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Pierce biased when comparing '07 to '11

Former linebacker Antonio Pierce, who finished his career

Former linebacker Antonio Pierce, who finished his career with nine sacks and seven interceptions. Photo Credit: Joe Faraoni

Antonio Pierce was on The Michael Kay Show on 1050 ESPN this afternoon and of course comparisons were quickly being made between the 2007 Giants and the current team. The big question: Which was better?

“I might be a little biased,” Pierce said with a chuckle.

Pierce of course was the starting middle linebacker on that squad that started out with two bad losses and wound up beating the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Now as an analyst for ESPN, he said that 2007 team probably had more going for it.

“The thing I’ll say about the 2007 team offensively is we were more balanced,” he said, noting that they were a running team and able to dominate the line of scrimmage with an offensive line. Not so much this season. The 2011 Giants have been inconsistent. But, as Pierce said, the jury is still out. It’s apples and oranges until the 2011 team gets in the same fruit stand.

Meanwhile, the team that was probably the best the Giants have fielded in recent years was in 2008. That team went 12-4 and had the first seed in the NFC playoffs but didn’t win a Super Bowl so is not considered in the conversation. At one point, of course, they were 11-1. Then, a few guys went to the Latin Quarter and it all went away.

Pierce was with Plaxico Burress that night in 2008. Does he think that incident cost the Giants a chance to repeat as champions and likely squish all debate about which team was better?

“I don’t think it cost us,” Pierce said, “but I think it put us in a bad situation.”

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