Giants must focus on corners that tackle

One reason the Giants’ defense was better this season was the return of the “tackler” at cornerback, Terrell Thomas and the more conscientious play of Prince Amukamara, who amassed 67 and 85 tackles respectfully.

The Giants would like to build on that success and possibly emulate the template forged by the smothering Seattle Seahawks this past seaso,

From Craig Santucci of NYGiantsRush:

In all the madness of “media week” leading up to the Super Bowl, I heard one very good interview with Carolina Panthers star quarterback, Cam Newton. He was asked what makes the Seattle secondary so much better than the other groups.

I thought he was going to say the ball hawking safeties or the shut down corner backs, but instead he simply said, “they tackle.”


Two words…”THEY TACKLE”. The Seahawks defense swarms the ball and they flat-out tackle, body on body. There are no diva’s on that squad. The corner backs and safeties are big and rangy and they never shy away from contact and best of all…they “form” tackle. They always use the right technique and they wrap their arms.

None of that half ass, through my shoulder into the ball carrier, hoping they fall down or step out-of-bounds stuff…otherwise known as the Corey Webster style.

The Seahawks corner backs want to make a tackle…that is their “thing”.

But let’s not over look the those ball hawking corner skills from Sherman , Browner and Maxwell. Over the last three years those three corner backs have had 34 interceptions. That is flat-out balling!

When was the last time a New York Giants cornerback came up and flattened a wide receiver or made a living at making interceptions? For years now the Giants have drafted and signed very soft defensive backs: Will Peterson, Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, Jayron Hosley, Kevin Dockery, and Michael Coe to name a few.

While the Giants are set at safety with Will Hill, Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and potentially Cooper Taylor, the Giants are in bad shape at corner. They truthfully need two. The entire world saw how apprehensive the Broncos tight ends and wide receivers were during the Super Bowl. They were intimidated.

Richard Sherman is 6′ 3″ 195 pounds, he is a difference maker. The Giants need to invest in this position.




15 comments
Winston Hadaway
Winston Hadaway

Marc Gasol would make a great addition to the Knicks!!

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Giants mock: 3 rounds

1. Taylor lewan, Zach Martin, or Mike Evans

2. Stan. Jean baptiste, Stephon Tuitt, Sua-FILO

3. Carlos Hyde, Troy Nicklas,

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

IMO, there are Only 3, 1st round CB,

i Don't think Darqueze is a 12th Pick CB,

the GIANTs should Wait til the 3rd,

then Go Back-to-Back CB in the 4th... 

it's a Passing League....

they will have Plenty to pick from,

CB L. Purifoy, Florida 6' 190lbs...

CB B. Breeland, Clemson 6' 185lbs..

CB V. Hampton, S. Carolona ( SEC) 5'10" 204lbs

*****CB S. Jean-Bap, Nebraska 6'3", 215lb's....

*****CB K. McGill, Utah 6'3", 212lb's......

CB T. Mitchell, Oregon 6', 190lb's...

CB J. Watkins, Florida 6', 195lb's....

CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri (SEC)5'11", 195lb's...

3rd & 4th Round CB Selection will be Very Good,

with 2, SEC, CB's and,

6 over 6 feet Tall,

and 2 @ 215lb's.... 

1. OT - 2. OC/OG - 3. CB - 4. CB - 5. RB 6. TE

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

This Post,

is Old School Abbott & Costello,

the DEFENSE improved for ONLY 1 REASON...

LB J. BEASON------------------

BEASON's, SAVY QUICK Reads put him in Position to Stuff the RUN,

(this Had ZERO to do with FeWell & his System,

100% LB Beason imposing his WILL !!! )

This Set-Off a Chain Reaction---

Now, the $9 Million Dollar Man,

could take his eyes out of the BackField,

and BALL HAWK !!!!! Which He DID !!!!

QB's held the ball a LiL'Longer,

D-Line men got that extra second or 2, they Needed...

END of STORY--- REMEMBER this really a 4-12 Team---

so the DEFENSE, REGRESSed !!!

T2 IMO, was the NFL " COMEBACK... Player of the Year "

BTW, Mr.F---

T2 was Drafted in the 2nd round,

with the  32nd Pick !!! in the 2008th Draft...

as well as WR Mario Manningham,

was the Last Pick of the 3rd round....

Making your Theory, that you can't DRAFT,

GOOD FOOTBALL Players after winning the SuperBowl, a LiL'Soft....

McGeorge
McGeorge

The giants need good offensive linemen more than corner backs.

