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Ranking The Giants: Defensive Line

We continue to Rank The Giants, and today, we Rank the Defensive Line. For years, the defensive line has been the staple of the Giants. But, for whatever reason, this year was different. Injuries played a role, for sure, but the lack of a consistent pass rush hurt the Giants.


Tuck played most of the year with a bum shoulder, so he gets a bit of a pass. The injury definitely affected his effectiveness, as he only had 6 sacks. That’s not Justin Tuck numbers. Still, I thought Tuck played with consistent effort all year, even if the numbers don’t show for it. A healthy Tuck will be a force next year. His grade takes in consideration his play this year, but if he wasn’t hurt, the grade would be much lower.



Osi was a huge disappointment this year. He was coming off an injury, but there were games were he didn’t bother to show up for. He was demoted (rightfully so), and I wouldn’t be shocked if he is another uniform next season. I think it all started when he walked out on a meeting with then-defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan. It’s obvious that Osi didn’t like the scheme, or didn’t like Sheridan, or both. That was the first sign of trouble for Osi, and maybe for the whole defense. Osi can still rush the passer, but now it seems he does it only when he wants to.



I’m a huge fan of Kiwi, and if Osi departs, he will get a lot more playing time. Again, 3 sacks is unacceptable. I do think he has potential, and I think this year was just a down year. He has a ton of talent, and I still think he can produce. He has to improve on the 3 sacks, though.



Injuries made up most of the big free agent signing’s season. Missed 8 games. In the games he did play, he wasn’t that effective. Still, I give this season a pass, as he was injured for half of it, and the injuries played a role in the ineffectiveness.



Another free agent signing. He greatly disappointed. Never saw him make a play. Just had an awful year.



Good player, who is pretty underrated. Really good run stopper, and I think he had a good year. If he can get to the QB more, he would be a Pro-Bowler



After an awesome season last year, he took a HUGE step backwards. He’s getting older, and was coming off knee surgery, but his best trait–getting to the QB—seemed to vanish into thin air this season. He was a borderline Pro-Bowler heading into the season. He’s nowhere near that now



Situational pass rusher who can’t seem to get to the QB any more. Don’t expect him back next year



Injured in preseason,  missed the whole year. Really high on him. Great pass rusher (I still maintain, his sack of Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, was the FASTEST I’ve ever seen a lineman get to the QB. He burst through the line like no other). He’s an important part of this team. Grade is incomplete due to missing year.


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7 Responses to “Ranking The Giants: Defensive Line”

  1. buljos says:

    Agree. Fewell and his new D-line coach will fix this. Bye bye Rocky… you tarnished JR’s reputation as a great evaluator of talent.

  2. Jeremy says:

    I’m huge fan of jay. Tuck said he was due for a breakout year he would have made up for the lack of pass rush by our fat people in the middle. CUT Bernard NOW!!! Robbins thanks for the superbowl memories but good riddens. Wish you the best in your second career. This free agent class was pathetic. Who ever is head of our conditioning staff also needs to be fired. I have no clue how a team can go 11-1 to 9-11 all because of a reciever who really didn’t produce anyway. Injuries suck, Eli’s heel needs to improve fast. And I’m praying Alford comes back 100 percent.

  3. Steve B says:

    I do agree that the Giants will cut Rocky Bernard, but its not like he was a bad pick from the begining.

    According to In 2007 Rocky was rated as the 11th best DT in the league. In 2008 he was rated 14th. So on paper we thought we were getting a good DT, but for whatever reason it didnt work out. And in 2009 with the Giants he was rated as the 49th best DT’s in the league, a huge drop from his last 2 years.

    Same goes for Fred Robbins.
    2007: 21
    2008: 27
    2009: 44

    And if you think those numbers were bad you should take a look at the saftey numbers
    In 2008 we had James Butler, Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson
    James Butler: 13th
    Kenny Phillips: 17th
    Michael Johnson: 79!

    And now last year (2009)
    C.C. Brown: 76th in the league
    Aaron Rouse: 78th
    Michael Johnson: 85th !!


    ProFootballFocus has all the stats from the last 3 years, and its based on a number of categories, but you can see the how each player ranks overall. Like their are four categories for Saftey: Overall, Rush (blitzing), Coverage, and Run defense. I was really suprised how poorely Michale Johnson rated the last 2 years, and he was our STARTING FREE SAFTEY the last TWO years.

    I am now all for Drafting Earl Thomas (FS) in the first round.

    P.S. ProFootballFocus is a really cool site to check out, you can see how are LB’s performed, Pierce was actually the best, Clark is awful in coverage etc….

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  5. CMH says:

    I still wonder why they signed Rocky. If Canty, Robbins and Alford are all healthy, does he even make the team out of camp?

    How much different would the year have been if we had signed Gibril Wilson instead of Rocky and CC?

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