The New York Giants are interviewing people for their vacant defensive coordinator position. There is much excitement about who may fill the position, but we have to remember the new defensive coordinator can’t fix everything.
The Giants defense really struggled this past regular season which is the major reason they are absent from this current postseason. The Giants have an overall lack of talent at key positions on the defensive side of the ball. New schemes and principles will not change the roster.
If Jon Beason can stay healthy in the next season that would greatly behoove the Giants. This however is not something that we can count on. Jameel McClain filled Beason’s role when he was injured. The former member of the Baltimore Ravens is much more suited to be an weak side interior linebacker in the 3-4. In the 4-3 he struggles as the middle linebacker.
Sep 8, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Jon Beason (52) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Devon Kennard came on strong in the second half of the 2014 season. The rookie linebacker shows some promise for the next season.
Though I challenge you to find me another linebacker that you’re excited about on this roster…its hard to do isn’t it?
The simple fact is that the Giants can’t tackle, they can’t fight off blocks, they can’t do much at the linebacker position.
The secondary is just as bad as the linebacker core. If Prince Amukamara can stay healthy (another thing we cannot count on) this would be a less significant problem. The safety play is weak and the Giants got burned by the deep ball many times this past season.
The simple fact is that the Giants defense is overall bad and is in need of better talent. It was time for a change from Perry Fewell. He did not find a way to make it work in New York. Make no mistake though, there is too much lack of talent to expect any coordinator to make the Giants defense good overnight.