If you could bring back one player that has played under Tom Coughlin for the Giants, as they were in their prime, and they can only play this season (not worrying about salary or anything) who would it be?
I think I would go for Antonio Pierce in his prime, as i think it fills a big need on the team this season, if not him then Shaun O'Hara
of burress, cruz and nicks does appeal alot too
Tiki (I don't think he'd make the comical comment on this team) - distant second.
if not him then Kareem McKenzie, a criminally underrated Giant
could really use though might be Shockey if Strahan and Tiki couldn't make it
Strahan... followed by Pierce so we can have a decent MLB...
Barber was pretty friggin' good in his prime and would fill a huge need on the Giants as currently constructed.
We signed Cullen Jenkins hoping he can come close to what Fred Robbins gave us as an interior pass rusher.
or Matt Dodge(his release still haunts me).
What a fucking disaster that 2009 season was.
would do good things for this team.
Injuries cheated us out of their best years.
Antonio Pierce from the first few years he was here would be a great addition right now.
Sam Madison - never hurts having a vet like him back in the Secondary. While he may have lost a step, his awareness and understanding of the game was awesome
Derrick Ward - He'd be a really nice change of pace back to pair with Wilson
Hedgecock - Dude was beastly for us.
Kawika Mitchell - We could use a solid LB.
Fred Robbins - Big part of our dominating DL several years ago.
how about Gibril Wilson? He was cut by both the Raiders and Dolphins after only a year but they were salary cap moves, he was actually very productive in both slots, recording 129 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 2 picks in Oakland and 93 tackles, a sack, and 8 passes defended in Miami. Problem was Oakland's FO was a mess and overpaid him coming off the Super Bowl, and Miam gave him a deal they couldn't sustain based on his production in Oakland. He's not the first name to come to mind but with 360 tackles, 6 sacks, 19 passes defensed, and 11 picks over 3 and a half seasons he oughta be in the conversation with Mundy and Taylor currently filling out the depth chart.
just before he shot himself.
Dodge. That dude wreaked my blood pressure. It's still damaged from him.
That being said, hmmmm....hmmmm.... a case can be made for all the names listed so far, but I gotta' go Pierce.
We have enough there. I would choose subert or pierce. We are seriously hurting there.
as for the leadership.
This team needs a leader.
the D-line play too.
On defense a pass rush covers up for a lot of deficiencies.
Strahan was obviously an elite pass rusher, but what a lot of people (outside of Giants fans probably) don't give him nearly enough credit for was his run defense.
he was as good a two-way defensive player the Giants have had since LT.
Nothing is more demoralizing them being run (for me as a fan at least LOL).
the leadership straphan provides Is important but pierce can provide that to some extent.
Also if strahan is a 10 I think tuck is a 6.5
However I think pierce is a 7.5 and Connor is maybe a 3.
*not using a log scale!
After him Robbins, McKenzie, or 2005 Antonio Pierce.
he actually ranked two spots lower than CC Brown did on on PFF... and was second worst in the entire league.
Think about that, of the 4 lowest ranked safeties, the Giants had a starting pair good for 50%.
I'd take Tony Boselli in a heart beat. There were other great players over there like Fred Taylor, Keenan McCardell, and Jimmy Smith. Always been particular to Natrone Means.
Just because he is such an upgrade over everything we have at LB right now. MS was amazing, but we have bigger issues on this team.
from when Coughlin was the WR coach for the Giants
who was a very good linebacker for Jax.
He was just so good. It's far from the greatest position of need, but with Strahan here, the DL would be so terrifying that it would cover up for the rest of the D.
The win. Strahan of course but I like the Suerbert pick. Leader and honestly one of the toughest SOBs going.
Think this OL could use him?
Although he and Wilson are about the same size, Tiki excelled at a lot of things Wilson is still learning. They would make a wicked tandem.
The Hall of Fame Michael Strahan wasn't really a "Coughlin Era" player. MS played his best ball under Reeves and Fassel. Under Coughlin, he was still excellent, but had two of four seasons wrecked by injury. Besides, DE is far from this team's biggest need.
2005 vintage Pierce/McKenzie, or Seubert/Snee circa 2008 are all good candidates. And can we put Corey Webster in a time machine?
Hall of Fame DE in his prime? No question.
but if our LB play ends up as bad as it appears it might, then Pierce might be a greater increment over existing players.
We are also desperate for a third down back, but by definition the number of plays wouldn't be sufficient. Of course, if Wilson disappoints or wears down, then Tiki becomes the obvious choice.
Preferably McKenzie in his prime.
He'd cure a lot of ills in the secondary.
The upgrade from Herzlich or whichever other clown will start at MLB this year to Pierce is massive.
Ever since he left the run defense has sucked.
or Seubert. Seubert would really really solidify the line and Strahan is a HOF, so its obvious why.
would be Tiki Barber. Have him & Wilson split the carries. Or Tiki & Cox with Wilson returning kicks and occasional RB play.
Tiki in his prime was the most powerful offensive weapon the Giants have ever possessed. Besides Eli, probably the second most valuable player the Giants had in the last decade. You didn't need a good OL, he'd find the holes.
Antonio Pierce is easily second on my list. Who doesn't miss quality MLB play?