It was initially met with displeasure.
How can any plan that took the team's two best players from a year go -- defensive end Greg Ellis and defensive tackle La'Roi Glover -- off the field for large amounts of time be best for the team?
As Sunday's 28-24 victory against the Chargers proved, it was best because it kept Ellis and Glover fresh and energized to rush the passer late in the game.
Coach Bill Parcells rotated his three down linemen every possession. Glover, Ellis and Kenyon Coleman started. The next series brought rookie defensive ends Marcus Spears and Chris Canty and nose tackle Jason Ferguson to the field.
With the Chargers trying to rally for a comeback victory in the final minutes, their freshness paid off with consistent pressure.
"I wasn't winded at all in the fourth quarter," Glover said. "The guys had a lot of energy. Usually I am gassed at that part of the game. But I wasn't winded or tired."
Said Parcells: "I think it's a healthy thing to do that. I do think these young linemen do have some ability. They are going to improve as we go. Hopefully, we will continue to do what we are doing with them. I think it helped. It helped the vets too."
DL Rotation Pays Off
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