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    LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    "The New York Football
    Giants are famous for their mid-eighties to early-nineties linebackers – the
    “Big Blue Wreckin’ Crew”, if you will.



    New York
    Giants
    players Mathias Kiwanuka (94), Derrick Martin (C), and Chase
    Blackburn
    (93) wait on the sidelines during practice for the NFL Super Bowl
    XLVI in Indianapolis, February 2, 2012. The New York
    Giants
    will play the New England Patriots on February 5. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes
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    Things have changed in the game, but the defensive memories haven’t. The
    upcoming date in March (Free Agency) is usually the preamble to the annual
    calling for a new face at linebacker that will hopefully be deemed a
    difference-maker.




    Jersey's of past playmakers at the position can still be seen at any Giants
    sports event: Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Carl Banks, Gary Reasons and Pepper
    Johnson to name a few. One quite important point is that these great linebackers
    played in a base 3-4 defense. Their role was more heavily relied-upon for
    pressure than current years’ 4-3 base defense. The 3-4 actually puts a premium
    tag on the linebacker position as far as importance (cue the "they should switch
    to a 3-4" chatter).




    Since the New York
    Giants
    actually became well-known for their fearsome pass-rush, the reality
    of the need for a big-name LB has (to the doubt of many) diminished. The 4-3
    base utilizes the stress of pressure from the front four. It is, without a
    doubt, why the fact that a defensive end getting drafted in the first round is
    no longer such a joke for this franchise. “You can never have too many pass
    rushers” was a firm belief of since-retired Giants General Manager Ernie
    Accorsi, and it’s worked for the types of defenses run here as of late –
    especially with Defensive Coordinators Steve Spagnuolo and Perry Fewell.




    The current roster of linebackers: Michael
    Boley
    , Mathias Kiwanuka, Chase
    Blackburn
    , Jacquian Williams, Greg
    Jones
    , Mark Herzlich, Spencer Paysinger, Jonathan
    Goff
    and Clint
    Sintim
    aren’t “Big Name/Game” guys. They are, rather, hard-working,
    team-oriented, blue-collar, give-all-they’ve-got players that don’t mind coming
    off the field in the heavily-used nickel and dime packages. They play special
    teams and take pride in doing anything to contribute to a positive outcome for
    the New York Football
    Team. They’re humble guys with big hearts for football…and they “fit” on this team.




    It’s a hard time to decide upon the future of some of these linebackers as
    General Manager, Jerry Reese prepares for March and Free Agency, then April and
    the 2012 NFL Draft.


    Neither has “Linebacker” in the pressing “Need” column.
    “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: LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    anyone remeber when Paysinger leveled Benjarvis Green-Ellis in Superbowl 46 (accidentally taking out JPP for a play or two) after the Patriots initiated the hard hitting by clocking Nicks out of bounds on a pass?

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    Re: LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    [quote user="NYGRealityCheck"]anyone remeber when Paysinger leveled Benjarvis Green-Ellis in Superbowl 46 (accidentally taking out JPP for a play or two) after the Patriots initiated the hard hitting by clocking Nicks out of bounds on a pass?[/quote]

    Good point. What we often seem to fail to realize is that the coaches see these players at practice and in meetings that we are not privy to. The see the "potential" of each player and base their personnel decisions, in part, on those expectations.
    “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: LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    I am pretty sure that was Blackburn not Paysinger who made that big tackle in the superbowl. But anyways, the Giants LB isn't nearly as much as a liability as it was in the past. However, there is room for improvement in my mind so I do not think it is a position to just push aside and say we are good.

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    Re: LINEBACKER NO LONGER A NEED OR A WEAKNESS FOR GIANTS

    Yes, that huge hit was by blackburn not paysinger. But to get to the point, i believe we have a plethora of young talent at the LB position. Williams looks like he could be a big impact player on this defense for many years to come. Herzlich is another year removed from cancer and paysinger doesnt look like a slouch either. Ive wanted reese to go out and get a big name LB, or pick one up early in the draft for years now. But this year, im fine with what we have. Hopefully we do resign Goff though.

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