NY Giants Roster Needs & Upgrades For 2013: The Cornerbacks

By Gary Thomas
February 15, 2013 9:03 am
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To prevent a repeat of the 2012 season it starts with Big Blue's 2013 DEFENSE. Quick stat facts to focus on from last season, in order of importance. The Giants:

  1. Ranked 31st in overall team defense, only the New Orleans Saints fared worse.

  2. Ranked T-16th in first-down defense, giving up an alarming 42.4% of first-downs on third-down and an even more alarming 47.6% of first-downs on forth-down. Only the Packers, Patriots, and 49ers had more teams go-for-it on forth-down than did the Giants and they ended up second as the second worst team in that statistical category. Meaning the Giants defense could not get the opposing offense off the field, teams knew they could keep drives alive and went for it with alarming success!

  3. Ranked 28th in passing-defense; Giants gave up an average of 254 yards-per-game and a total of 4,068 yards on the season. Teams completed 64% of their passes attempted, they were tied for league worst at 8.1 average yards per completion given up. T-19th in passing-touch-downs given up, 26 total. Finally, a pedestrian 33 quarterback-sacks placing them at No. 22, abysmal for a vaunted defensive front that ranked third last season with 48 quarterback-sacks. (Interesting positive for the defense, it was ranked third in interceptions with 21 / a misleading number as 15 were by non-cornerbacks, eight were by one safety Stevie Brown; the corners picked off a total of 6 on the season)

  4. Ranked 25th in rushing-defense; Giants gave up an average of 129 yards-per-game, 4.6 yards-per-carry and a total of 2066 yards on the season

In today's segment we'll look at the much needed first step, the revamping of the cornerback position: 

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2 years ago
Great write on the Glen corner needs. Prince has had health issues, has retarded his development. Hosely a nice talent.
2 years ago

Gmen not Glen. Phone issues. Ha.
2 years ago

@Brady Rauch, injuries have definitely stunted Prince's growth. Even with that said, I just don't think he passes the "eye test". Even guys with injuries can show you flashes, greatness that is, I think he can be solid at some point but that's not what is expected from a 1st round pick at corner. Hosley I see the flashes, and tenacity to want to PLAY the position. Does that make sense?
2 years ago

Makes complete sense
Great article Gary couldnt agree with you more... Defensive issues kept the offense off the field way too much as well
2 years ago

Thanks Peter; I'll get to the overall offense issues as I move along in the team analysis, but you're dead on about the defense's problems getting off the field and giving Eli and the offense more opportunities!
2 years ago
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2 years ago
Gary, great article. I am looking forward to you discussing offensive issues. I don't believe that Manning has the ability to take a mediocre team deep into the playoffs. And don't drop the 2 Super Bowl and 2 SB MVP awards argument. Joe Flacco has a Super Bowl and MVP award. I would hardly name him among the NFL's elite. Remember the name Trent Dilfer? Super Bowl Champion. Eli is good, still wouldn't call him elite. He will not take the Giants back to the show - guaranteed. Giants will be going through a major rebuilding phase.
2 years ago

Brady, thanks for the article support!
Now moving past the pleasantries! Just the fact that you mentioned Eli Manning in the same breath as Trent Dilfer is an insult and I shouldn't have even responded but I am.
Speaking in terms of their Super Bowl appearances:
2000 Super Bowl Trent Dilfer his 1 performance ranked 68th on All Time Super Bowl QB List - Threw 12/25; 48.0% completion; 153yds; 1TD 80.9 passer rating - His team won 34-7 and he passed for 153yds & 1 TD. (Interesting factoid, Joe Montana's 1981 performance ranked 67th, 157yds & 1 TD; would you say Trent Dilfer was just below the calibur of Joe Montana)
2007 Super Bowl Eli Manning - His '07 performance ranked 41st All-time 19/34; 55.9% completion; 255yds; 2TD's; 1INT; 87.3 passer rating. His team won 17-14
2011 Super Bowl Eli Manning - His '11 performance ranked 21st All-Time; Threw 30/40; 75.0% completion; 296yds; 1TD; 103.8Passer Rating. His team won 21-17. Eli's worst Super Bowl he lapped Dilfer!
Going further:
Trent Dilfer 14 seasons 5 teams;20,518yds;113TD's/129INT's;70% QBrating
Eli Manning 9 seasons 1team; 31,527yds; 211TD's/144INT's; 82.7 QB ranking. Already a borderline HOF QB; and he wasn't handed his Super Bowl nor Super Bowl MVP. Remember Ray Lewis was the "REAL" MVP of that Super Bowl but was coming off the murder case and Disney did not want him being the face of the "I'm going to Disney World" commercial just after being in a very public murder trial!
Please don't ever let people hear you make that comparison again; it doesn't sound good.
2 years ago

Brady, I meant to add the "LOL" at the end of that ramble...no hate; just sports trash talk on my part!
2 years ago

I love your Eli support, and agree wholehearedly. Let me also add that Eli's career playoff passer rating is 6.6 points higher than the regular season.

I disagree with your take on Flacco, though. He has shown strong in the playoffs his last 8 games (3 years), posting a passer rating over 100 for that stretch. His run to the 'ship was remarkable, as he threw 2 TDs in the first game, 3 in each of the rest, and didn't turn the ball over. Flacco is a stud.
2 years ago

Eli, deserves much more praise than he gets criticism. He does fall into gun slinger mode at times evidenced by his high turn over numbers but that also is why he lead the league in comebacks too!
While Flacco has some strong playoff moments I wasn't sold on him to be the guy more than he has so far and will need to with a depleted roster (see: http://www.footballnation.com/content/baltimore-ravens-super-bowl-hangover-has-already-begun/21790/)

On a different note; what'd you think of my Tiki Barber article yesterday: http://www.footballnation.com/content/tiki-barber-is-the-former-giant-rb-hall-fame-worthy/23126/
2 years ago
After all this damning evidence Reese has done what?
Great article
2 years ago

Dennis here was my response to the Jerry Reese questions; share your thoughts over on that article:

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