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Thinking About the Defense

We think, therefore we are. I feel like that’s a famous quote, but what do I know. Anyway, let’s think about defense:

-I love Greg Cosell of NFL Films, as he breaks down film better than anyone. We’ll quote him a lot. Read here (quotes taken from that article).  Anyway, the Falcons use Tight End Tony Gonzalez a lot. Giants have struggled against tight ends. Mr. Cosell had to this to say about the Giants defense of tight ends against the Cowboys

Part of Giants game plan was to jam TE off the line of scrimmage, whether it was Witten or Phillips – Pierre-Paul did it on his side

Okay, so what does this mean? The Giants don’t want Gonzalez, or any other tight end, to get a clean release off the line. So, they’ll sacrifice some pass rush to slow down the tight end. It’s an interesting strategy. Obviously, JPP is best rushing the passer, and the jam of Gonzalez is going to slow JPP down. But, with no real way to cover a real threat like Gonzalez, it’s a necessary evil.

-The Giant should not use quarters coverage. On a Laurent Robinson TD:

Robinson 74 yds on first 4th quarter TD drive came against “quarters” coverage, Robinson beat Amukamara

So quarters, or Cover 4, is basically this: 4 defenders each getting a quarter of the field. Two corners, two safeties deep. Prevent defense. It always kills the Giants, and yet they keep going to it. Boggles me. Leaves so much room underneath for speedy guys like Robinson, or Julio Jones to take a 15 yard play and turn it into 75 yards

-Interesting how the Giants use Amukamara

Giants matched Webster on Bryant, Ross moved inside over the slot in the nickel sub-package and Amukamara played outside

So, in other words, on third downs or obvious passing situations, it will be Amukamara on Julio Jones. Webster will handle Roddy White, and Ross will cover Harry Douglas. Jones has had a really great year, catching 8 TDs and gaining almost 1,000 yards. Impressive. Laurent Robinson beat Amukamara in that quarters coverage, and Jones is better than Robinson. Something to keep an eye on.

-Another thing: Michael Turner is still really good. Ran for over 1,300 yards. Watch for some 3rd down draws. The Giants will slide in JPP and Kiwi in passing situations, with Tuck and Osi on the ends. It’s designed to maximize the pass rush, understandably. Against a blitz, or any heavy pressure, a draw is really effective. With Boley dropping into coverage, Turner might have some holes to work with.

-With our defense, it’s obviously pressure based and that’s what’s going to rattle Matt Ryan and disrupt their game plan. Without pressure, going to be a long day.

-Awesome breakdown of the Falcons offense here. Some conclusions: The Falcons run really well out of their single back set, but that’s when Ryan is most susceptible to pressure. They also love the no huddle. Things to keep an eye on .


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4 Responses to “Thinking About the Defense”

  1. Jason C. says:

    The teams Jones has success against struggled to rush the passer this year. So either Ryan needs time to find Jones, or Jones needs time to get open on longer developing plays. Either way the Giants gameplan has to be to get to Ryan faster than he’s used to, which could neutralize Jones. Honestly the only real problem here is the Falcons are the only NFC playoff team outside of the 49ers where you have to worry about their running attack. If they get the ball moving and start running play action it could get ugly.

  2. Big Daddy says:

    Penetrate without giving up gap integrity is the best way to beat this team. Make Ryan have to move and not sit in a pocket, collapse the pocket. By making him move you cut the field in half, all his passing highlites are him sitting in a nice pocket.

    Pressure, pressure, pressure, attack, attack, attack.

    If you sit back he will KILL you, he has the run game and the receivers to do it. So you must make him move and not get comfortable.

    Cut the field in half means if he has to move it doesn’t give him a chance to look to his left. Basically your making the field less than 25 yards wide instead of 50. That makes coverage easier. I don’t think and the key word here is think he can throw on the run that well especially across his body, he’s not Drew Brees.

    You must stop the run game, it’s a power running game. Block up the middle and penetrate so that Turner cannot square his shoulder and get a head of steam. Seal the holes and maintain the gaps. This is not a big offensive line. I think they use the zone blocking scheme that can be effectively countered with good gap integrity and our BIGGER defensive lineman.

    This game is on Canty and Joesph, their performance will have a lot to do with the outcome, as well as the linebackers. But it is Canty and Joesph who will determine how successful the whole Atlanta offense is.

  3. Dan says:

    Cogito ergo sum- “I think therefore I am”. Descartes said it in his “First Meditations on Philosophy”. It means that the fact that you think and can manipulate thought is proof that you exist.

    • Big Daddy says:

      Big Daddy says- “EGO perussi ultum proinde EGO sum mangus” in his famous book about how to be an American football player. It means- “I consume much therefore I am big”.

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