Tuck, Osi, CWeb, Boley and Kiwi. Add to that guys who couldn't contribute fully due to injuries such as Canty, JWill and KP and you have a defense that was badly neutered. I don't happen to think THAT many pro-bowl caliber players all of a sudden become "bad" at the same time. It's up to the DC to get everyone on the same page and buy into the schemes that are laid out. That obviously didn't happen this year. I think there is a fairly large disconnect between PF and his players.
Lets look at it this way. Who were the best players on the defense?
JPP with 6.5 sacks?
Prince who only got thrown at 20 or so times all season and missed a few games?
Then who? Stevie Brown?
Then... Osi? Tuck? Linval?
There is not all that much talent on this defense, at all.
All three starting LBs may be gone or in Kiwis case moving to DE.
Webster had a down year who knows if he can recover.
Osi is gone who was second on the team in pressures.
Kiwi was a total non factor at both DL and LB.
It's only somewhat on PF. These guys are professionals and they have not complained all year about the defensive schemes that Perry had them doing. No guts no glory.The defense gave up! Osi was a thorn in the side as usual and hopefully we don't have to put up with him anymore. Tuck was injured and too busy praising the other team before games and our secondary was shot, pass rush, blah, blah, blah!
"There is winning and there is Misery"
How could anyone question Eli and the offense? They played great this year. Most of their money is invested in the offense and they scored 14 points in two games, 7 of those in garbage time. On top of that the turnovers that set up the opposition in the red zone should not count either right?