Although much of the offseason focus has been spent on the New York Giants' new-look offense, there's no denying the defense has had quite an overhaul as well. Gone are players like Justin Tuck, Corey Webster and Linval Joseph, while new faces like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Walter Thurmond III, Jameel McClain and Robert Ayers have been added. And when speaking to the media on Thursday, Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell expressed optimism and excitement over his "new tools" and what that means for his defensive scheme.
"I definitely think those tools allow us to do a lot more different things that we have done in the past. We will definitely find out in the fall camp that. I was very excited about what we were able to install, some of the things we were able to do, the information they retained and executed at a high level," Fewell said. "[I'm] very much excited. There’s some new energy, different blood. Some different speeds and so far they have gelled very well together."
But what these "new tools" mean to the defensive philosophy is not something Fewell is letting out of the bag just yet. With a big grin, the Super Bowl champion defensive coordinator said that some principals will remain the same while others, largely as a result of the new additions, will change.
"We came back with a lot of philosophies, some base philosophies," Fewell said. "We'll let you see the schemes this fall. … I like those new tools we’ve got."
One thing that was revealed this week is that Big Blue will return to using the three-safety look in 2014 and that Quintin Demps will, in fact, be that No. 3 man now that Will Hill has been released. However, the three-cornerback look is what the fans should expect to see most often, as Big Blue plans to keep three on the field around 80% of the time.
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