What Does the Loss of Antonio Pierce Mean for the Giants?

Victor SpurrierContributor IIFebruary 11, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 25:  Antonio Pierce #58 of the New York Giants gets the crowd going against the Arizona Cardinals on October 25, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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I don't know about you, but Pierce being cut was a bit of a shock. I knew things were going to change in New York, but I did not think this was where they would start...

OK, maybe that's a bit of sarcasm.  It was clear that the Giants were going to release him.

So what does this mean for the G-Men?

No. 1

The Giants now have another hole to fill.  They could have used a linebacker before cutting Pierce and now they need two. 

It's a defense that could use another defensive back, safety, and now two linebackers.

No. 2

The Giants need to find a new leader of the defense.  Pierce was the emotional leader of the defense, and was the coach on the field. 

Pierce was in charge of making sure the coverages were correct, and the alignments were right.  He was also in charge of making necessary adjustments.

No. 3

Shoring up the middle of the defense is a priority.  Without Pierce they need someone to step up big time, or add a middle linebacker. 

If no one steps up big time, and they refuse to sign or draft a top caliber middle linebacker than the interior of the defensive line needs to compensate.  This means that Cofield, Robbins, Bernard, Alford, and Canty all need to step up, or someone needs to be added to the mix.

No. 4

There will be more shakeups on the Giants defense.  A team isn't going to get rid of its leader unless the intent is to rework much of the defense. 

Expect key additions, and maybe one or more starters to leave this offseason.