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How Jerry Reese built this team – Defense Part II

The weak link here are the linebackers, once a dominate force even before Bill Parcells took over it seems more like an afterthought now, although that is not the case at all. People seem to think that Reese has forgotten all about them, in fact he has drafted a bunch. I have maintained that part of the problem is in the college ranks linebackers are never taught to be the complete package. That has hurt NFL defenses, especially the 4-3 where linebackers must have the ability to cover as well as control gaps and blitz, most college linebackers have to master only one or two of these techniques. Many are defensive ends that move to linebacker in the NFL because of their lack of size. Since Reese has been GM we have drafted many linebackers, Zak DeOssie in 2007 a promising player with great size and speed for his position, due to back issues he became our permanent long snapper and one of the best at it. But he never turned into the linebacker he might have been and also doesn’t run down the field anymore using his body to break the wedge on punts. In 2008 Reese drafted Goff and Kehl, Goff replaced the injured Antonio Peirce and found a home as the Giants Middle linebacker, unfortunately he was injured before the season and that has really hurt this defense, Kehl a promising player just never made it for whatever reason, in my opinion he had the size and speed but just did not have the instincts to be a football player, he was always what seemed out of position during the play. In 2009 Reese drafted Clint Sintim, a promising football player who was derailed by injury after injury, we lost him this season to another knee injury, his second, I don’t think he will ever come back to play. 2010 saw us take Philip Dillard who was the MIKE behind Suh in college and Adrian Tracy a promising DE converted to linebacker neither had what it takes to make it in the NFL.


In 2011 Reese drafted Jones, Williams and signed free agent Mark Herzlich and Paysinger. We all know about Herzlich, he was a potential number one pick who had cancer in his leg almost ending his career and possibly his life. He worked his way back, he worked hard and this is the type of players Reese looks for. Reese gave him a chance to play but he suffered an injury and will not play in the Super Bowl.  Because of the poor play of Greg Jones the loss of Goff, Sintim and the disappointing play of Kehl, Dillard and Tracy who were let go, we had to bring back a fan favorite in Chase Blackburn. He was never a great player but had heart and gave everything on every play. Right now Chase is our starting MIKE heading into the super bowl and has been playing well. In 2009 Reese signed Mike Boley a 5th round pick by Atlanta who turned himself into a top linebacker. He played well for the Giants but suffered injuries this season. I think he is just now coming back and has started to play well again. He started off the season playing more aggressive than I had ever seen before, he also looks bigger and stronger while still keeping his speed. On the other side is Kiwi who was drafted as a defensive end moved to linebacker, moved back to end and now has found a home as the Giants strong side (SAM) linebacker. I think his best play is yet to come. But this crew is thin with a lot of question marks. I think you’ll see some changes here especially at middle linebacker, either in the draft or a free agent pickup. Herzlich is a question mark, Jones is too small and Goff might take time to get back to where he was which was not yet top notch in my opinion.


The special teams play under Tom Coughlin has never been that good. Adequate at best and sometimes downright bad. Right now he has some good players there that cover well. What we do not have is a great returner, we had one but he is on IR with his second knee injury. Domenik Hixon was an excellent returnman, a Reese pickup in 2007, he was a Denver reject that played well for the Giants as a returnman and wide receiver, although he just could not replace Plax that year. Our punter is good, not great, he improved with better coaching and has done a good job, he did not with the Jets who cut Weatherford. We have had the same kicker for a while now, Tynes has been consistent, consistently average. It is my opinion that he is not a very good kicker, he misses too many easy kicks and does not have a strong enough leg to limit kick returns even with the rule changes. I feel this is a place Reese can try to improve on. But sometimes you can’t and it’s best to stay with what you have.


Yes I know this was long and a lot to read, I hope it was worth it for the reader, I truly hope you enjoyed it.

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6 Responses to “How Jerry Reese built this team – Defense Part II”

  1. Michael S says:

    Good article!
    I guess you aren’t doing the topic I requested anymore lol

    • Big Daddy says:

      Yes I am…ha ha…I’m just sick right now. It was on my word 2010 and my shut down so I lost it. I will have to do it tomorrow and the next day. This stuff takes time to get all the information and write it in a manor people can read. I even have a name for it. If I feel better I will work on it later. I didn’t forget you, I thought it was a great idea once you gave me more details.

  2. Michael S says:

    Get out of here HATER! Hows your team doing? Oh yeah its true, they suck and theyre playing golf right now. Troll.

  3. Michael S says:


  4. Big Daddy says:

    I deleted obnoxious REDSKINS fan comments for the obvious reasons.

    Sorry if anything I said offended anybody I tried to make this guy see he was acting out, he didn’t get it so he’s gone.

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