I never talked to an NFL guy, an evaluator, a scout, a GM, that had him [as a top ten pick].  Going into that Alabama game, I had him in the late first round. Coming out of that game, I had him in the late first round. Girlfriend or no girlfriend, he’s late first round.”

— NFLN’s Daniel Jeremiah on Manti Te’o’s draft stock





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3 comments
Skookaloop
Skookaloop

Job #1 is stop the run.  do that and the Pass Rush will take care of it's self.

Eric Schusterman
Eric Schusterman

With this team if they get a pass rush they'll be fine IMO.A lot depends on players who have talent but haven't shown it consistently-players you'd expect to be "on the come" like Moore,Hankins,maybe Bromley,the 3rd rd DE and Wynn who to my eyes looked good especially for a non-draftee.And of course JPP and a healthy Ayers.Spags is no miracle worker just a good solid coach(he also coached one of the worst defenses ever so personnel means a lot).Perhaps one of the young guys in the DB can also be a good bitzer since Spags likes to use those guys that way.Kennard also figures into that.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

If I recall, forcing turnovers have never really been a problem for the Giants defense under Fewell.  Last year they averaged 1.7 takeaways (9th in the NFL), 1.8 in 2013 (9th again), and 2.2 in 2012 (3rd in the NFL).


The problem was the drives that didn't end up in turnovers usually ended in the other team getting points. The defenses Spags ran in his first tenure was more about QB pressures and stopping the run than forcing turnovers. in 2006, 07, and 08 they were 22nd, 21st, and 19th in the NFL in takeaways.


Need more 3-and-outs, especially if the passing game is going to be as good as it was in the 2nd half of the season.  If they can win the "filed position" battle, they Giants will at least be 3-4 plays away from being in FG range pretty much every drive.