Top 10 Difference Makers for the 2009 Giants

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Top 10 Difference Makers for the 2009 Giants
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There are a lot of questions surrounding the 2009 Giants. Will the receivers step up and fill the void left by Plaxico Burress?

How will the defense fare under new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan? Will the Giants running game suffer from the unproven players in the passing game?

These are just a few of them, but what one factor will prove to be the most determining for Big Blue in 2009?

Aside from the much discussed struggles in the receiving corps, the Giants have many other questions throughout the team. Steve Spagnuolo is gone and former linebackers coach Bill Sheridan will have a lot to prove in his first season as defensive coordinator.

With many of the same players and a few key off-season acquisitions on defense, Sheridan will be expected to keep the defense running at the same level Spagnuolo had them running at. But this big question mark doesn't even make it into this top 10.

The additions of Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard, C.C. Brown and Michael Boley to the players who were already there gives Sheridan more than enough to work with on defense, but that doesn't mean that there isn't any uncertainty on the defense.

Following a Super Bowl victory and an early loss in the playoffs last season after leading the NFC with a 12-4 record, expectations are as high as they have been in years for the New York Football Giants, yet, so is the uncertainty.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin will have to get his team to believe in the players they have. Yes, especially at receiver, but that shouldn't be hard.

As long as Coughlin realizes what are the most important factors to his team's success then the 2009 Giants should continue to dominate. And here are ten things Coughlin and Giants fans should realize heading into the '09 season.

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