Scouts Inc: Off the Beaten Path

Originally Published: November 12, 2004
By Jason Langendorf | ESPN Games Fantasy Edge
If hardball New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin thought defensive end Michael Strahan was a thorn in his side as the alleged ringleader of training-camp insurgents last summer, he'll soon find that Strahan was a much bigger pain in the rump to opponents.

In fact, with Strahan suffering a season-ending torn pectoral muscle last week, no one could blame Coughlin for periodically sobbing into his clipboard while the strains of Babs Streisand's The Way We Were replay through the ol' eight-track in his mind.

But it also wouldn't be the first time an NFL team overcame an injury to a superstar--or even a series of injuries to key players. (The bad news on Strahan came accompanied by a double-whammy: DE Keith Washington, the starter opposite Strahan, will miss the rest of the year because of an ACL tear. LB Barrett Green and safeties Shaun Williams and Omar Stoutmire also are out.)