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Let's be honest, this defense is a mess.
It can't stop the run, doesn't cover underneath routes effectively and gives up too many big plays. It never did any of these things particularly well last season, but was able to cover its deficiencies with a fearsome pass rush. That pass rush has gone into hibernation, however, with only 32 sacks, tied with Detroit and Tennessee for 19th in the NFL.
There is some hope, though, in the trio of Jason Pierre-Paul, Prince Amukamara and Linval Joseph, who are 23, 23 and 24 years old, respectively, and all under contract in 2013.
Pierre-Paul has had a disappointing season by his standards, with only 6.5 sacks, including none in the last six games. He has struggled in the role of marked man after his 16.5-sack performance in 2011. The third-year superstar regularly faces double-teams and is routinely chipped by a running back staying in for pass protection on third-down plays.
Every great pass-rusher must adjust to being the opposition's main focus and I believe that Pierre-Paul will do just that next year. He showed that he has the work ethic and mindset to turn raw talent coming out of college into significant NFL results.
I think he will take his talent to the next level in 2013 and dominate the NFL, even when the opposition knows he's coming.
Amukamara has remained relatively healthy this season after an injury-riddled rookie season, playing in 12 of 15 games. With some experience under his belt, he has quickly turned into the Giants' best cornerback. Compared to the rest of the NFL, he is slightly below average, given his -1.7 Pro Football Focus rating. But he is talented player with the potential to be an elite corner.
Joseph largely flies under the radar, but he has had a fine season at defensive tackle. The third-year player has 54 tackles, four sacks and a solid 4.1 PFF rating. Along with Pierre-Paul, he is a building block to help improve New York's ability to stop the run.