At the halfway point of another dismal season for the New York Giants, there have been two battle cries from the Big Blue fan base to help improve the organization. The first one has been going on for several seasons now and that is to improve the offensive line. The second has come about more this season and that is to replace quarterback Eli Manning. While the losses and Eli Manning’s age goes up the G-Men need more than just a quarterback to change the Giants from a pretender to a contender.
While the offense has been taking the brunt of the criticism the Giants defense has been far from the glory days of Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan terrorizing quarterbacks. There are many key stats that illustrate the defensive unit needs to be upgraded at several key positions. First, who is the feared pass rusher for the Giants this season? With the trade of Jason Pierre-Paul, Olivier Vernon was supposed to take that role but Vernon has missed 5 games because of injuries in 2018. As a team, the Giants have 10 sacks. Danielle Hunter has more sacks individually in 2018 (11.5) than the Giants entire defense.
The turnover battle is another part where the Giants defense has not been performing up to task. The G-Men have 7 forced turnovers which ranks 28th out of 32 of the NFL teams and the inability of the defense to generate turnovers does not help out the offense. There are very few if any situations where the Giants offense is the beneficiary of good field position via a turnover generated by the Giants defense.
How do the Giants address the needs on defense especially after switching to a 3-4 defense? One way to solve the sacks and turnover problem is by acquiring a pass rusher at linebacker. Since the Giants defense is solid with defensive tackles Dalvin Tomlinson and B.J. Hill a speedy linebacker makes sense to wreak havoc on the opposing quarterback. That pass rusher can also generate turnovers by forced fumbles or hurrying the quarterback into an interception.