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Big Blue’s Defense Picks Up the Slack Once Again


The Giants dialed up the pressure on Andy Dalton in the closing minutes of a 21-20 victory over the Bengals on Monday Night Football (Credit: Jim McIsaac/Newsday) 

– Jim Bearor

The Giants squeaked out a 21-20 win over the Bengals on Monday Night Football to make it four straight, bringing them to 6-3 on the year. At halftime, former general manager Ernie Accorsi, former defensive end Justin Tuck, and former head coach Tom Coughlin were all inducted into Big Blue’s Ring of Honor. It was an event of a night, and the stage was set for Big Blue to either send a message or falter while everyone was watching. I expected a bit of both, and I think that’s what we got. Continue reading


Steve Spagnuolo and the Giants Must Figure It Out

A recharged Jason Pierre-Paul will be the key to an improved defense. (Getty Images)

A recharged Jason Pierre-Paul will be the key to an improved defense. (Getty Images)

Jim Bearor

The New York Giants have brought more happiness than unhappiness into my life, but I don’t think that statement applies to the defense alone. I know, it’s hard to complain as a fan when your team has won two Super Bowls in the past ten years, but we all know it hasn’t been a smooth decade for Big Blue. They’ve been the epitome of boom or bust, and in a lot of instances, they’ll pull the carpet out from under you as soon as you let your guard down. Last year was a prime example, filled with innovative, headshaking losses.  I could go on and on about poor game management and offense’s inability at times to put a knife in the opponent, but the year-to-year inconsistencies of the defense have resulted in the creation of this identity of unreliability and insecurity that the unit has yet to shake.

Steve Spagnuolo left New York to become head coach of the Rams after the 2008 season, and it was one of those breakups where only a couple years later both sides were probably looking back on it, thinking about what could have been, and secretly wishing they had another chance at it. The universe has brought these two back together, but a lot has changed in the six years they’ve been apart. Continue reading