The 2023 season has been a complete and total dumpster fire for the NY Giants. Basically, everything that could've gone wrong has happened. Sitting at 2-7, the bottom of the NFC East and well on their way to a Top 5 draft pick in April, things could start to slip away in terms of team morale if the Giants keep losing badly.
We've seen it in the past, where player frustration boils over during lost seasons and raises concerns about the locker room culture and how the coaching staff handles these situations. While this year has been nothing but disappointment for the Giants, they need to make sure to stay level headed over the last eight games. They voted for 10 captains before the season began, but these four players are crucial to keeping the locker room together for the remainder of the schedule:
4. LB Bobby Okereke
One move the Giants are receiving an early return on their investment from is Bobby Okereke, as the linebacker is becoming a true anchor in the middle of the defense. Okereke has been nothing short of spectacular to begin his Giants tenure, totaling 80 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 6 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception. He's on track for his third-straight 100-tackle season.
Voted as a captain, Okereke is the signal caller and one of the veterans all players look to on the defensive side of the ball. His presence alone has certainly raised the level of play on the second level of the defense, miles ahead of where they were a season ago.
There was no leader to look to at the linebacker position last year, but now there is a vital one in Okereke. He's been on losing teams before, most recently with the Colts last year. For the defense, especially its younger players, Okereke needs to keep everyone on track despite the record.