Why the New York Giants' Pass Rush Is the Best in Football
The New York Giants' defensive line has been among the best for the past five seasons.
This season is no different as the Giants again have the best pass rush in the league.
Teams will have a tremendous amount of trouble trying to protect their quarterback against these monsters again this season.
Here is why...
4. Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has done a great job in his two seasons as coordinator. Last season the defense was inconsistent during the regular season, however, Fewell got them in order to make their Super Bowl run.
They clamped down and made big stops throughout the postseason last year. They also held two of the league's most high-powered offenses—the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots—to just two touchdowns each during that run.
Fewell deserves much credit for devising schemes that slowed those dangerous offenses down. He will continue to make strong game plans this season.
3. Quick Defensive Ends
The Giants have, arguably, the best defensive end tandem in the league. They have a rising star on the right side with Jason Pierre-Paul and a proven veteran on the left with Justin Tuck.
They are similar in playing style and body type—both are 6'5" with lean body-builds that make them agile and too quick for tackles to block. Both are under 30-years-old this season, so expect them to terrorize quarterbacks again.
They combined for 21.5 sacks last season. Teams will not be able to block either of them one-on-one.
2. Good Backup Defensive Lineman
Many have written off Osi Umenyiora as a player on the back-end of his career, but just two seasons ago he was among the best in the league.
He only played nine games last season due to injury, but he still managed nine sacks.
Fortunately, the Giants have a backup that can produce at that level. Some teams do not even have a starting lineman who can do as much.
DT Chris Canty is out with a knee injury right now, but is expected to be back for the start of the season. The Giants are developing Canty's backup, the young Marvin Austin.
Their reserves will play big roles to keep them the No. 1 pass rush in the league.
1. Sack Leaders
The Giants have been at or near the top of the league in sacks for the past few seasons. Last season they were second with 48.
This year expect them to be the leaders because of their dominance on the inside and the outside. They have two players on the outside that demand double-team attention. They also have a defensive tackle in Canty who has the combination of defensive end speed and defensive tackle power.
With all of their key defensive lineman starters heading into this season under 30-years-old, their young motors will continue to be nightmares for quarterbacks.