The Giants were next-to-last in the league in total defense last year, and it took the Saints breaking the league record for charity to surpass them.
And then, instead of adding a lot of parts, the Giants lost some, moved others, and walk into the year uncertain if their best pass-rusher will be well.
So obviously, they’re feeling good right now.
“There’s no time to cry over spilled milk,” defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I’ve just tried to make sure that I get myself together and make sure that we get a good plan for our defensive football team, and just evaluate us each and every day to the best of my ability in order for us to improve.”
With the free agency loss of Osi Umenyiora and without knowing whether defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will be back from back surgery by the opener, they’re moving Mathias Kiwanuka back to the line.
That leaves a brand new set of linebackers full of question marks, and a secondary that lost safety Kenny Phillips.
Fewell said he didn’t want to evaluate the defensive until they were in pads at training camp, but he was hopeful.
“I really like this unit,” Fewell said. “I think any time you lose talented players it’s always a blow to your team. But collectively we feel like we can be a good football team if we do this together. . . .
“I always have something to prove. I think we, as a football team, have something to prove. That’s why we love this game. Football is a challenge.”
Few have been more challenged this offseason than Fewell.