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John Mara: Improving line play a focus for Giants

Giants' co-owner John Mara said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he wants more "toughness up front" from the Giants in 2013.

John Mara
John Mara
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New York Giants' CEO and co-owner John Mara said Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Giants "need to get a little better on both sides of the ball on the line of scrimmage."

Mara was a guest of Alex Marvez and Jim Miller Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"Our offensive line we need to improve a little. Our defensive line we feel like we have improved bringing in Cullen Jenkins, who all of our people just loved," Mara said.

"We need to re-establish that toughness on the front," Mara said. "Teams ran the ball too easily against us in my opinion last year. That's an area of concern. Our offensive line, that performance needs to get a little better, too."

'We need to re-establish that toughness on the front.' - John Mara, Giants' co-owner

The Giants have been active in free agency, bringing in Jenkins and middle linebacker Dan Connor to shore up the run defense, adding safety Ryan Mundy, cornerback Aaron Ross and wide receiver Louis Murphy for depth, and replacing placekicker Lawrence Tynes with veteran Josh Brown.

"I think we’re headed in the right direction," Mara said. "The key to long-term success in this league is what happens at the end of every April. You have to draft well."

Mara is a member of the competition committee that has recommended a new rule penalizing running backs for lowering their helmet into defensive players, a potential change that has drawn the ire of running backs.

"We think that it's potentially a very dangerous play when a runner or a defender lowers the crown of his helmet and attempts to use it as a weapon," Mara said. "It's just a dangerous play that we don't need in the game.

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