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Bobby Okereke Predicts ‘Methodical’ Giants Defense Will Dominate

Bobby Okereke says the New York Giants will dominate under the ‘cerebral’ style of new defensive coordinator Shane Bowen. 

The linebacker also sees himself as a budding leader in the locker room along with Andrew Thomas and Graham Gano.

According to Bobby Okereke, Bowen’s style contrasts starkly with former DC Don Martindale. How well the Giants transition from an explosive gameplan to a deliberate one will determine their success this season.


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“It’s almost about as 180 a flip as it can be,” Bobby Okereke said.

“Going from Wink — I loved that system, attacking, blitzing all the time — to Shane, very methodical, probably one of the most cerebral defensive coordinators I’ve ever been around. Just the way he sees the game, the way he’s gonna call it, the way he coaches it, the attention to detail. Yeah, I think we’re gonna dominate this year, and it’s gonna be led by him.”

On the question of leadership, he says the Giants must lead from the front.

“It might be me. I feel like I’m stepping into that role a little bit,” said Okereke. 

“We’ve got great leaders on this team. Andrew Thomas, he’s a mountain of a man. He leads by example. Dexter Lawrence, I mean his play speaks for itself. And Graham Gano, one of the wisest guys, been here for a long time, had a lot of success in this league. That’s our leadership core. We have guys that are growing. We’re a young team, but we’ve got to lead from the front.”


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As well as that, Okereke is excited about the arrival of Brian Burns from Carolina. Burns has racked up 46 sacks in three seasons.

“This guy’s electric,” he said. 

“This guy is a game changer. I can’t wait until he puts on the jersey for game one and gets to play. He’s a prolific player.”

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