New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley quietly had a breakout season in 2012. He recorded 93 tackles during the regular season, and made two huge sacks against the Green Bay Packers in the postseason. Although players like Eli Manning, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul garnered all the media attention, Boley was perhaps the best player that nobody talked about throughout the playoffs.
However, in an interview with Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger, Boley assured fans that he is not resting on his laurels heading into the 2012 campaign. When asked what he plans to do with his Super Bowl XLVI ring, Boley answered the following.
"l'll put it in a safe-deposit box. There’s no point in keeping it at home. And then, later down the road when I retire, I’ll make myself a nice little trophy room and put it up on the mantle. But for now, it’s all about getting the next one," Boley said.
As training camp approaches, it's refreshing to hear players talk about how they are preparing for the upcoming season. The Giants are coming off of a Super Bowl victory, but that has not stopped the "experts" from picking them to finish third in the NFC East this year. This team still has a lot to prove, and putting away their Super Bowl rings would be a great way to put 2011 in the rearview mirror, and get focused on defending their championship.
Although Boley has never been considered a run-stopper, several fans, players, and mainly coaches have entertained the idea of moving him from the weak-side linebacker spot and into the middle for the upcoming season. 10 years ago, the style of play within the NFL would never allow a team to consider this option. However, after examining the offensive schemes of today's elite teams, Boley realizes that the NFL is evolving into a pass first league.
"Our league has been ever-evolving toward a pass-first league and teams are adjusting. I mean, you never know [if the trend will continue]. There are teams out there who love to run the ball. But if you look at the overall picture, more teams pass than run. And it’s kind of one of those things where the skill guys are getting better every year, so defenses are being forced to play smaller, faster guys," Boley said.
For the Giants to be successful on defense in 2012, Michael Boley must continue to be a force at linebacker. His ability to match up with the league's elite, speedy tight ends and running backs in the passing game has proven invaluable to Perry Fewell's defensive scheme up to this point. This was never more evident than against the Saints last season, when nobody on the team had the ability to cover tight end Jimmy Graham. It was then when people realized hoe important Boley is to the Giants, so its good to hear he is focused on the upcoming season.
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