MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - Tracy has been productive in limited opportunities and deserves to get the first shot at being No. 3. But rookie third-round draft choice
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - Tracy is more of a situational pass rushing defensive lineman, since he is a smaller converted linebacker. I think he is certainly in the mix, but so is Adeale Ojomo, Damontre Moore and
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - If there is such a thing as an incumbent for a backup role, Tracy is it. After having to be patient with injuries, Tracy is hungry and looking explosive so far. His big game against San Francisco last season also gave him some confidence. So I’m saying Tracy until a guy like Damontre Moore puts the pads on and we can get a better look. Don’t forget about Justin Trattou, either. He was setting up to take over that Dave Tollefson role until an injury sidelined him last season.
Improving the run defense is more important than having a better pass rush this season.
MICHAEL EISEN: Fact - Just ask Tom Coughlin, who has said perhaps a million times that good defense begins with stopping the run. The Giants must do a better job shutting down opposing backs than they did in 2012.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - But only because improving the run defense will give the pass rushers more opportunities to get to the quarterback if teams are in more second and third and longs. The team’s inability to stop the run last year set up the Giants secondary for failure and sabotaged the entire defense. The team has to stop the run this year, especially with two games apiece against DeMarco Murray, Alfred Morris, LeSean McCoy and other games versus Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, Darren McFadden, and Marshawn Lynch.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - The goal of every defense is to make the opposing offense one-dimensional. Stopping the run is the way to do that as opposed to working in reverse. I don’t think too many coaches or players would disagree that most problems last season stemmed from the run defense, which ranked 28th in giving up 4.6 yards per rush.
The Giants’ offensive line is in better shape than it was heading into last season.
MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - Perhaps it is long-term, but that statement doesn’t hold up now. Two starters – guard
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fact - With the addition of first round pick Justin Pugh and hopefully further improvement from
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - The unit has two things heading into the new season – stability and backup options. Yes, Chris Snee and David Baas are rehabbing, but they’re two tough vets who won’t miss a beat when they return. In the meantime, the organization locked down the left tackle spot with
A game with zero sacks allowed is better than a game with multiple sacks for your defense.
MICHAEL EISEN: Fiction - Depends on the game. What if you allow zero sacks, but turn over the ball four times? I’d prefer to take a sack. The Giants allowed an NFL-low 20 sacks last season, but didn’t make the playoffs.
JOHN SCHMEELK: Fiction - Sacks is the wrong metric to use in either case. QB pressures and hits can be just as valuable as sacks. If a quarterback is rushed and that forces an interception, it’s even better than a sack.
DAN SALOMONE: Fact - This is a tough one. Both the numbers and my gut feeling are split. As a starter,
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