In a Football Outsiders piece on ESPN Insider, the analysts suggest linebacker remains the New York Giants’ biggest red flag heading into 2013.
FBO calls the current starting trio — Dan Connor, Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams — a patchwork unit, which is the M.O. for Giants general manager Jerry Reese.
“For a team with such a rich a history at the linebacker position, it’s hard to remember the last time the Giants had even one really good player in their linebacking corps.”
FBO criticizes the Giants’ off-season plan of attack to address its less-than-mediocre linebacking corps, failing to draft a premier prospect and signing Aaron Curry via free agency.
Legal issues rule out a return between the team and Michael Boley, who was cut at the start of the off-season, and the best free agent available is Brian Urlacher, who at this point is a shell of his former self and may demand too high of a salary.
“While this was not a particularly rich draft class, it was still surprising to see all seven rounds go by without New York using even a single selection on a linebacker. Now upgrades will have to come through free agency …”
“The biggest name available is Brian Urlacher, who has indicated a willingness to take a major pay cut to play for a contender, and who may have enough in the tank to provide a mild upgrade over Connor.”
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