New York Giants: Defensive Changes This Offseason

Mike Gliddon@mikegliddonCorrespondent IDecember 15, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09:  Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and DeAndre Wright #26 of the New York Giants work out at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants have had a rocky go since their 5-0 start. They have lost five of their last seven games and are in a struggle to get into the playoffs; a feat that seemed possible less than two short months ago. 

But who is the biggest culprit behind the Giants struggles?

The G-Men have had their fair share of problems on the defensive side of the field, since the Saints offense marched all over the Giants in New Orleans. And most of the fingers are being pointed at the defensive coordinator.

Most people are already saying Bill Sheridan is a goner. That seems likely with the defensive line getting very little pressure on opposing quarterbacks and the secondary getting torn apart by the likes of Tony Romo and Donovan McNabb.

But its not just the coordinator's fault. The team has had many injuries and players have to execute too.

C.C. Brown has been given the nickname "Can't Cover," but he was brought in to try and shore up the run defense.  Aaron Ross missed a big chunk of games with a hamstring injury that has been lingering since he came into the league.

Terrell Thomas and Bruce Johnson have showed glimpses of brilliance, but they are not meant to be starting corners.

Corey Webster has played well short of expectations this year. Kenny Phillips was becoming a great safety until the knee injury cut his season short.

The linebackers have been decent and are young. Pierce is a natural leader, but he is getting older and the neck injury doesn't bode well for his return in 2010. Same goes for Clark, who will most likely be let go to free agency.

Chase Blackburn, Michael Boley, Bryan Kehl, Jonathon Goff, and Zak Deossie will all be on the roster next year. They form a solid, young nucleus for the middle of the defense, but none are standout players.

The defensive line will most likely remain the same going into next year. The one big change would be with Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins.

Each have each been starters over the past three—plus seasons but will be free agents at the end of this year. Cofield will likely be kept since he is younger.

The Giants will also have Chris Canty, Jay Alford, and Rocky Bernard to play the middle. Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, Dave Tollefson, and Clint Sintim will all get play at the end position to keep the lineup fresh.

A new defensive coordinator will have to be brought in. But should the Giants go away from a blitzing coordinator to compensate for their struggling secondary? The search for a new defensive coordinator will be something to watch this offseason.