The Giants’ defense was anything but rock solid in 2012, with impressive outings against San Fran and Green Bay and questionable performances against Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
Safety Antrel Rolle wasn’t happy missing the post-season, but not convinced the entire defense requires an overhaul either.
“We have a whole lot to build on. I understand what this team is about. We understand the type of players that we have here in this locker room and we just didn’t get things done the way we should have,” he said. “I have all the confidence in the world in this organization and this team and in the coaching staff. We’ll bounce back. It just won’t be this year.”
New York finished the 28th-ranked defense in terms of total yardage allowed. Uncharacteristically, the Giants sacked opposing quarterbacks 33 times, ranked 22nd in the league.
“A lot of times we can get caught up with numbers as far as the rankings, but overall as a defense, I think there were some games we played extremely well and I think there were some games we played extremely bad,” Rolle said.
“The main focus point is trying to find that area where you’re playing on a more consistent basis, doing the things that you’re taught to do or making plays when an opportunity presents itself or just being just a better defense all around, having more fight, having a lot more attitude in our play. I think that’s going to play a huge part and more importantly understanding the defense with all the ins and outs of the defense.”
Entering the off-season, the Giants will be forced to make personnel decisions on such defenders as Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Chase Blackburn, Stevie Brown, Corey Webster and Kenny Phillips.
Change may be inevitable.
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