NEW YORK – The New York Giants defense was atrocious in 2009. It was embarrassing to watch the games in public, especially towards the end of the season. To be fair, it was the injuries that ultimately did the team in last year. There seemed to be two or three players going down or on the IR list every single week. It became so frustrating to see second or third string players on defense trying to contain first stringers on the opposing offenses. The 2009 season was a tough pill to swallow and something that I pray I will never have to endure again in my lifetime. Head Coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese went straight to work when the 2009 season ended and brought in coaches and players, who will see to it that it doesn’t happen again.
So here we are now, in the middle of the 2010 NFL season and things are looking up. In fact, the New York Giants defense is owning teams this year and completely dominating opposing offenses. We are now at the bye week in week 8 and the Giants are 5-2 and in 1st place of the NFC East. The G-men have knocked 5 QB’s out of games this year including Tony Romo and Jay Cutler to name a few. They aren’t playing dirty either, all of the hits on the QB’s were legal and just unfortunate occurrences for these gentlemen.
You have to give credit to new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who has become a favorite to the guys in the locker room and the fans in the stands. He is a huge upgrade from former DC Bill Sheridan who only lasted one season (2009) as the Big Blue DC. Fewell is known as a secondary specialist and it shows with Big Blue having the second best defense against the pass so far this season. They also have the number two overall defense in the NFL thus far.
The Giants secondary has been lights out this year. I have given them the nickname of the “UFO Backfield” because they are flying all over the place. Someone on twitter called the Giants “Nascar” formation (when they have four defensive ends lined up to speed rush the QB) the Blue Swarm, which I thought was a cool name. The point I’m trying to make is that when you start getting the fans to give your defense a nickname, they must be doing something right. The Big Blue Wrecking Crew is getting a upgrade to their name or at the very least, adding another group of tags to be remembered forever. The 2010 Giants could be something special and end up as a top 3 defense by years end in my opinion. Keep up the great work and get those players healthy for the second half of the season.
What do you think about the improvements to the New York Giants defense this year? Is there anything you would do differently?
RD – nygreporter.com