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NFL teams try to copy Giants’ blueprint at the draft

Discussion in 'NFL Draft Forum' started by ATVZ400, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. ATVZ400

    ATVZ400 Senior Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    parts unknown, NJ
    If you don’t believe a great pass rush can stymie a potent offense, you didn’t see the Giants torment Tom Brady in Super Bowl 42. They sacked the Patriots’ quarterback five times, flattened him or pressured him on at least a dozen other plays and held a New England team that scored a record 589 points during the regular season to 14 points.

    The Giants raised the flag for pass rushers everywhere. NFL teams are notorious copycats—if one ever wins a Super Bowl using the single wing, the others will ponder switching to that offense—so players who can consistently pressure the quarterback have become more coveted in the wake of the Giants’ championship. Such players are hard to find, and teams that have them don’t give them up easily.

    Of the 11 players given franchise tags by their teams before free agency began on February 29, four are adept at sacking the quarterback: Chiefs end Jared Allen, Titans tackle Albert Haynesworth, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and Packers tackle Corey Williams, who subsequently was traded to the Browns. Several other sack specialists received big money to sign with new teams.

    The next step will be finding those types of players in the draft.
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