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Giants Run Defense Gets No Respect

I’ll get right to the point.  Since Jon Beason has come aboard, the entire NY Giant defense has seen a huge resurgence in physical play.   The other day when questioned about facing backup QB’s the last several games, Beason didn’t pull any punches.  He said:

“We don’t get much props for shutting down the top running backs”


It’s absolutely true. The front 4 this past offseason as everyone knows was designed to stop the run after a very porous run defense in 2012.  However, the Giants have quietly become the 3rd best run defense in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.  They’ve consistently moved up each week in that ranking since Beason came aboard as well. But the strength of a new MLB doesn’t stop with himself — Beason has made everyone around him that much better.  Justin Tuck has had his best year in 3 seasons. Antrel Rolle has started playing his best football since he’s been in Giants Blue. Will Hill has been making outstanding, physical plays in run support.  Prince Amukamara has cleaned up runs as good as any corner in the league.  Jacquain Williams is playing extremely well under Beason’s tutelage.  And the list goes on and on.

That’s why when critics say “it’s easy to succeed when you’re facing a backup QB” — it pisses me off.  The Giants have shut down the league’s best running attacks week after week, while other teams have been unable to accomplish the same feat.  Here are the comparisons since Beason came aboard.


Matt Forte


Jon Beason’s first game as a Giant — and Big Blue made Cutler beat them through the air… which they ultimately did. But the Giants had a chance to win that game was we all remember and probably should have. But Eli’s last minute pick on a high ball and Meyer’s questionable route combined for a disastrous finish. That was a very good effort from the Giants defense at the time and they played well enough to win, especially by taking Forte out of position to control the game.

LeSean McCoy


The Giants held McCoy in check twice, and two of McCoy’s three least productive games came against the Giants. Just sayin…

Adrian Peterson


Peterson was coming off a hamstring injury, this one – while impressive – won’t hold up to skeptics who are finding any and every reason to not give credit where it’s due. When you hold the league MVP to hardly any yards with a long run of 8 on the day — that’s pretty damn good to me regardless of context.

Eddie Lacy


No one has held Lacy to these numbers except for the Giants. The Bears couldn’t do that facing a backup QB for the majority of the game. The Eagles certainly didn’t either in a similar situation. This week will be the tell tale sign as to whether the Giants simply got lucky or there really is something to them being better in run D than everyone else when it comes to Lacy.

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One Response to “Giants Run Defense Gets No Respect”

  1. Bob Roy says:

    Gentlemen, I’m sorry – but an article about the Giants stuffing the run when they faced teams with anything but a first string QB is kind of bogus, really. Any team can just sit back and stuff the middle knowing that the QB they are facing doesn’t scare them passing. Look at the guy last week he put up 300+ yards and the Giants couldn’t really stop him so why run the ball especially if your the Packers, behind and on the road! Thanks to JJP we win the game.

    We will know Sunday! Because the guy from the Cowboys can run and I expect Romo to do a lot of dumping it off and short passes to him negating our new found pass rush. One thing, I’ think Jon Beason has solidified the defense a lot more then Perry Fewel ever could. And we need to look out for the kid with the dread-locks….Williams?

    Win or lose I just can’t get comfortable with this patchwork O-line to go further but I must admit I have no feeling of what kind of team this is…

    Go Giants.

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