New York Giants' Defense: Help Is on the Way

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IJanuary 8, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 20:  Richard Seymour #92 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

I never do this, but today it's snowing in New York City and I feel like thinking ahead. I normally never ask for anything, but today I am...

For defensive coordinator, I am endorsing Romeo Crennel. I am not a fan of retreads, but Crennel is no ordinary retread. He’s an accomplished coach whose strategies are proven and effective. He is well respected and will bring this Giants defense back to a level to which the East Rutherford faithful are accustomed.

I expect to see him signed by next week. That’s not a prediction, that’s a demand.

Who Stays, Who Goes

D-line: Justin Tuck , Barry Cofield, Jay Alford, Chris Canty, Mathias Kiwanuka , Osi Umenyiora

LB: Michael Boley, Clint Sintim, Jonathan Goff, Chase Blackburn

Secondary: Kenny Phillips, Michael Johnson, Corey Webster , Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Aaron Ross

The rest can go...

In free agency and/or the draft, I want to see several things happen. The Giants need a linebacker who not only motivates, but scares opponents. They also need a safety and/or any able bodies who can cover in space.

Some names from the draft (providing they all are eligible) that must be considered: Rolando McClain, LB Alabama; Sergio Kindle, LB Texas; Ricky Sapp, LB Tennessee; Taylor Mays, S USC; Brandon Spikes, LB Florida.

Get one (or more) of these players and you wont have to worry about speed or power behind the d-line ever again. If a trade has to happen to get this done, then make it happen.

In free agency, under either set of rules (capped or uncapped) they can grab both Darren Sharper and Richard Seymour—two veteran presences who can still make plays. Sharper isn’t what he used to be, but he won’t get toasted like CC Brown or Aaron Rouse did this year.

Seymour pressures the passer and is a run stopper. Did I mention he and Crennel have a long-standing relationship?

If they sign Seymour, Osi Umenyiora may be expendable in a trade that could help the Giants move up in the draft.

All the defensive problems are fixable after all...


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.