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Bucky Brooks On Giants LB Void

There is a live chat happening right now on… but one question from Mike in NJ was:
I love the pick up of Antrel Rolle, but why haven’t the Giants signed an experienced LB? Blackburn, Goff.. they are not the answers to Pierce’s void.

Bucky Brooks,

Mike, The Giants patience with signing a veteran LB stems from their decision to wait and see what happens during the draft. If they are able to get their targeted LB prospect during one of the early rounds, they may not get back into the free agency market to grab a LB. However, if they fail to land a top guy at the position, they will quickly sign a veteran to shore up the spot.
My thing is — what happens when a rookie LB get in the middle and has no play calling experience at the NFL level?  To me, a draft pick does not answer this question in terms of the Giants lacking Pierce’s vision on the field.   It’s going to be a very long and hard uphill battle for the Giants unless they can get a younger free agent veteran at MLB in there and help the defense fire on all cylinders ASAP.
UPDATE: Bucky on Antrel Rolle

Brian from Ireland asks….

Josh, do you think that the Giants paid way over the odds for Rolle, i know they were short in that position last year, but it seems to me that they are just throwing money at the situation in the hope it will fix it. What do you think?

Bucky Brooks,

Brian, It remains to be seen whether they overpaid for Rolle, but he addressed their biggest need and his value on the open market dictated enormous contract. Regardless, he is a really good player who will add some playmaking to their secondary. He is a rangy player with a knack for making plays on the ball, and the Giants desperately need a ball hawk in the back end.
This I agree with — of course it remains to be seen.  But my two cents is this…  The cost of doing nothing was far greater than the cost of acting. Happy belated St Patty’s day, Brian.

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5 Responses to “Bucky Brooks On Giants LB Void”

  1. Jesse Cassel says:

    Thank you I’ve been saying that since the start of free agency, Linebacker should have been the number one concern

  2. BlueManFla says:

    The problem with the “Wait and see what happens in the draft” strategy is ……

    What happens if the LB we want in the draft isn’t available


    by that time all the experienced LB’s who are available


    are not longer there??

    Sign Morrison and get it over with. Even if McClain is there at 15 he wont be ready to start in the first year anyway.

    • Cactus Jack says:

      Reese is smart to wait on Morrison. If he were to trade for him now, he would be virtually assured that McLain would not get past Oakland since they would have to fill that hole. By waiting and leaving Morrison in place, there is, at least, a chance that McClain could fall to the Giants at #15. If by chance, he is not there at #15, the Giants could still make a move on Morrison or use their #3 pick on another prospect like Weatherspoon or stick with Goff. The strategy is a good one.

    • people seem to think he can’t stop the run…. which is unfortunate for the Giants because we know that is Coughlin’s #1 priority…

      but if you look into it PFF has him as the #4 best run stopping ILB in the NFL.

      his coverage and pass rush is what’s not up to snuff according to the raw data.

      interestingly Chase Blackburn gets the job done according to the priorities of performance, so maybe they want to just take their chances in the draft and if nothing happens to go their way — there are enough candidates to fill that role between Blackburn, Goff, Boley, Kehl, Sintim, etc

    • dennism says:

      I agree. Middle linebacker, calling plays, is no place for a rook.

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