Could This Be the Greatest Defensive Line in New York Giants History?
When you're talking about the greatest defensive lines in franchise history for the New York Giants, you are obviously covering an awful lot of ground. When a franchise has been around since 1925, you can bet there will be plenty of talent to chose from when talking about any position group. Such is the case with the defensive line.
This year's group is unquestionably one of the best this storied franchise has ever seen. From Jason Pierre Paul to Justin Tuck to Osi Umenyiora, the talent level the Giants are able to throw out on the field down after down is undoubtedly the envy of the league.
The same was true back in 1950 when, led by Arnie Weinmeister and Al DeRogatis, the Giants defensive line dominated what was thought to be the unstoppable offense of the Cleveland Browns (things were different then) and beat Paul Brown's squad 6-0. The Giants ended the season 10-2, winning the NFL's "American Division," and their defensive line was a big reason why.
Another group that probably isn't thought of quite as readily when conversation turns to the best Giants defensive lines would be the guys who made life miserable for the rest of the NFC East and the NFL in general back in 1986.
Most fans obviously remember Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks wreaking havoc from the linebacker position, but they would not have been nearly as effective without the contributions of Leonard Marshall and their first-round pick that year, Eric Dorsey.
If this 2012 group can stay healthy, Justin Tuck particularly, they have a chance to be the best this storied franchise has ever seen.
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