Since the start of the offseason, fans of the New York Giants have been open and honest about their concern over the current crop of Big Blue linebackers. After all, long gone are the days of Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Carl Banks. But even after what appeared to be a sub par performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, head coach Tom Coughlin praised the unit and said there were "flashes" of things to come.
Still, for the most part, fans disagreed. But third-year linebacker Spencer Paysinger feels that's merely a product of fearing the unknown.
“I mean, it’s natural for fans to kind of fear the unknown,” Spencer Paysinger told the Daily News. “Obviously the Giants have a great legacy in terms of linebackers and this is kind of scary territory for them because they don’t have a big-name linebacker to come in and pretty much set the tone. … But just a word to the public: We have some capable guys.”
Fellow linebacker Mark Herzlich reiterated those statements, suggesting the overbearing criticism is due in large part to lacking a big name.
“I think that people may not know our names, but that doesn’t matter to us,” Herzlich said. “If we get the job done and we make those plays, that’s all we really care about. I think we have the talent, we have the size, we have the ability in the room to do all that.”
The next chance the unit will have to make a name for themselves comes on Sunday night as Big Blue plays host to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
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