It might take the rest of the league till the end of the season to find out what teams in the NFC East have known since 2004: Antonio Pierce is one of the best middle linebackers in the league. Problem is he's had to work seven times as hard as first-round, high-pedigree MLBs like Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis to gain notoriety.
October 11, 2006
The New England Patriots had a trio of veteran defenders in for a look on Monday. Why are the Patriots looking at defensive players? Injuries may be rearing their ugly head for the third year in a row. The team has already lost two members of this year's secondary, and it looks like that trend may not have ended in 2006.
September 21, 2006
A week or so after their season ended - with a whimper, not a bang - the Giants began addressing one area of absolute concern. As a prelude to more work scheduled, they fired their defensive backfield coach, Ron Milus, who still had a year left on his contract. The team finished near the bottom of the NFL pack in passing yards allowed, and despite injuries, coach Tom Coughlin felt the decision to let Milus go was correct.
January 30, 2006
Ok, fans. It's time for the Giants final report card. And just remember that the players are being graded on their entire season's body of work, not just the terrible playoff game that ended the year prematurely. Players not listed received incompletes.
January 19, 2006