Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Chris SneeVotes received: Dansby (3rd place), Santucci (3rd), Orlando (5th), Wagner (5th), Chachkes (7th), Fennelly (7th)
Wagner: For Manning to stay as great as he has been, he needs protection. Although the entire offensive line is vital, and David Diehl has been part of that for a long time, Chris Snee is the one veteran leader who anchors it all.
Fennelly: Without him the line loses its most consistent player.
Chachkes: He's pretty much had a great career and should remain here playing for his father-in-law until he retires. One of the most technically skilled O-linemen I have ever seen in Blue.
Santucci: The Giants O-Line does not demand respect or challenge defenders. Snee is the only pro-bowler.
Orlando: Snee is the unofficial captain of the offensive line...While the rest of the offensive line is currently in flux, Snee is has consistently played well throughout his career. If the Giants are going to resuscitate the running game and continue to protect Eli, the other members of the line will need to push themselves to match Snee's ability.
A solid guard might not be enough to keep a struggling line afloat, but with the uncertainty at the tackles, New York is certainly glad that the interior is fortified.
Resch: Snee is the most talented O-lineman on the team, but is he the most important? Yes, and it's not even close. It is easier to find a great guard than a great tackle or center, but Snee is still the glue that holds the line together. I had him just missing my list at number eleven, but would have had him much higher if this list were done one year ago.
My reasoning for keeping him off of my personal list was that the offensive line was putrid for most of the year, and the team was still able to overcome that handicap. Eli Manning has (miraculously) turned into one of the best quarterbacks at moving around inside the pocket to keep a play alive, and he is the NFL's current iron man. Pass protection is still extremely important, but Manning has proven that he can function at the highest level with mediocre protection.
Where the line really let the team down was in the run blocking department. The increase in speed at the running back position should help, but the big uglies have to do a much, much better job at creating holes. That all starts with Snee, and I expect a bounce-back year.