A Pro's Pro: The NY Giant's Need Charles Woodson

The New York Giants corner backs are as follows:  Corey Webster, Aaron Ross, Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Trumaine McBride, Charles James, Jayron Hosley and Terrance Frederick.

That my friends is the “Land of Misfit Toys”.

The New York Giants defensive backs are going to be a sore spot during the 2013 season unless something can be done.

Does anyone think Webster, Ross, Hosley or Amukamara can shut down Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jeremy Maclin,  DeSean Jackson or Pierre Garcon?  The other guys might not even make the team.  This group may make you miss Michael Coe & Bruce Johnson.

That leaves Big Blue with one player(Webster) coming off his worst season as a pro, a returning cast-off(Ross) who can’t cover, the Giants slow developing 1st round draft pick(Amukamara) and our speedy nickel back(Hosley) who is only 178 pounds.

Charles Woodson is a “Pro’s Pro” and the New York Giants need him.

Over the years the New York Giants have brought in key players to fill a void.  Those players made history.

In 1990, The Giants brought in an older Everson Walls from the Dallas Cowboys.  Walls started at safety for the first time in his career and became a standout player on a defensive stacked with “All Pro’s” including Lawrence TaylorLeonard Marshall, and Carl Banks.   He eventually called most of the defensive signals.

In 2000 the Giants brought in linebacker Michael Barrow who instantly solidified the Giants defense.  He anchored the inside and won the NFC Championship.  In 2003 he led the NFC with 150 tackles.

In 2007, Big Blue once again looked for veteran defensive leadership and signed 4x Pro Bowl corner back,  Sam Madison and inside backer Kawika Mitchell.   Madison like Walls, and like Barrow, he was a bit long in the tooth when he got to New York.   The ex Miami corner back had eight years under his belt playing for the Dolphins; however, his age meant nothing to Big Blue.

Madison and Mitchell helped the Giants win their 3rd Super Bowl(Against the Patriots) and their first since 1991.

Charles Woodson brings leadership and a high football IQ.   The defensive is now without Osi Umenyiora, Chase Blackburn and Michael Boley.  Antrel Rolle and Justin Tuck could use another set of pads to lean on.   Even at 36 years old,  the future ” Hall of Famer” still covers better than Aaron Ross and Corey Webster combined.   Yes, in Green Bay he was moved to safety in 2012, but I leave you with this.

Woodson started 2012 in a different role for the Packers, hoping to fill the void left by free safety Nick Collins, who had been out of football for almost a year with a neck injury.  Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers’ plan appeared to be to line Woodson up at the safety position, while also situation-ally deploying him as the nickel-back.

This saw Woodson in a Polamalu-like position, lining up on either side ready to rush or drop back in coverage.

Could you live with that?  I bet Rolle, Prince and Stevie Brown would love it.   So would I.

Craig J. Santucci | Senior Editor Giants Rush.com

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