BY: Marc Cogliano
With a new improved defense which looks like the defense that took them to the Super Bowl 42, and a well run offense that can be very productive and can score in the red zone, their is no reason why the Giants can't run the show in the NFC. This offense will be stellar for several reasons, their O-line is going to have another great year. They were great for pass blocking and helping their running backs to reach 1,000 yards each.
The Giants receiving core is very deep this year, you have Steve Smith who has the most of reps in the group and most experience. He can be a standout receiver if he can stay healthy. Next, you have Domenik Hixon who had some spectacular plays against the Cleveland Browns in the pre season last year and had a couple of good games this past year. Then its the sensational rookie, Hakeem Nicks. He will be a huge factor this year, he looks like a kid that can really play.
Everybody raves about his catching skills. Nicks need to have a good year.
Finally, you have Ramses Barden who is the closest thing to a Plaxico type of player, Sinorice Moss and Mario Manningham have been beat in up by injuries so we are waiting to see if they can contribute. Also, Kevin Boss will be boosting this receiving core with his size, mixing up match ups and helping the offense line.
Eli Manning is getting better each year by being a quarterback that does not throw tons of interceptions or having bad completion percentage. This past year, Eli jumped up from 56.1 pct to a 60.3 pct. As for interceptions, he cut his number into half from 20 to 10. That's what Eli needs to become a top quarterback in the NFL.
When they say defense wins championships you should ask the 07 New York Giants defense if that's true. This year's defense can be as good or even better than the 07 defense. If you take one look at our defensive line this year and their line from two years ago, it has one thing in common....Depth. With the new guys in the rotation like Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, they will have a huge impact on the defensive line. They will join the havoc with Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Barry Cofield, Fred Robbins, and with small reps Dave Tollefson and Jay Alford. The Giants will be BALLIN a lot this year in my mind.
Next, the linebackers are going to be lead by the veteran Antonio Pierce. He had some distractions last year, but he will bounce back this year because he is the heart beat of the defense. With Steve Spagnuolo gone, Pierce has to be the man and step up. Along side of him will be newly acquired Michael Boley who will help the outside linebackers with his experience. Also we have Clint Sintim who we just drafted. He will be in the hunt for the starting spot with Danny Clark. Clint looks like a hard nose player who will hit his own mother if she had the ball. Mathias Kiwanuka will be in the mix for OLB/DE. It seems this poor guy can't stay in one position for more than one year.
Finally, we have the secondary which should improve from last year. At the corner back position Aaron Ross is becoming a shutdown corner with his experience and his skills. He is a so good because he has a great football IQ. Across the field his partner is Corey Webster who came off a good season with the Giants and can have another good one. Also, Kevin Dockery will be filtering in with them.
As we see this 2009 New York Giants on paper therr should be no question why they can't be the best team in the NFC.
Also, for a quick stat for the Giants fans, we had beat in the final four teams in the playoffs in the regular season and they are; Arizona Cardinals(37-29), Philadelphia Eagles(36-31), Baltimore Ravens(30-10), and finally the Super Bowl champions Pittsburgh Steelers(21-14).