Speaking fo his days in Cleveland, Ernie Accorsi said recently: “quarterback, pass rusher, corners – in that order. But if you have to choose between corners and pass rushers, it should be the pass rushers. We had two great corners in (Hanford) Dixon and (Frank) Minnifield (in Cleveland). But you can’t cover forever. And when you have a pass rusher you don’t have to cover long.”
Since EA has to be happy with Osi and Strahan and says he’s happy with Tuck, you have to think the Giants are looking for a pass rushing defensive tackle or linebacker and corners.
Or should we scratch the pass rushing defensive tackle? As EA said, “We are in good shape with our defensive front. Those two guys are Pro Bowlers, but the people inside, William Joseph who was injured, (Kendrick) Clancy and everyone else – (Damane) Duckett and (Fred) Robbins are good role players. We have depth and we have a couple of young guys that have a chance to be pretty good players. So I am happy about our front. We have work to do in the back seven, obviously.”
So linebacker and cornerback, which is more important? In a 4-3, you don’t rely on linebackers for a pass rush, so EA has to be thinking corner first. Interestingly though, he said he’s looking for depth. Naturally he’s hoping Will Peterson comes back and says Will Allen would be back if the corner market doesn’t get too expensive. He thinks Webster will be good and is not giving up on Deloatch.
While talking defense, EA also said “Some guys are getting older and they are losing it.” He’s probably talking about Brent Alexander, Shaun Williams, and Carlos Emmons so you have to wonder if any of those guys are coming back. would take Emmons back personally. He can compete with Torbor at strong side linebacker and did OK at weakside linebacker so he’s good depth there. Injuries are a concern, however.
While EA said the focus is obviously going to be on defense, wide receiver was also a need. Interestingly, he said nothing about a left offensive tackle to groom behind Luke.