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“Breakout Player” Profile: Jonathan Goff

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(On my computer it doesn’t show Goff pulling the guy down, but that’s what he is doing if it’s not showing up on your screen)

Up next in my series of potential impact players for the New York Giants in 2010 is Middle linebacker Jonathan Goff.

If you ask many Giants fans they think that middle linebacker is the Giants biggest need and that the Giants are destined to be a below average defense until they significantly upgrade their linebacking corps.

Well, I’m not really in that Majority.

I have said this numerous times and will continue to say it, but in a 4-3 defense the Linebacking corps is the Least important unit of the three units.

The Defensive linemen are the most important unit.

Cornerbacks and safeties second.

linebackers third.

The 4-3 is predicated on the Defensive line causing disruption in the backfield. The line is suppose to stop the runs more often and disrupt the passer more often.

Now, in the tampa 2 system the linebackers need to be good in pass coverage and a Very good Pass coverage middle linebacker can make a huge difference in the tampa 2.

I am not yet convinced that Fewell will be running a ton of tampa 2, because I don’t think that’s the personnel the Giants have. Cover 2 requires penetrating Defensive tackles and quick agile linebackers who can cover areas of the field. Chris Canty, Clint Sintim, Corey Webster, Giants MLB. are not Cover 2 kind of players in my opinion.

What the Giants might need more than a gifted, dominant middle linebacker is a Vocal Leader who can make sure the defense doens’t lack the spark that it clearly did last year.

I think the talent on the Giants Defense is impressive, but their heart last year was embarassing.

The Giants paid a ton of money to Antrell Rolle a pretty good safety, but they paid him a ton of money because he’s been characterized as a good leader.

The Giants hope Rolle will be the leader of the secondary, that Tuck can lead the Defensive linemen and that someone on the team can be the leader of the linebacking corps and defense overall that the team needs.

Let’s take a look at Goff’s past before we get to this future.

We have not seen much from Goff so far, so what made the Giants draft him in the first place?

Here’s a scouting report from Goff before he was drafted.

Positives: Looks the part. … Thick upper body with room in his lower for additional muscle mass. … Instinctive. … Quick to attack the line of scrimmage, but shows good awareness and takes good angles to get depth. … At his best as an inside run stuffer. … Physical taking on blocks and has good hand usage to disengage. … Reliable open-field tackler. … Two-time team captain. Negatives: A bit stiff in his transition, giving him only marginal speed to the flanks despite good straight-line speed and instincts. … Physical player, but doesn’t explode into his tackles. … Marginal flexibility and burst as a pass rusher on the blitz.

Productive, physical and instinctive, Goff leaves Vanderbilt as one of the SEC’s best linebackers. A two-time team captain and Second Team All-SEC pick, Goff is a physical inside linebacker who is at his best when attacking the line of scrimmage against interior runs. Despite his good straight-line speed, Goff may lack the burst to the flanks to be successful as a traditional middle man in the 4-3 alignment, but makes a lot of sense as 3-4 linebacker due to his physicality and ability to take on and shed blocks.

And this video here:

from the warroom
Overall: Jonathan Goff has been an All SEC performer and leader of the Vanderbilt defense. However, despite his physical build and good triangle numbers, he probably projects best to the inside in a 3-4 scheme, where his lack of lateral mobility will not be a factor. He has the ability to work through trash and shed blockers, which will help him inside. He could play middle linebacker in a standard 4-3 scheme in some systems, but will struggle in passing downs.


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5 Responses to ““Breakout Player” Profile: Jonathan Goff”

  1. Jeremy says:

    My guess is as good as the next guy. What I do know is we can’t get much worse then last year.

  2. Kwayry says:

    Great write up.
    What bothers me about Goff is what you highlighted. His coverage and blitzing skills, he is a 2 down lb. I am rooting for him to win the job, but I am skeptical.
    I highly doubt Wilk can get the job done, Maybe Dillard or Micah can get it done but the presence of a veteran would make me feel a little better.
    Why not trade for Derrick Johnson of Kansas city? He has good coverage skills, good speed (4:52 40), good built (6’3 242)for a Mike. The drop in his production has lowered his trade value. The chiefs are running a 3-4 and he does not fit the scheme. I wonder if he can be a good fit here.

  3. Shai says:

    Derrick Johnson is a beast. If you don’t believe me, watch this:

    Is he actually available? Chiefs need receivers (Manningham?) I know, not happening.

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