New York Giants Need Better Production From Their Defensive Ends this Season to be Competitive
With the dynamic introduction of a new breed of quarterback and style of offense exemplified by Washington Redskins’ quarter back Robert Griffen III running the read option, New York Giants’ GM Jerry Reese has gone back to the drawing board to plug the holes in the middle by acquiring large defensive tackles.
In recent years, Big Blue has used something called the Nascar-package to create havoc for the oppositions’ offense. This defensive scheme utilizes four defensive ends on the line, instead of the traditional two defensive tackles and two defensive ends.
Former Giants’ defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo orchestrated this aggressive defense to throw New England Patriots‘ quarter back Tom Brady off of his game by rushing him into making bad decisions by employing more explosive and athletic defensive ends across the line. It was effective and won the Giants a Lombardi trophy for the 2007 season. Since Spagnuolo’s departure, after the 2008 season, the G-Men have continued to use this defensive scheme with diminishing returns.
For the 2013 season the Giants will return the defensive ends back to their traditional positions in an effort to improve the defense. Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore will be the Giants’ four defensive ends that make the 53-man roster. Tuck and Pierre-Paul will play almost exclusively at left and right DE positions instead of switching positions across the line between downs as per the old defensive scheme.
The team has talked about Kiwanuka moving from strong side linebacker to defensive end this season and has worked exclusively at DE at OTAs. However, if the oft-injured Keith Rivers can’t hold up at SLB the Giants may use newly drafted Moore in this role.
The remaining defensive ends on the team’s roster are Matt Broha, Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy and Justin Trattou. Due to the lack of space on the Giants’ roster, most of these players will be cut at the beginning of the season with the exception of Ojomo or Tracy. These two players will either compete for a spot on the practice team or sneak on to the 53-man roster if the Giants’ current corps of linebackers are too weak of a group to be effective.