After a very disappointing season, missing the players the New York Giants need to make some changes. I don't think they need to completely tear apart the team, but one area that needs to be looked at majorly is the defense. They didn't live up to the expectations after a brilliant season that won them a Super Bowl in 2011. With guys like Osi Umenyiora and Kenny Phillips probably gone, along with others, there is one bright spot. Stevie Brown.
Brown was acquired on April 3rd as a free agent. His performance pretty much made everyone forget about Phillips who sat out 9 games with a knee strain. Even when he did come back and play, Philips was only used as a situational player. Brown closed out the season winning Defensive Player of the Week for a 2nd time, the only Giant safety in history to win that honor multiple times.
Stevie Brown deserves a permanent spot on this New York Giant roster. Since stepping in fulltime in October, Brown recorded 8 INT's for a franchise-record of 307 yards. The secondary struggled all year long with injuries on the right side and a sub-par performance on left side with Corey Webster. Brown and Antrel Rolle gave hope to the Giants fans every week in the middle. Brown's performances in the Dallas and Philadelphia games made him a sure thing in my eyes.
General Manager Jerry Reese has a lot of decisions to make. Corey Webster is coming up on the last year of his contract. Is he worth the 7 million dollars they gave him? Phillips is probably gone. Reese needs to decide who will be at right cornerback next year. Should they stick with twice injured Terrell Thomas or stick with Prince Amukamara and Jayron Hosley? Or pick up a vet in free agency? The only position Reese won't have to figure out is the safeties Brown, Rolle and Will Hill.
With the right moves and no major tinkering I believe the Giants will be back in the playoffs come next season. But there are still players to be moved and positions to fill before getting back to their super bowl glory of 2011.