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King: Giants Have Best Defensive Line

I’m a huge fan of SI’s Peter King. His Monday Morning Quarterback columns are a must read for all NFL fans. Whenever he speaks, I listen. He has the respect of everyone in the business. Well King, who recently spent some time in Albany with the Giants in camp, said Big Blue has the best defensive line in football:

You see how far that got them last year. Too many injuries last season, from the start. Chris Canty, the rich free agent, and Rocky Bernard and Fred Robbins. Once the season began, Justin Tuck got dinged, and Osi Umenyiora got trashed inside and outside the building. It was pretty much a disaster.

This year, new defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has lots of toys to play with, and the Giants could play some of the most interesting line combinations the league has ever seen. Fewell has experimented with rushing four defensive ends — from among Tuck, Umenyiora (up to 257 from 250), Mathias Kiwanuka, first-round pick Jason PierrePaul and Dave Tollefson, who is having a great camp — with no tackles on some passing downs. Tuck is playing all four line spots in practice. Canty’s playing all over the line too. “So far it looks good,” Umenyiora said.

The Giants won the Super Bowl three season ago by sending blitzers through the A gap (over and around the center) as well as around end. This year, they’re experimenting with sending different end/tackle and end-end combinations from everywhere. A healthy Giants team will create more problems than any defensive front except the maniacally variable Jets

You can read the rest of MMQB here. As King says, health is the main variable. Last year, everybody was hurt. It was painful to watch. But now, everyone is healthy. They have new blood with Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph. With the schemes that Perry Fewell is going to implement, the defensive line, as King says,  is going to be the best in football.

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One Response to “King: Giants Have Best Defensive Line”

  1. Frank R says:

    That article has gotten me really excited. Last year I really thought the defensive line would be unstoppable, but injuries and Sheridan wrecked the season. This year with the addition of JPP and Joseph added to a potent group hopefully they will wreak havoc.

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