There's been a lot of thinking on here of late about how to rebuild the team, and where we need to improve. We all know the team is painful to watch, the O makes too many mistakes, the OL is a disaster, and the D is historically bad.
As I pondered my experience as a Giants fan, I came to the realization that if I were the owners, I would want to bring in someone who will put emphasis on defense. Not just because of the obvious -- they're horrific and D keeps you in games -- but more fundamentally because it's the NY Giants tradition, pride, and culture. Different teams have different identities. Giants tradition and identity is built around defense. Our best players generally were on D - Huff, LT, Carson, Banks, Strahan, Tuck, Osi.
The Giants are associated with LBs almost more than any other position or team when you think of the lore. Hell even in the 70s we managed to cobble together a set of LBs that included Carson, Van Pelt, Kelly, and Kyle Rote, Jr. That was a pretty good LB core on a bad team. Seeing the LBs we put out now hurts to watch. Then seeing SF, Dallas, and other teams with LBs flying around? It stings me as a Giants fan in a way seeing a great offense doesn't. Like seeing your ex with her new man. "We had good LBs that flew around, hit people, and made plays...those were good times."
Perhaps more than most other NFL teams' fans, Giants fans take pride in D. A team's history gives the fans the stories they pass down. It was for NYG that the first chant of "De-Fense" went out, when other teams put all their best players on O. While some players on O are legends here, I think NYG fans appreciate a strong D and most of our legends are there.
So, while it was a truism that "offense brings fans, D brings championships," for THIS franchise I think D can bring fans, too. Of course we want an functioning offense. But seeing a team with our defensive tradition be such defensive patsies? Seeing our D so useless, so feckless, so daunted, and so bullied is somehow worse than just the losing. It's an insult. It's disrespectful to both the history of the team, and to the fans who appreciate good defense and were raised on it.
I fully support getting a competent OL to help DJ and SB. Hell add a number 1 WR, go nuts. But, as we look toward the future I implore the ownership and management to restore the identity of the franchise by returning to the tradition of this team. For the fans' sake - fix this defense so we can be Big Blue once again. Let opposing QBs look across the LOS and cower. Let them call timeout because they don't know where our fearsome pass rusher is. Let the words "What hurts? Everything..." ring on opposing sidelines again. Let's have players that can just go out there like a bunch of crazed dogs and have some fun. Because if not, "Hey [Mara], you better hope I never get back in there, because I'm going to BEEP your BEEPing BEEP!"