EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Putting pressure on the quarterback has been the trademark of the New York Giants' defense for decades.
Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and Jason-Pierre-Paul were just a few of the guys who had opposing quarterbacks looking to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible.
The pressure forced mistakes and it was a key to the team's four Super Bowl titles, particularly the last two under coach Tom Coughlin.
That rush is gone, and it might be one of the biggest reasons the Giants (0-6) are off to their worst start since 1976.
New York has a league-low five sacks heading into Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-4), and it has Coughlin and his line searching for answers.