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Ranking The Giants: Linebackers

We continue to Rank the Giants, whether you like it or not. This edition will focus on the linebackers. When the Giants signed Michael Boley, I thought it would end the “revolving door” at weakside linebacker. Injuries hurt his chance of doing that, but I still like him. Let’s Rank the Giants, Linebacker style.

ANTONIO PIERCE:

The “heart and soul” of the Giants defense. Was he losing effectiveness? Sure. That, and his injury had a lot to do with the poor performance of the Giants defense. He makes all the audibles, and is a tremendous leader. But, he is not as good in coverage anymore. Teams target him in the short passing game all day long. He’s getting towards the end.

GRADE: 80

MICHAEL BOLEY:

Ton of talent, needs to stay healthy. When healthy, he’s a tremendous pass rusher, and pretty good in coverage. We’ll see more of him next year. I expect him to make a big impact.

GRADE: 84

DANNY CLARK:

I’m a huge fan of his. Good run stopper. Just makes plays. Can’t see him back, though. With Bryan Kehl and Clint Sintim, there is really no need for him. He’ll get a nice deal on the free agent market.

GRADE: 82

JON GOFF:

Showed a lot in his starting stint. Great in coverage, really fluid, athletic. I think he has star potential. Could start next year.

GRADE: 82

CLINT SINTIM:

Didn’t play much, but showed a knack of at getting to the QB. More of a pass rush specialist, he’ll probably start at strongside linebacker next year. Ton of potential.

GRADE: 76

CHASE BLACKBURN:

Great special teamer, but that’s about it. Heart and soul type player, just isn’t athletic enough to be starter. He does his job–special teams–and does it exceptionally well.

GRADE: 70

BRYAN KEHL:

Lot of talent, hasn’t had the opportunity to put it together. Reminds me of Goff. Fast, athletic, fluid. He’ll play a bigger role next year.

GRADE: 72


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6 Responses to “Ranking The Giants: Linebackers”

  1. Russo says:

    No one above an 84….something has to change there. Cant wait till we rate Safetys…

  2. Júlio César says:

    even whit a 84 as a higher rate, i still think u overrated the LBs… their numbers should be even lowers

  3. Russo says:

    yeah our LBs are S@#!

  4. Steve B says:

    Link:
    http://profootballfocus.com/by_position.php?tab=by_position&season=2009&pos=ILB&stype=r&runpass=&teamid=-1&numsnaps=25&numgames=1

    According to ProFootballFocus.com (the site I love) they ranked all the ILB/MLB for the 2009 regular season, there was 54 MLB who played at least 25% of the snaps. #1 best overall, 54 being the worst overall.

    A.P.: #40 overall
    He played 506 snaps, was ranked 40th in rushing category (blitzing), coverage suprisingly ranked 15th, and run defense ranked 47th.

    Our outher MLB didnt play enough so here are there individual stats: (note: positve numbers are good, negative numbers are bad) I will also put in () where they would rank out of the 54 MLB if they had played more snaps

    Also: Just for comparison these are Pierce’s numbers (who was ranked 40th out of 54)

    Pierce: 506 snaps
    -1.0 overall (ranked: #40th out of 54)
    -0.9 rush/blitz (#40)
    3.7 pass coverage (#15)
    -3.3 run defense (#47)

    Goff: 248 snaps
    -6.0 overall (if played more: ranked 47th)
    1.2 rush/blitz (#22)
    -6.3 pass coverage (#51)
    -0.9 run defense (#40)

    Blackburn: 169 snaps
    3.3 overall (would rank 30th)
    -0.8 rush/blitz (#37)
    1.0 pass coverage (#24)
    4.1 run defense (#25)

    So looking at the numbers our best MLB would be ranked 30th in the league, Chase Blackburn. The numbers definitly support a upgrade is needed for MLB.

    OLB
    Clark rated #9 out of 53 OLB who played atleast 25% of the snaps. Clark is great against the run (7.6)

    Boley: ranked #46, good coverage, not good agianst run (wonder if Osi had anything to do with that, he does play behind him…)
    In 2007, Boley was ranked #1, so the talent is there

    Clint Sintim didnt play much, but out of the 53 players he would rank #36, not bad for a rookie, he will only get better.

    So if you think these numbers are bad wait to we get to safties.

    • Steve B says:

      Oh, forgot to add 2008 numbers

      MLB
      Pierce ranked 46th out of 46. Wow
      (2007 ranked 32# out of 42)

      OLB
      Clark ranked #11 out of 55 (Great against run, below average agaisnt pass)
      (2007 31 w/texans out of 51)

      Boley (w/falcons) #27 out of 55
      (2007 w/falcons ranked #1 out of 51)

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