After a season marred with horrible play from the safety position, the new crew in New York made a statement. Gone are the days of slow, undersized, players with heart. The days of strong, athletic, players with balls has arrived. It was far from a flawless game, but Bell and Landry made their mark.
Bell and Landry suited up for their first regular season game together last Sunday. Bell defended 2 passes, and Landry proved to be an enforcer. While Eric Smith was famous for laying big hits in the past, those all but went away when he was no longer allowed to lead with his head. Landry is grown man strong, and plays that way. It was a deafening hit that took Fred Jackson out of the game. No one ever enjoys seeing a player get hurt, but it was the exact type of play fans wanted to see from Landry. He delivered an absolutely punishing hit to the ball carrier, which I'm sure would have made Jackson think twice about where Landry was on the field on his next carry, had he not been sidelined with an injury. Later Landry forced a fumble on a tackle from behind. While I am no expert, it seemed that his outstanding upper body strength was a large factor to this, as he seemed to simply squeeze the ball out as he wrapped the ball carrier. Bell then recovered the fumble, only to lateral it back to Landry. While it was an ill advised toss, it did make me feel like they truely worked well together and enjoyed being partnered. Speaking of Bell, he defended 2 passes and overall, played a solid game. While they aren't a top safety tandem in the league, they are not a vulnerability waiting to be exploited. If they are both able to remain healthy for the duration of the season, we should easily have the strongest secondary in the league.