They need a lot, but a good Oline = a good running game, and an extra second for Eli to get of a pass.



dannym28
dannym28

Get Dennard He is good. 

hashburry
hashburry

What do corners have to do with tight ends?  The Seattle safeties are built like linebackers and hit like them.  The Giant safeties are undersized so that is a bad comparison.  So what you are saying, is the Giants have no idea how to draft.  Frankly, the Giant corners can't tackle, but they also can't cover, so they are deficient in every aspect of their game.  I have asked about this before and been rebuffed on here.  What makes Prince a top flight corner?  I think he is overrated.  He's not a pro bowl type back, and in most games I watch, he plays a very soft corner and gives up a ton of plays in front of him.  Just about any corner can do that.


Overall, the defensive numbers this year were, imho, somewhat deceptive because of that run of games after the 0-6 start where they faced a bunch of terrible third string QBs and really didn't even do that great a job against them.  There is very little top flight talent on this defense.

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

@beerisgood This seems to be a bug where our Giants comments are mirrored here. I will look into this. Thanks!

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

If you look at the dates from those comments they're actually from Feb. I don't know how that keeps happening sporadically but it does. I should've known when I saw how many comments there were in this post something was up as this blog has just completely died. Not sure what happened with that either.

rico
rico

@beerisgood Yeah and just to the left is a link to the GIANTS BLOG…and they could use some people to comment in their comments section.


Why are people talking Giants here? They don't even play in NY

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@jaymanjay  I know Taylor Lewan has been on a few mock drafts recently. However; Taylor Lewan has been projected by many scouts to be a RT at the pro level. So if that is the case; I doubt the Giants draft him in the 1st round. Also, I doubt the Giants will draft a OT in the 1st round and expect him to protects Mannings blind side as a rookie, that's a lot to ask from a rookie. The Giants only have 6 picks in the draft (not counting possible compensatory pick or picks). However; the Giants do have roughly $20M+ cap space and possibly more if they void out a couple of more contracts (which has been mentioned). I would think that GM Reese will think outside the box and possibly sign a LT and another OL in free agency. I can also see Reese drafting maybe 2 OL (depending on what he does in free agency) in rounds 3-6 (lots of solid centers projected in those rounds). Also, I doubt very much that Stephon Tuitt  will last until the 2nd round. Also, Stanly Jean Baptiste (unless he has a tremendous combine) will most likely be available in round 3 and or 4.

A lot depends on free agency (March 11). Giants will re-sign players from their roster and should sign a few others to fill a need. My gut tells me that Reese will most likely draft defense in round 1/unless an offensive player (that fills a need) projected to go in top 6 falls into their lap.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Skookaloop The Giants have only 6 picks in the draft (not counting the possibility of compensatory picks) so I doubt they will draft OL in the 1st and 2nd rounds. Remember, they can always sign an OL in free agency as they currently will have roughly over $20M in cap space. That number could grow higher if the decide to void additional contracts.  

spider43
spider43

@hashburry  .... Agreed. And because of that defensive mirage, Fewell is still with this team. Big mistake.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@Michael Stewart @jaymanjay  

FREE AGENT OT are very Costly, 

a 1st Round OT is NEEDed for ELI...

a 2nd Round OC/OG Would also be Very Nice...

that $20M + Cap will have $6M in Dead Money,

making it $14M+ Cap,

then Signing the Draft Class $5M,

We are Already down to $9M...

and have 29 Players who where on 1 year Contracts Last year...

That $9M Cap will DISAPPEARER fast...

LB J. Beason will be the TOP Get for REESE,

but i think he gets a Better Deal with the RedSkins or Dallas....

jaymanjay
jaymanjay

Beside signing a center in free agency and possibly a running back and tight end ( look at whoever comes off the packers team for the new offensive coordinator), the giants will need to talk a OT in the first round if they plan on serious upgrading. Free agency is not the place to pick up tackles because they are usually way over priced or washed up that's why it is a prime position that is almost always selected in the top of the draft. Furthermore, unlike many positions offensive linemen are way more safe selections a more likely to make an immediate impact especially a top flight OL. So what if Lewan is a RT he is an upgrade over Pugh and Pugh can move inside with his short arms. The entire line needs upgrading. Again the only reason not to go offensive line at 12 is if a stud WR like mike Evans falls to them. Either way the first pick should be one that benefits Eli either with another legit weapon or protection.

Also you talked able 20 mil plus cap room. Remember beason? tuck? Joseph? I believe the giants will want these guys back and Joseph is probably the best DT on the free agent market. So plenty of money will go to him. Given Reese's track record I feel way more comfortable with Reese selecting the guys this team needs early than relying on him to pick good selections in the middle rounds where he has been horrible.