Giants look to rediscover defensive identity

After a sub-par performance by their defense last season, the New York Giants have set their sights set on turning things around this year. Giants' safety Antrel Rolle is ready to direct New York's secondary back to respectability when the 2013 regular season gets underway.

The 2013 NFL season is less than three months away and the New York Football Giants are already focusing on improving the play of their defensive unit. Big Blue's defense ranked No. 31 overall in 2012, and didn't closely resemble the hard-hitting unit that propelled them to a Lombardi Trophy just two seasons ago.

Big Blue relied heavily on their pass rush, which was virtually non-existent thus allowing teams to pick apart Big Blue's secondary and run all over a below average linebacking corps. This season the Giants are hoping for a different outcome. Some players from last year's defense have left like Osi Umenyiora, Michael Boley and defensive captain Chase Blackburn but the Giants remain confident that they can fill in those spots.

"With every player lost, there's a player gained, Giants' safety Antrel Rolle said in a recent interview. "Unfortunately you lose players, but that's the nature of this business and it just gives other guys the opportunity to come in and step up and make plays and for the guys who have been here to improve on their game and just work on their craft."

Rolle also talked about how the defense is coming along and what Giants' fans should look forward to this upcoming season.

"I think we've gone through a little of that right now with OTAs, which is the team's enthusiasm with the way we gel and not just as a certain unit, not just as a DB unit or as a defensive line unit, but as a whole, as a collective team, and I think that's something that has definitely grown in the further stages of this season," noted Rolle. So I'm just looking forward to that to continue because with that comes along a lot better things."

As for the embarrassing distinction of finishing as the NFL's second-worst defense last season, Rolle is focused solely on the task ahead of him.

"That's last year," said Rolle. "There's nothing now you can do about it. The only thing you can do is just get better from it and make sure you get better from those corrections."

The Giants are looking to avoid missing out on the playoffs again this upcoming season. For a team that is just one year removed from winning a Super Bowl, New York has a lot of work ahead of them if we it wants to once again taste postseason glory

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