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Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong: Free Agency

Jerry “In Jerry We Trust” Reese has had a pretty stellar start to his GM tenure in New York. His draft picks has produced immediately, and has gained full trust in the fan base. For the first time in his tenure, the Giants made a splash in free agency, signing Michael Boley, Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard and CC Brown to free agent deals. With there were injuries, the Fab Four dissapointed greatly.

When Michael Boley signed a 5 year deal with the Giants, I was excited. He would finally stop, as I call it, the “revolving door at weakside linebacker”. Well after suspensions and injuries, Boley only slowed down the revolving door. Boley showed signs of great play. He’s a great pass rusher, and is pretty good in pass coverage. Without the injuries, he might have made more of an impact.

Chris Canty signed a 7 year deal. Here’s what I wrote about Canty in the offseason:

“I think that I’m excited for Chris Canty’s contributions this year. Not only will he take up space (he’s 6-7, 300), but his versatility will allow Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyoria to stay fresh for the stretch run. That was a big problem last year, as Tuck seemed to tire out, and his production tailed off.”

Well, Canty did none of that. Yes, he was injured for most of the year. But, he really didn’t take up much space when he was on the field. He didn’t get any pass rush. And his prescence and versatility did nothing for Tuck and Osi. Canty, when healthy, has been a force. But, he wasn’t healthy this year, and did not make much of an impact.

Rocky Bernard was signed, and everyone though the Giants had an embarrassment of riches on the defensive line. Rocky Bernard may be rich, but he did absolutely nothing on the field. Nothing. I can’t remember seeing one play where he was involved. Towards the end of the year, he barely played. It was a shock to see he had 22 tackles, and one sack. He showed nothing on the field. He did nothing to stand out. Bernard was a pretty good pass rusher in Seattle. But, he had no noticable impact on the pass rush. We’re stuck with him for three more years.

And, last and certainly least, CC Brown. CC (Can’t Cover) Brown was signed as a depth safety, but was 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. Teams would target him. It was so bad, that the Giants had to go to the waiver wire for help.

He was beyond a disaster. DeSean Jackson looked like he was playing against me when up against CC. It’s pretty clear: The Yankees got the better CC in free agency.

The 2009 free agency class was not the finest moment of Jerry Reese’s career. To be fair, Boley and Canty were banged up, and, when healthy, I think they can make a positive impact. But Bernard and Brown were beyond busts. They’ll have to live with the contracts and the embarrassment for some time.

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3 Responses to “Season-In-Review: What Went Wrong: Free Agency”

  1. CMH says:

    I wonder how different the year would have gone if we had taken the cash we gave to CC and Rocky and gotten one stud DB?

    For that matter, what did James Butler sign for in ST Louis for compared to what we paid these 2 busts?

  2. andrew ilnicki says:

    James Butler was awful in St Louis anyway… did not much better than CC Brown if you can believe it.

  3. Chris says:

    I thought Butler was average at best. He made a lot of mistakes, especially deep ones the past few years. The only guy we lost that I regretted was Gibril Wilson.

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