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Giants finally demote Brown, insert Rouse

11/7/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

To blame the Giants' three-game losing skid on safety C.C. Brown's work would be completely unfair, but he's certainly played a significant role in the defense's breakdowns. I thought coach Tom Coughlin should've pulled Brown from the Saints game three weeks ago when he was getting lit up by Drew Brees.

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But Coughlin indicated that Brown was in the right place, he just wasn't making the proper plays on the ball. Against the Eagles last Sunday, Brown missed an audible call and allowed DeSean Jackson to get loose for a 54-yard touchdown catch. Now, Coughlin has finally replaced him with former Packers third-round pick Aaron Rouse.

It's not like Rouse is that much better in coverage, but the Giants needed to make a change. Rouse has been involved in some big games as a starter for the Packers, so I think he'll be up to the task.

It would also be a huge help to the Giants if defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Michael Boley can return to the lineup. Coughlin has billed this as the game of the season for the Giants. I think he wants to see more of a sense of urgency from his team. Perhaps Rouse will help deliver that against the Chargers on Sunday.