Connor Barwin Tells WFAN He Believes In Pat Shurmur

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
August 07, 2018 - 5:53 pm
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By WFAN.com

Outside linebacker Connor Barwin says he feels quite comfortable in the Giants' 3-4 defense. 

The Giants signed the former Eagles and Texans edge rusher just before training camp began last month.

Barwin told WFAN's Chris Carlin and Maggie Gray that one reason he signed with Big Blue was new defensive coordinator's James Bettcher system.

"From my vantage point, I've always enjoyed the 3-4 because you can stand up on first down," said Barwin, who has 54 1/2 career sacks. "You can see a lot more of the formation. And you can get all that information, which helps you play a little bit faster. 

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"I've played in the 4-3 at times. Your hand's in the dirt every single down. You don't get to see all the backfield sets, all the motion, all the pre-snap info."

Barwin said his familiarity with new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur from their days with the Eagles also made the Giants a good fit for him.

"I knew he was a great communicator and honest and a good person that you wanted to play for," Barwin said. "And I think as a player, that's important. You want to believe in your coach. You want to respect your coach. And being with him previous to this, I knew that guys ... loved playing for him."

Barwin is also teaming up with inside linebacker Alec Ogletree again. They played together on the Los Angeles Rams last season. 

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Ogletree is the whole package, Barwin said.

"You're getting a great linebacker and a great leader," Barwin said. "He's going to be out there every single play, he can do everything on defense, he's a sure tackler, he can make big hits, he can drop in coverage, and he can kind of quarterback the defense, which is really important in this 3-4 scheme."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.