Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
The Giants have the deepest, best defensive line in football. They’ll scare the pants off every offensive line and quarterback in the league and dominate games the way no other unit can.
Boy, it was just a year ago people were saying those kinds of things about the Giants, who added depth to an already strong position during the 2009 offseason. Heck, some of the Giants themselves were saying it.
Well, after a disappointing season that did not come anywhere close to expectations at that position, that kind of talk is coming back around. Especially when the Giants line up the way they did at times during this minicamp, with four speed-rushers – Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora and rookie Jason Pierre-Paul – all on the line of scrimmage.
“If you have four guys up front who all have the capability of getting past a one-on-one block, it puts the pressure to get the ball out quick or take a sack,” Kiwanuka said.
But Kiwanuka has also learned his lesson about hyping his unit.
“It’s fun to sit and speculate about what could be, but we’ve been there before and we know that it’s all about getting it done,” he said. “At the end of the season nobody looks back at the preseason and says this team should have (won). That doesn’t matter to us. We’re more about getting it done on the field this year as opposed to being hyped up before the season starts.”
Kiwanuka did agree that he’s heard the same kind of questions and talk about the defensive line at this time last season. He’s learned that it means nothing.
“On paper in the offseason, you can be the projected Super Bowl champions,” he said. “If you don’t get it done on the field, it’s all a wash.”