Monday, August 25, 2008

Giants Lose Much More Than Game To Jets

The loss of Osi Umenyiora in an exhibition game against the NY Jets is a big blow to the NY Giants Defense. In a Preseason game that received much New York media focus on the Brett Favre Craze, Giants DE Omenyiora went down with a torn lateral meniscus in the second quarter while pursuing Favre, leaving the Giants with a monumental hole to fill on the Defensive Line for the season. Michael Strahan, retired and settled into his Fox television job, most likely will not come back. So the Giants are forced to cover for Omenyiora from within right now, with the most likely scenario of replacing him with Dave Tollefson or moving LB Mathias Kiwanuka back to his natural DE position. The second of which could be done easily due to the Giants depth at the Linebacker position. Only time will tell (of which they have little of) what the Giants will do to replace Omenyiora for the season. I say they shouldn't bother with Strahan, who might not be interested anyway. It's a chance to see if Tollefson can step up and play a bigger role than planned in this talented Giants defense. If Tollefson doesn't work out there, then go to Kiwanuka. In the meantime you still have Justin Tuck on the line to provide pressure on opposing QB's. I think Tom Coughlin will rise to the occasion and find a good solution to filling the gaping hole left by the loss of a key Pro Bowl player on Defense.

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