Despite an organizational brand premised on steadiness and continuity, Giants fans have become accustomed in the last several years to sudden change.
It's still anyone's guess what the Giants' linebacking corps will look like this season.
Chase Blackburn is penciled in as the starting middle linebacker at the moment, but defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said Keith Rivers, Greg Jones and Mark Herzlich will compete for the position. Earlier in the offseason, general manager Jerry Reese mentioned Michael Boley, which basically means that every linebacker other than Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams is a candidate for the job.
When word first spread that Bill Parcells was considering returning to the N.F.L. to coach the Saints, I kept going back to a passage from Michael Lewis’s insightful 2006 profile, from when Parcells coached the Cowboys.
“As you get older,” Parcells tells Lewis toward the end of the article, “your needs diminish. They don’t increase. They diminish. I need less money. I need less sex. But this - this - doesn’t change.”
Each time the Giants or Jets play a football game, Capital will write about a home-team member who took part in it. This post is about Michael Boley, who played linebacker in the Giants’ 27-24 win over the Buffalo Bills.
“It’s just details,” Giants linebacker Michael Boley told me over the phone last Thursday, referring the two straight shaky games the Giants defense had played, the second of which led to last Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks.