Porous secondary play was the Achilles' heel for the New York Giants in 2012. An exposed and undermanned defensive backs unit caused New York to miss the playoffs, one year removed from a championship campaign.
The Giants' 27th-ranked pass defense is a glaring blemish on an otherwise solid team.
Whether it was injury, play-calling or an overall decline in ability, several players failed to consistently make an impact for Perry Fewell's defense.
There's often nowhere to hide when you are victimized as a defensive back. A player's shortcomings in the secondary are readily viewable and criticized by spectators.
Substandard production will initiate changes in personnel this offseason.
Free agency and the draft offer up an opportunity for the Giants to vastly improve a defense which yielded 4,068 yards through the air last year. Here are five ways New York can work toward shoring up a maligned secondary.