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‘Bigger Butts’ Could Be the Difference-Maker on Defense for New York Giants in 2013-14

September 7th, 2013 at 7:00 AM
By Kenneth DeJohn

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell apparently has quite the sense of humor. When asked about the difference he sees in this year's New York Giants defense over last, Fewell exclaimed (via Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger), "We've got bigger butts!" This is, of course, in reference to the additions of Shaun Rogers and Cullen Jenkins on the defensive line.

'Giants Defense' photo (c) 2008, Ted Kerwin - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The expected answer to the question likely would have had something to do with the team's various defensive packages they've featured during the preseason, but Fewell's answer indirectly sheds light on what the Giants defense will look like in the upcoming season.

Putting such big bodies in the middle of the defensive line should help the Giants stop the run more effectively than they did last season. After finishing 25th in the NFL against the run, the team needed a facelift on the line. Healthy seasons from Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck will help, as will improved production from the team's linebackers. But run-stopping starts in the middle. If Jenkins and Rogers can push the opposition's linemen back and get into the backfield, the Giants run defense will be heavily improved.

Not just the run defense will be improved as a result of bigger bodies in the interior. If the defensive line can effectively create havoc in the backfield, then the linebackers and secondary can capitalize on opportunities when the quarterback is flushed from the pocket.

Plus, clogging up lanes on the interior prevents quarterbacks from holding the ball and running up the middle. They'll have to go outside if they choose to run, and that's exactly where the next level of the defense will be waiting.

Fewell certainly seems excited about his new-look defense, and it will largely be up to him to put the right personnel in the right position to succeed. If he can effectively stuff the run with Rogers and Jenkins up front, the entire defense will benefit and should see large improvements. Fans will only need to wait until Sunday to see how effective the defense has become.

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One Response to “‘Bigger Butts’ Could Be the Difference-Maker on Defense for New York Giants in 2013-14”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    Here are some fun facts to get us ready for tomorrow night.
    As we all know, the giants and Eli Manning have never lost in the new Dallas stadium 4-0.
    Dallas has beaten us 6 straight times in home openers!
    While we worry about the loss of Stevie Brown and the absence or partial absence of JPP, the Cowboys will be without both Jay Ratliff and Anthony Spencer.
    One of Big D’s starting DTs – Ben Baas (not a healthy last name) won’t play due to a shoulder. In fact they will only dress 3 DT’s and the entire line, other than Ware, is comprised of career back-ups.
    Claiborne, who will play, did not play a snap in any pre-season game.
    One would think the giants should be able to double Ware and exploit the rest of the line. With just a little effective run blocking, one would think Wilson could explode.
    With Claibourne playing himself into shape, the potentially anemic pass rush, and the always questionable safety position, look for Gilbride to dial up bombs early and often.
    This game has the look of a big time old west shoot out with the last team with the ball likely to win. 38-35 someone appears very very possible

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