Steve Spagnuolo: 5 Reasons He Will Save Defense

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Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2. The Pieces Are There

The make-up of this Giants defense seems to perfectly fit what Spagnuolo is trying to accomplish. This offseason, they’ve added the likes of George Selvie, Kenrick Ellis, Owamagbe Odighizuwa to the defensive line rotation, which seems to fit Spagnuolo’s philosophy of not ever having enough defensive lineman. Not to mention, pieces like Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore and their pass-rushing abilities to add to that unit.

What Antonio Pierce used to be is exactly what Jon Beason is now for the Giants. If Beason can stay healthy he is the prototypical shot-caller on the defensive side of the football. The two linebackers next to him bring both different, yet integral traits to the table. Devon Kennard has the pass rushing ability of a defensive end, while J.T. Thomas is extremely versatile and athletic while being able to play well in space.

The Secondary after Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara is very make-shift, but that was never a real problem in Spagnuolo days with Big Blue. Guys like, R.W. Mcquarters, Sam Madison, and James Butler were either past their prime or just not very good, yet filled a role and did their job just fine. This defense has all the components to potentially be a successful unit.

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