5. The young defensive line rotation
Heading into this season, pass-rush was probably the biggest question mark hanging over this New York Giants football team. Defensive coordinator James Bettcher hasn’t done much right, but what he has done this year is coax a decent pass-rush out of his unit without many legitimate options. The big boys (I refuse to use the term hog molly) up front on the defensive line have been a major reason for that, as they have for the most part done their jobs in this 3-4 defense by occupying multiple blockers and pushing the pocket.
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Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams (who may or may not be here next year) are all 25-years-old or younger, and all have shown they can play in this league. While I still think this franchise would be much better off switching back to a 4-3 defense – and that they all would still fit nicely in that scheme – all of these young players have proved they belong in this league.
This defense still badly needs a Chase Young type of terror on the outside, but they undoubtedly have the size up front that allows for a guy like that to flourish. I’m betting one of this tandem shows out and has a really impactful last six games, but who knows, maybe it’ll be even more than one.
Wouldn’t that be nice.