It would be an understatement to say Perry Fewell, the Defensive Coordinator of the New York Giants, is anxiously looking forward to the new season. During a recent interview, Fewell made several mentions of the upcoming Fall and having his players get hit in the mouth. Facing the team's new-look, up-tempo, multi-personnel offense, which the defensive coaches "love", has further whet Fewell's appetite.
Overall, he was extremely positive and optimistic about his defense and succinctly summarized the state of affairs within each of the units within his jurisdiction.
The additions of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond had Fewell excited.
"There's some new energy, different blood. Some different speeds and so far they have gelled very well together." Perry is hoping this defensive change of pace can force offensive alterations on the opposition's end.
Fewell used the same word to describe each of his ends…"impressive". He was upbeat discussing the mix of returning and developing talent. He did also acknowledge that further work is required, "I think the inside portion of our defensive line is a strong positive for us. We will continue to develop the outside portion of it." Fewell is also reserving judgment on Damontre Moore and others, believing they have made progress but wants to see their reactions after the 1st hit.
Perry hailed Jon Beason and Jameel McClain's maturation especially in terms of their leadership and communication skills. The two are apparently always in contact with one another and always discussing football. Spencer Paysinger and Devon Kennard are quickly integrating themselves into this group which is accelerating their development and aiding Fewell's job, claiming "All of them as a group are working really well together…" He wrapped things up by describing this year's rookie class, saying "I think this is some of the better rookie linebackers that we've brought in in the last four years that I've been here. That '11 class was pretty good. I think this class is really stepping up to the plate and to try to equal that or better." He acknowledged the potential for several potential team leaders but is, again, reserving judgment until the season.