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Four New York Giants Named to ESPN’s All-NFC East Team

January 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

With the end of the year comes various awards, nominations, power rankings and All-[insert whatever you like] teams. First up here in 2014 is ESPN's annual All-Division teams, including, of course, the All-NFC East Team which features four members of the New York Giants — all four coming on the defensive side of the ball.

This year's All-NFC East Team was voted on by four ESPN writers, each covering a specified team within the division. Those writers were Dan Graziano (New York), Todd Archer (Dallas), Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia) and John Keim (Washington). And after tallying their votes, the following Giants made it onto the aforementioned All-NFC East Team.

Given the Giants' remarkable offensive struggles, it should come as no real surprise they were blanked this year. As Graziano points out, only wide receiver Victor Cruz was worthy of consideration, but even he fell well short of his goals and projected production. Accordingly, he and the rest of the offense were deservedly left off this list.

On the defensive side of the ball, It is interesting that Jenkins would be voted onto the All-NFC East Team, but not Linval Joseph, who is arguably the better all-around defensive tackle.

Tuck, with his 11 sacks and strong finish to the season, was worthy of being named a starting defensive end and should have earned a spot on a Pro Bowl roster. The same can be said for safety Antrel Rolle, who was arguably the team MVP. Meanwhile, Hill, despite his off-field problems, was quite a force on the football field and has begun to receive recognition around the league — including from Pro Football Focus, who rated him quite highly despite being suspended for the first four games of the season.

As the offseason moves along, expect several more All-Whatever Teams to be announced, but don't get your hopes up over the possibility of an offensive player being named.

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Tags: Antrel Rolle, Cullen Jenkins, ESPN, Football, Justin Tuck, Linval Joseph, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Victor Cruz, Will Hill

5 Responses to “Four New York Giants Named to ESPN’s All-NFC East Team”

  1.  Krow says:

    I really don’t have a good feel how good Linval is or how highly he’s regarded around the league. He’s got to hit free agency and get some offers to lay out a baseline.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He’s pretty good, but I think overrated by Giants’ fans. He was awful in 2012. Really awful. He was very good in 2013. But 2013 started with more failure to stop the run, and Joseph was the guy who was out there. The defense didn’t look all that great while going 0-6, Joseph included. When Beason arrived everything changed. So I’m going with the conclusion that Joseph is “as good as his surroundings”. He, himself, is NOT a difference-maker. I look at him a lot like Cofield: a very good player whom you’d like to keep but who isn’t one of those guys you know you absolutely MUST sign.

      He’s a classic Reese “This is what we think is the right contract for you and we hope you’ll sign but we won’t raise the offer” player. I believe, as I said earlier, we’d be okay with Jenkins (who deserved recognition), Hankins (plenty of talent and second years are usually big steps up for DTs), Patterson (very solid player, much underrated by fans), a draft pick (mid-round) and Kuhn (already a pretty good run-stopper, and cheap). We would REALLY be fine if we also have Tuck available to play at tackle on about half his snaps.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Which offensive player could even make a case for himself? The closest anyone could come would be Pugh, and he still needs to move up the learning curve. The rest of them stunk (except for Jernigan, but you don’t get recognition for just three games).

    Whomever posted that piece by Pat Traina (who I still think is the savviest analyst of the Giants, by far) a few threads ago did us a service. I think she’s correct. Our coaching staff obviously holds back young players. But her prognosis might be a bit off. She talked about how the new CBA has caused a problem because of the reduced opportunities for youngsters to prove themselves in practice. But this was a problem on this team way before the new CBA. It’s the Coughlin beliefs about youngsters and their ability to contribute that is the core issue. His stubbornness, and that of his coordinators (how many times have the defensive players had to rebel against lousy schemes in order to play better, and why did we drop the highly successful offensive scheme that had a lot to do with running the table in 2007?), has its merits at times. But it also hurts this team more often than not.

    Well, we’re about to see just how stubborn Tom Coughlin is. John Mara wants big changes on this “broken” offense, almost certainly including the long-past-due discharge of Kevin Gilbride and his son. Is Coughlin going to go to the wall over this? And if he does, will Mara fire him? I suspect the answer is “no” in both cases. But I can definitely see a scenario in which they come out of the meetings today and tomorrow with no extension for Coughlin but no changes on the coaching staff (except the possible sacrificing of Quinn) and a verbal promise from Coughlin to make more use of Reese’s recent draft picks from the start of the season.

    Gilbride doesn’t deserve to escape. Eli’s opinion matters, but he’s just like every other athlete. Most of them hate change. And even if Eli thought Gilbride was a problem, would he want to learn an entire new system going into the last third of his career? He probably looks to 2011 and thinks “Give me those tools again and my offensive coordinator will be just fine and I’ll show the league what I can do when I have half-a-chance”. But this offense is stale, and predictable, and too complicated for young players. As the salary cap forces teams to get younger, Gilbride’s offense is a serious detriment. We cannot expect the quarterback to fully understand that. And, by the way, remember that when Archie was getting killed down in New Orleans he never demanded changes. Maybe the hard-edged, dynamic, forceful, Peyton is the exception in the Manning family? Maybe Eli just wants everyone in the building to like him and to be the “Good Son” who pleases Coughlin and his associates. I’d rather he was a SOB who was demanding control of the offense and telling Mara who he wanted as his Coordinator, but that just isn’t our Eli. I love him, but I wish he was a bit more edgy at this point.

    •  kujo says:

      ….Or Eli likes Gilbride, has no problem with his scheme or its failures, and doesn’t want a new OC…

      (Which has been my theory for 7 years)

      •  Eric S says:

        I don’t know about that Kujo. I’m too lazy to look up the link but I recall a post on espn earlier in the season when the int’s were mounting, Eli was asked why and he somewhat frustratingly said that he’s running “their offense”. I thought that was as telling an answer as you’ll get from Eli. No teamspeak, no “our offense” it was “their offense”

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