Robert Nunn Hired As Giants Defensive Line Coach: A Giant Mistake?

Robert ZendzianCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2010

TAMPA, FL - 2009:  Robert Nunn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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The New York Giants or Tom Coughlin must have seen something in Robert Nunn. 

The team hired Nunn to fill the vacant defensive line coaching job earlier today, according to  However, the question now is whether the signing of the former Buccaneer defensive line coach is an upgrade or downgrade to the position formerly held by Mike Waufle.

While stats can be as cheap as talk, it seems a wonder why the Giants did not stick with Waufle. 

First, while the Giants are trying to improve on a 8-8 season, Nunn coached a defensive line for the 3-13 Buccaneers.  Let us write that off as the fact that you cannot blame a defensive line coach for the win loss record for an entire team.

Researching further into the matter, the Giants will indeed need to improve upon their 324.9 yards against per game if they expect to make a run for the playoffs in 2010.  However, Nunn was part of a defensive coaching staff that allowed 365.6 yards a game.  A 27th ranked defense is not something you are going to boast on a resume. 

Again, allow us to look past this and say it could be due to the linebacker and secondary play.

The defensive line plays a significant role in stopping the run.  The Giants were mediocre in 2009 ranking 14th  in stopping the run.  The Buccaneers ranked last in the league against the run in 2009 allowing 158.2 yards a game and posting a league worst 4.8 yards against per carry. 

It seems to be getting harder to ignore stats, does it not?

The Giants' inability to pressure the quarterback in important situations was a glaring problem in 2009.  They only got 32 last year and Coughlin knows that is unacceptable.  Therefore, one has to ponder the reason behind hiring the defensive line coach from a team that posted only 28 sacks last year. 

Is there a reason to have shimmer of hope switching to Nunn?

Be my guest and try to find one.  I have a hard time understanding a 8-8 team hiring a man who cannot keep his job with a 3-13 team.  While I will reiterate that stats can be cheap, I guess the only thing one can do is wait and find out. 

Until then, this is a decision that should baffle New York Giants fans.