Reading the title this article can be a little misleading. This isn’t a pro-blue lives matter think piece or persuasive essay to stand behind America’s problem with police brutality, but instead to speak on what the New York Football Giants fans like to call our defense “New York Pass Defense”. Throughout Giants history we’ve been known to have great defenses led by hall of fame players, e.g. Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, and Michael Strahan. With the Giants making the playoffs in the 2016–2017 season for the first time since 2011 (in which they won the Super Bowl), its time to acknowledge the fact that the Giants defense is legit; and in fact, Super Bowl ready. Leading the Super Bowl ready defense, and a potiental Defensive Player of The Year, I am crowning Landon Collins the commissioner of the NYPD.
The second year safety out of Alabama has dramatically changed the atomsphere of the NYPD in the matter of a year. In the 2015–2016 the Giants pass defense ranked as low as 32 allowing 4872 passing yards in the 16 game season. Along with help from defensive backs Janoris Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie the NYPD has lowered those numbers and shut down some of the best recievers in the NFL.
Landon Collins lead all defensive backs in tackles this season, making the change from free safety to strong safety and playing the line of scrimmage more where he’s a threat. Forced fumbles, Pick-6’s, 3rd down stops, you name it Landon has done time and time again. Past Giants defenses always had great front 7’s but an elite Pass defense a special show to watch. Landon has made a great case for DPOY (Defensive Player of The Year) leading all safeties in tackles, sacks, and INT’s and the Giants haven’t had a player win that award 2001 in Michael Strahan and 1985 in Lawrence Taylor.
One thing that is synonymous with each Giant Super Bowl is the defense. It would behoove me to speak on one of the superstars of the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr. and all that he has done this season for the Giants (cues Thriller dance), but this culture of Super Bowl teams are beyond him. Each Giant Super Bowl team was lead by a top ranked defense and while Odell is very exciting and necessary, Landon Collins must put his DPOY skills on display throughout the playoffs and the big game to become apart of a legendary culture which is Giants defensive legends. The scariest part of it all is that this is only his second year in the league and first year at strong safety. Giants fans will be spoiled to watch such greatness as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo makes him the focal point “Commissioner” of the NYPD.
As a rookie he struggled in coverages, missing tackles and dropped a lot of what would be turnovers for the defense. His second year; in the off season, he worked on his catching ability, tackling and with the change of position him splitting coverage and blitzing at the line of scrimmage which has been the most dramatic change in play. Throughout the regular season analysts have been comparing his year to the year Hall of Famer Ed Reed won the MVP. With the climate of the league it’ll be a reach to argue Landon for league MVP, but the Commissioner definitely is a front runner for DPOY.
As the playoffs start this Sunday, I am intrigued to see how the play of Landon Collins effects the Giants defense as they play the Green Bay Packers, who is lead by MVP canidate Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had an amazing season throwing over 4,000 yards, 40 touchdowns to only 7 INT’s. In the regular seaosn the Giants lost 23–16, but this is a new day and a new defense. With Jason Pierre-Paul out for the season we have to put our faith in the NYPD, led by the Commissioner Landon Collins to take us to Houston in Februray. Can’t wait to see history in the making. #GiantsNation