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Playbook: Crossing Patterns

Haven’t done this in awhile, but now is as good a time as any. This next play, crossing patterns, is a play that I really like, but I don’t think the Giants use it enough. Let’s diagram it:

Pretty straight forward stuff. The idea is to bring the safeties in, so the Manningham and Boss can get over the time. By bringing Smith and Nicks across the middle, the safeties should bite, leaving single coverage over the top. Eli has a choice of Manningham or Boss. Bradshaw is running a simple flare as the safety valve.

You could put play action in this, if you really wanted. But the main point is to bring the safeties in. And maybe even the corners. Get either single coverage over top, or, if the safeties don’t bite, two options down the middle.

Manningham is running the deep route, because he’s next to Smith, who’s great over the middle. Boss gets to go deep, because it’s right up the seam, right where he excels.

The Giants rarely use plays that create confusion like this. They should. The more moving parts the better. I think that’s one of the downfalls of Kevin Gilbride. A complete lack of imagination and creativity.

Tell us what type of plays, schemes or whatever you want on Playbook, and we’ll put it on!

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5 Responses to “Playbook: Crossing Patterns”

  1. Mo says:

    Kevin Gilbride MUST GO!

    • Jared says:

      Yeah right…… He isn’t going anywhere until Coughlin goes somewhere…. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what we have for now.

  2. wolfmanjava says:

    I think every year KG adds a little wrinkle. Maybe it fools the teams outside the division — but within the NFC East it doesn’t fool anybody.
    Moreover, the passing game is really complex.

    And BTW have you ever seen us run a counter play? How about a pitch? The running game is even more unimaginative than the passing game. Also, at the end of the game, with 8 or 9 guys in the box — we simply can’t run. KG has NEVER figured this out and that’s one of the reasons why we have the losing streak against philly.

    I am sick and tired of hearing the we lost cause of execution mistakes. We have very good player and if they can’t run the offensive scheme consistently — then it’s probably the scheme!

  3. Eric says:

    How about Some 5 wide sets we never see that! Get some real speed going and open things up a bit.

  4. Jason C. says:

    I agree with you, cross and slant routes are what Sanchez and Rodgers are riding throughout the playoffs, possibly on their way to a Super Bowl. They’re easy to set up, require only a momentary lapse in coverage to be effective, and can be executed with little to no effort. Problem is, the ball will most likely deflect off the receivers hands in the Giants case, and the defensive layout will result in a pick by the safety.

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