Bill Sheridan Will Step Right In: No Spags, No Problem

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2008:  Bill Sheridan of the New York Giants poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Getty Images)

With Steve Spagnulo leaving the Giants to become the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, many critics say that the Giants will no longer have a great defense, which they have had in the past two seasons.

That is where these critics are wrong.

When the Giants lost "Spags" to the Rams, they immediately promoted linebacker coach Bill Sheridan to the defensive coordinator position.

With this "in-house" hiring, the Giants defense will look very similar and maybe even better than it has the past two seasons.

Sheridan will keep the defense basically the same and make it even better, putting the best players in the best spots at the right time.

New York's defense has also gotten much better with the signings of defensive linemen Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard and linebacker Michael Boley.

Not to mention, Osi Umenyiora is also coming back to the Giants' defense after last season's season-ending injury in the preseason.

At some points during last season, the Giants linebackers struggled in pass coverage and also in the run game.

This is where Sheridan will step in and help the linebackers play to their advantages instead of their disadvantages. He will now also have better communication with defensive captain and middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, which will make the defense play and look better.

Having a great defense has always been a New York Giants tradition and Bill Sheridan will make sure that he keeps that tradition going strong.