More on the linebackers in today’s Letters
Jack M. writes…
First of all, I think it’s unfair to bring up the nickel defense/regular formation situations in your comment to my letter. I don’t have access or the time to review film.
Secondly, I did have the time to look up these stats on the Net:
1. Giant Rushing Defense ranked 25 out of 32 teams in 2012
2. Giant Overall Defense ranked 31 out of 32 teams in 2012
Readers are more concerned about the line backing situation than other parts of the defense. The front four can’t do it all.
Jack, if you don’t have a good chunk of the facts, then isn’t it unfair to draw a conclusion?
I know what the stats say, but as the great Yogi Berra once said, “Stats are like a bikini – they show you a lot but not everything.” To suggest that the rushing defense and defensive woes are strictly on the linebackers is uniformed, unless one has done a study of those games where teams have run wild on the Giants to see if it was indeed the linebackers who stunk, or if the defensive linemen were out of their gaps.
Second, I know that most everyone thinks the linebackers stink, and yes, there were games last year where they didn’t come out to play. But as I have said before, the Giants see their weaknesses and hence their needs a lot differently than we do.
They’ve also totally revamped the unit for this year and as far as I know, no one has seen this new group play together in this defense. So how on this good green earth can we say the unit still stinks until we’ve seen what this talent group can do? (Hence that point makes your argument about the stats null and void since, again, it was a different group of linebackers and a revamped front four which hopefully stays healthy.)
That’s to to say they don’t look to get better across the board, but don’t you think if there was someone out there the Giants really liked and if the team thought they were in dire straits at the [position, that they would have looked to get someone on board one way or another?
Readers can think whatever you want, as that’s their right. But if you’re asking me for my opinion, I’m going to give you based on what we at Inside Football have seen as we study the game tape and we have a chance to ask for information on what happens in the games which we try to pass along to our subscribers.
I can tell you without even looking up last year’s issues that while there were games that the defense was flat out awful, to pin it on one unit week after week would be an injustice.
Last point – I suggest if you’re interested in reviewing game film, that you consider a subscription to the All-22 package offered at NFL Game Rewind.
This is the same film the coaches look at and it’s an absolute MUST, in my opinion, for anyone who’s looking to break down the film and pinpoint where things are going wrong or were they are succeeding. I don’t remember what the pricing is but I think that last year it was under $80, and it was worth every penny.
Jeff H. writes…
I just read your article about the Giants training methods and how they relate to injuries. This quote caught my attention:
“Barnes also noted that there will also be changes made to how the team warms up and cools down before and after a practice and game, saying that the changes will likely be incorporated over time.”
This is interesting because years back I commented in this forum about how static stretching should be performed AFTER training & that the way to warm up muscles is through kinesthetic dynamic movements designed to increase blood flow. I’m glad to see that perhaps the Giants trainers have finally learned what all Kinesiolgy majors should be well aware of.
I’ve long wondered why after a practice they go right into stretching. I always thought you had to bring the heart rate down first and then stretch. I also thought after engaging in high levels of cardio and weight (as in pushing around opponents), it’s best to let your body recover a day by doing non-aerobic exercise, such as stretching and massage to release the toxins that build up in the muscles. But I’m not a trainer, so I defer to those who have expertise in the field.
Kevin L. writes…
You’ve seen a lot of Giants players come and go as well as nfl players. Does Randle remind you of anyone you’ve seen? Also strategically, everyone wants Prince to become a number one corner to match up against the other team’s no. 1 WR. Do you ever think that maybe if Prince has improved that they should not put him on the no. 2 WR and allow Webster to play the 1 with safety help? Very rarely can one corner defend a top WR.
Kevin, I try very hard to not compare today’s players with guys I’ve seen in the past as that’s not fair to either player. As for your question regarding the defensive secondary, I’m taking a wait-and-see approach there as I want to see if Webster shows any sign of being the top shelf cornerback he was in 2008.