Similar to the safety situation of 2009, The Giants are very thin at Defensive Tackle and putting Barry Cofield out there to the point where the New Orleans Saints and the Giants agreed to send Cofield to "The Big Easy" in exchange for the Saints' second-round pick in 2010 has me scrathing my head.
The talks only fell apart because the Saints' contract offer to Cofield wasn't even close to what he wanted otherwise Mr. Cofield would have been wearing black & gold this season. Loosing Fred Robbins was disappointing because he was a fan favorite; however, understandable because of his age and his recent knee surgery, but loosing Cofield just doesn't make sense.
Without Cofield, the Giants would have started the season with Canty, Alford, and Benard as their experienced starting three. That my fellow Giants fans is sorry. Canty, who accepted a huge payday to come to the Giants in 2009 was non-existent all year and rumors of him being soft, so far ring true.
Alford is coming off knee surgery and his production and health are yet to be measured. Rocky Bernard...well, the 8 year veteran from Texas A&M looked out of shape last season and produced only sparingly in limited playing time. If you're looking for a bright side...he couldn't play any worse than he did in 2009.
Outside of that...the Giants are bringing two "rookie" defensive tackles, Collins(Virginia) and Hendricks(Miami) to camp to join second round draft pick, Linval Joseph.
The '09 season was a terrible showcase for the Giants defense. Rookie Defensive Coordinator Bill Sheridan was a disaster, MLB Antonio Pierce aged before our eyes, safety James Butler left for St, Louis, Osi Umenyiora all but disappeared and former first round draft pick, Kenny Philips had a season ending knee injury. And lets not forget the CC Brown/Arron Rouse experiment.
Yes, the trade offer fell through but I have to ask, "What is Jerry Reese thinking?". We need the big boys upfront.