Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The Giants' D-line plans
By Tim Kavanagh
The hallmark of the New York Giants' recent strong teams has been dominant play from their defensive front, particularly at defensive end. From Michael Strahan to Osi Umenyiora to Justin Tuck to Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants have been able to cultivate and maintain a bountiful garden of QB-hunting prowess. But as we look ahead to 2013, it's an area within which there are significant questions.
Umenyiora's contract has voided, so he'll be exploring free agency this offseason. It's possible that he'll be back with the Giants, but it's unlikely they're willing or able to provide him with the level of contract that he desires. Though Umenyiora was no longer starting, the team likes to rotate their DEs in their base package as well as using more in special packages depending on the circumstances. So if Osi's gone, this presents a bit of a problem.
One idea is for the team to use hybrid defender Mathias Kiwanuka as a DE more often. Alternatively, they could use a draft pick to find another prospect at the position, such as they did in 2010 with Pierre-Paul, or sign someone in free agency -- though if they go that route, perhaps ponying up for Umenyiora (who's familiar with their defense) would make more sense.
Dan GrazianoThis is something to watch as the offseason unfolds
"While to us the needs may appear greater at linebacker, cornerback and safety, the Giants prioritize that pass-rushing line above all else on the defensive side of the ball. They will work to shore it up, even if it leaves them short elsewhere."