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Adam Schein Talks Lack Of Giants D:

This is from Adam Schein of Sirius Blitz:

Remember the glory days when the Giants used to dominate on defense?

Oh, I am not talking LT, Parcells, Carson, Banks and Belichick. I’m making reference to the glory days of Steve Spagnuolo, the good times all the way back in 2007 and 2008.

What a difference a year makes, with overmatched defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan the face of failure in New York, the glory days replaced by the gory days of a defense that looks ill-prepared and lifeless. The Giants have allowed 20 points or more in eight straight games. And they rank 28th in points allowed. These are the New York football Giants we are talking about here.

It seems like a lifetime ago that the Giants were 5-0 and fans and media alike were thinking about a sustained run in the playoffs.

It’s somewhere between sad and remarkable to think about how much this Giants defense has fallen. The Giants had everything to play for Sunday night after Dallas did its usual disappearing act in December. A win and the Giants were tied for first. A loss and the Giants remained on the outside looking in for the playoffs. And the defense didn’t even bother to show up and make a play (other than Jonathan Goff’s pick) to aid the cause. Eli Manning and the offense rolled up 512 yards of offense and never had a shot with the spotty defense.

In two games against the rival Eagles this year, the Giants gave up 85 points. That’s unheard of for a team that prides itself on toughness and having an elite defense. That’s an embarrassing nugget, but at the same time, the epitome of what has happened to New York this season.

Remember when the Giants defense could seize a moment and take a stranglehold of a ballgame? There were four specific sequences that hit home the embarrassment of the Giants on Sunday night. The Giants were down by a touchdown just minutes into the game, as Donovan McNabb drove the Eagles down the field in three minutes, hitting Brent Celek on a touchdown to cap it. When was the last time the Giants actually bottled up a tight end?

When the Giants offense rallied and took the lead at 31-30 after Domenik Hixon’s catch and run for a touchdown, Sheridan’s “defense” promptly gave it away, somehow leaving DeSean Jackson wide open to waltz into the end zone for a 60-yard touchdown to put Philly back up top.

And how about the final touchdown drive for Philly, a methodical, clock-killing march of 91 yards leading to Leonard Weaver’s score? Do you remember a time under Spagnuolo that the Giants got shoved around like this on a consistent basis? And how come no Giants player went after the ball on the “forward fumble” at the end of the first half?

Sheridan takes the heat, and he will rightly lose his job at the end of the year. I think Tom Coughlin will hire Dick Jauron, his old friend from Jacksonville. It’s very obvious, since Osi Umenyiora walked out of a meeting before the season started, that the players and Sheridan aren’t on the same page.

But the players need to take some blame, too. Giants general manager Jerry Reese paid Chris Canty on potential, and he hasn’t lived up. Reese also signed Rocky Bernard. Paging Rocky Bernard. Paging Mr. Rocky Bernard. Has he done anything? Free-agent linebacker Michael Boley got hurt for the first half of the year, and though he has made some tackles in recent weeks, Boley has contributed to the failures of covering the tight end. Osi got benched after horrible play. Justin Tuck is all banged up and not even close to the guy I voted for last year for first team All-Pro. Philly’s offensive line manhandled the Giants on Sunday. Some people thought the Giants would have the best defensive line in pro football this year. Think about that. And the Kenny Phillips injury, as we predicted, took a young playmaking thumper out of the lineup at safety.

Yet somehow with Dallas living up to its choking reputation, the Giants still have a chance to make the playoffs.

But who feels good about anything right now? This isn’t Giants football. They can’t run consistently with Brandon Jacobs, who has disappointed after getting his contract. The offensive line hasn’t lived up. And Sheridan has been a total bust, leading to a collapse of epic proportions.

Whatever happened to Spagnuolo anyway?


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2 Responses to “Adam Schein Talks Lack Of Giants D:”

  1. andrew ilnicki says:

    this has some very loaded language and i remember reading it the other day….

    he’s right about canty and bernard — no push.

    but in 2008 the Giants got hit over the middle of the field constantly. And thats how the Eagles won that playoff game, no defense even under Spagnolo.

    As far as calling out Jacobs for not running hard due to a contract renewal, you’re not watching hard… Adam. This team’s offensive scheme has completely changed from a year ago. They dont get 20+ runs anymore to him… I dont care what they tell the press. That is NOT the game plan in 2009. With good reason.

    Sheridan has his problems, the players arent executing the zone for whatever reason, execution has been off… and the defensive injuries have been a major issue.

    But this team can bounce back, become a legit threat to better ranked teams. They can and I think WILL make the playoffs.

  2. Mark Sullivan says:

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize defensive lineman can’t cover backs and tight ends in pass coverage. Why the hell we have our best past rushers dropping back into pass coverage I will never understand. I would rather go to man to man coverage and get beat physically if our players don’t have the intelligence to play the zone properly. At least with man to man we will know who is getting beat. The amoeba defense crap removes accountability. Play man to man and have the best rushers rush.

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