Originally posted by Chief:
How about we mention the fact we are 3rd in total yards allowed with 292.2 ypg and FIRST in points with 14.1 ppg. Both up from last years respectable 308.2 ypg and 14.3 ppg. The huge boost in pass defense from 16th last year to this years 3rd place to go along with the before mentioned and I would say the defense has given a little to take a little.
This defense is better than last years.
One thing I've noticed with this year's defense is that it feeds off of the rest of the team and turnovers. Perhaps that's true of all defenses, but only way I can explain the Jekyll and Hyde performance this year, compared to last year where without our defense playing lights out we maybe win 9 or 10 games.
I think the complacency of knowing they are a good unit, having a better offense this year, and having teams specifically game plan against them has contributed to an overall drop in performance which has been offset to a degree by being in the 2nd year of the Fangio defense (Whitner alluded to improving in this regard and perhaps he is right).
It's awesome to get turnovers, but the suffocating defenses of past that you can trust with your life controlled the LOS, got to the QB and had a decent enough secondary to limit big plays. Last year's 2nd half of NFCC 49er defense did just that with 0 turnovers.
Let's be patient and see what develops. The Giants are in a crazy offensive slump right now....but if I were a Giants fan I'd be pretty confident that at some point they will turn it around and be dangerous.
I feel the same way about this team's defense, esp. in big games.