As the guys who wrote the book on "how to stop prolific offenses in an era where the rules favor the offense."
With passing, receiving and scoring records dropping like flies this season it's easy to see that the game has become an offensive one. The Patriots, the Saints and the Packers are regarded as the three best teams in the league while all having suspect defenses. People are starting to say that the mantra of "defense wins championships" is becoming an antiquated one.
But as we know, nothing lasts forever in the NFL. When one team or teams comes up with a way to dominate another team comes up with a way to stop it. The 3-4, the zone blitz, the west-coast offense, the no huddle, the Tampa 2, etc. all of these things were born out of the necessity to stop a trend that was starting to take over in the NFL.
With the high passing yards, high points, air it out trend starting to take over teams are thirsty to find a way to stop it. With the current rules not allowing defenses to essentially beat the hell out of the offense the task has become much harder.
Nevertheless, it's starting to look like the Giants have started getting people to recognize there is a way to stop. That way, is to get pressure with your front four and exclusively your front four.
Now, this is certainly not to say that the Giants team this year is going all the way or anything else. They are playing great and the sky is the limit, but I am talking beyond this post-season. Frequently when coaches, teams, recruiters and players are pioneering a new approach or system to the game, they get little fan-fare. But years later history will remember those coaches, teams, players, recruiters will be recognized as having started the trend.
I believe every team is going to start trying to hoard DE's like the Giants have. You will see teams making bigger moves for DE and DT's in the off-season and in the draft all with the hope of being able to do "what the Giants do."
Again, this may not result in a slew of championships for us (there is after all offense and special teams that need to click to win it all). This is merely to say that people in this org currently (with the exception of Spags who has since moved on) may very well get the credit for finding the formula for stopping the huge play offenses of early 21st century.
Wow, that was a much longer post than I expected....hope it made sense, ha ha ha.