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BEST DEFENSE IN THE NFC EAST?
NFL Network analysts Shaun O’Hara and Willie McGinest were asked on Tuesday which NFC East team, in their opinion, has the best defense.
Here’s what they had to say:
Shaun O’Hara, New York: “When I look at these other defenses from last year and I look at Washington, when Orakpo went down, we saw their lack of depth. Same thing with the Cowboys, they don’t have a lot of depth. So, when I look at the Giants’ defensive roster, you’ve got guys. You want to take JPP off the field, guess what — Mathias Kiwanuka is coming out because they moved him from linebacker to defensive end. If Justin Tuck is not in there, Damontre Moore, the third-round pick, he’s been unblockable in the preseason. They signed Cullen Jenkins from Philadelphia, I think that was a great pick. He actually moved out to defensive end in that preseason game. And they’ve got Shaun Rogers, Linval Joseph is coming up on a contract year and they also drafted Jonathan Hankins. I think it all starts up front with this defense. Last year they did not stop the run, they gave up 129 yards per game, that’s going to be the point of emphasis for them. I think in the secondary, they did a great job taking the football away. They created 35 takeaways and, I think in that division, the NFC East, that’s what you have to do. You have to make those big plays. Stevie Brown did a great job intercepting the football and taking it the other way for pick-sixes. I like the Giants, I think they’re the most physical defense.
Willie McGinest, Dallas: “I know Dallas wasn’t one of the best defenses, but the whole division didn’t play good defense last year. I look at the coaches, the systems, the players, put it all together and Rob Marinelli is one of those guys that’s taken defenses and taken to them to the next level. He’s teaching guys how to read schemes, protections, how to play… and i look at the players, if they’re all healthy and they’re all on the field, he’s going to put them in the position to make plays and to be very good. I think they understand that and they’re very compfortable in that system.
AROUND THE DIVISION
COWBOYS: Thursday practice recap
EAGLES: Eagles win, 14-9: Quotebook
REDSKINS: Redskins-Steelers: Four keys to the game
REPORTER QUICK HITS
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“I’ve been doing all my rehab inside but now I’m able to get out on the field here and do some different drills and stuff. We pick it up every day a little bit and I’ve just got to intensify over the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the field as soon as possible and playing some football. Like I said, I’m going to do everything in my power, I’m very diligent in everything I do to get back on the field at the earliest convenience. Whenever that is, whenever that may be, I’ll be ready and conditioned, ready to go.” -Henry Hynoski
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