Harrison: AFC summer subplots
Summer is upon us, but there's still plenty to ponder. Elliot Harrison provides a burning question for each AFC team. More ...
"This is as good a looking football team that I've ever seen. I'm talking about physically and stout."
The New York Giants team Spagnuolo referenced was the sack-happy 2007 squad that won Super Bowl XLII behind a defensive line that choked offenses and shattered quarterbacks with a league-leading 53 sacks. Big Blue thrived behind double-digit takedowns from Osi Umenyiora (13) and Justin Tuck (10). Michael Strahan added another nine.
In Baltimore, Terrell Suggs and new addition Elvis Dumervil anchor a pass rush that also features Arthur Jones and former Giants lineman Chris Canty. The Ravens move into the season minus a flock of former starters -- Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger, Bernard Pollard and on and on -- but general manager Ozzie Newsome has patched those holes with youth and a string of smart free-agent signings.