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Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong- Secondary

Everyone was excited about the Giants secondary heading into the season. They were young, fast and talented. Kenny Phillips looked like a star. Terrell Thomas showed promise as a rookie. Corey Webster was becoming a shutdown corner. There was talent and the excitement was justified. But then the injury bug hit. Aaron Ross was hurt through all of training camp. Kenny Phillips’ season ended after the first Dallas game. Ross would battle that hamstring all year. It went downhill from there.

The cornerbacks weren’t awful. They just weren’t very good. Webster had a great start to the year, but his play dramatically tailed off. Bruce Johnson had the same season as Webster. Terrell Thomas was the lone exception, as he had a tremendous year, and established himself as one of the best young corners in the league. Aaron Ross was injured too often to be effective. And I still wonder why Kevin Dockery is on the team. This group had its moments for sure. But they were mostly against lesser teams. I look back to the Eagles games: McNabb looked like the greatest thing since sliced bread out there. DeSean Jackson was just running wild. The Giants corners couldn’t hold up against the top competition.

CC Brown was Kenny Phillips’ replacement. He was beyond a disaster. You know what the CC really stands for: Can’t Cover. And he couldn’t. Teams would target him. It was so bad, that the Giants had to go to the waiver wire for help. Aaron Rouse was a bit of an improvement, but he had his fair share of issues well.  Michael Johnson didn’t do anything to stand out. A ho-hum year for him. The safety position was a mess. And it was the worst part of the secondary. Sure, there were injuries. But teams had no trouble passing on the Giants. Go back to the Eagles games. They just threw at Brown, and he had no chance to cover. In a rough year for the defense, the safeties were the worst part.

In the offseason, the Giants need depth in the secondary. They can’t afford to have another big injury. Another safety would be huge. Someone who can a)cover and b)cover. I can’t stress that enough. Someone who can make plays in the secondary would be ideal. They should draft another corner or two, preferably someone with size. Webster and Thomas are a nice pair. Webster needs to be more consistent. Ross needs to be healthy.  And the safeties need Kenny Phillips back and healthy, and a lot of prayer.

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4 Responses to “Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong- Secondary”

  1. Mij says:

    Michael Johnson was a liability all season. He made several mental errors in every game he played. His timing in blitzes is pathetic and he has to be one of the worst tackling safety’s in the league.

    CC Brown was godawful, but people need to look at #20’s season.

  2. you are right. CC Brown atleast hits like a bulldozer and was great at getting physical in the box and stopping the run.

    he cant cover, but Johnson couldnt either and had virtually NO redeeming qualities.

  3. twerp says:

    Johnson just plays way too over aggressive. He needs to realize he is not Asante Samuel and can’t jump every route he sees. Losing Kenny Philips hurt that entire unit. I really thought he was poised to break out.

  4. […] thrust into action with the Kenny Phillips injury. And he disappointed. Big time. As I wrote in the season review of the secondary: He was beyond a disaster. You know what the CC really stands for: Can’t Cover. And he couldn’t. […]

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