The Giants have 19 sacks this season, 13 of them in the last two games. That may seem like a lot. But Barry Cofield said the defensive linemen have a lot to live up to.
“If you’re a defensive lineman, especially in this city for this team with the storied history we’ve had defensively,” he said. “We used to look up at the old stadium and they had the New York Sack Exchange for the Jets. We want to build up a brand name like that, we want to be recognized as a feared unit year in and year out, game in and game out. We want to be a defense that you realize when you play us it’s going to be a very physical game and you have to protect your quarterback. We feel like we’re off to a good start.”
So is Cofield, who has two sacks and five quarterback hits. He’s also been in hot pursuit of a few quarterbacks, running sideline to sideline. That’s something he probably would not have been able to do last year when he was coming off knee surgery and said, looking back, that he was only playing at about 75 percent.
So if the Giants had a poster like the New York Sack Exchange, Cofield might actually be in it this year. After spending his first few years as a primary run-stuffer, he chuckled at that idea.
“We’re going to let our play do the talking,” he said, “and if somebody feels so inclined to make a poster or something, I’m sure we’ll all be there.”