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Film Review: Defense

Time to review the tape, with the help from Greg Cosell. We’ll go in depth on the D.

-“Davis 73 yd TD came out of “22” personnel versus Giants 4-3 “big nickel”, Webster was the only corner on the field; Davis from minus split ran a wheel route right by Rolle, who does not run very well – Excellent throw by Smith.”

And this is where I get concerned. “22” personnel is two backs and two tight ends. The 4-3 “big nickel” is the 3 safety look. The Pats will exploit Rolle all day long with Gronk and Hernandez. The big nickel has to go. They need a middle linebacker. But they don’t have one who can play 3 downs, so Rolle is going to be exploited. How do you stop Gronkowski and Hernandez? Not like this. It will be with pressure on Brady, that’s the only way.

-“Giants again played snaps with “nascar” front 4: Pierre-Paul, Tuck, Umenyiora, and Kiwanuka. Kiwanuka 3rd down sack in the 4th quarter came out of “nascar” front, Great stunt with Kiwanuka at DT working behind DE Pierre-Paul.”

This is the luxury of having defensive lineman. I love this front, because guards can’t handle Kiwi and Tuck in the middle. And you can get creative, with something like a stunt.

-“Giants effective with “2 man” coverage out of nickel with LB Boley and Williams, Rolle on Davis and Williams on Walker.”

2 man coverage is basically two deep safeties, and the backers have one on one responsibility with wideouts. Might see this a lot against the Pats.

-“Great play by Blackburn on Davis intermediate crosser off play action, Excellent play recognition: Blackburn was held initially by run action but immediately knew there would be a crosser behind him – Another shot play by 49ers, Complementary route to Davis crosser was Williams deep post.”

Blackburn has been terrific. Will he trail Gronkowski or Hernandez. Might have to rely on Blackburn’s smarts.

-“First 3rd down (3rd + 4) Smith had Crabtree on sail route versus “cover 2” but did not pull the trigger, Threw incomplete check down to Gore – Kind of throw you have to make in championship game.”

Tom Brady makes that throw. Pats offense is an advance course for the Giants to play against. They will have to step up.

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6 Responses to “Film Review: Defense”

  1. romu says:

    Those TE from NE are the key.

    Are we trusting Williams ? Can Blackburn compensate his physical shortcomings with his game intelligence ?
    Boley has been better of late (getting healthy). Is he a 100% ? Are 2 weeks gonna help him get there if not ?

    Their TEs are just as a nightmare to our D than our WRs to theirs.

  2. CMH says:

    I really think Rolle is the key to this game. If he’s able to contain the TEs then we can attack.

    Would love to be a fly on the wall in Fewell’s meetings.

  3. Jason says:

    Vontaze Burfict the answer for middle linebacker next year hope hes there when we pick 32nd

    • romu says:

      I don’t think we’ll go either LB or OT in the 1st, it’s not what Reese does.
      I’m thinking WR or CB actually.

      I know he is a BPA guy but weirdly enough the BPA always seems to be a DL, a CB or a WR ^^

  4. Júlio César says:

    For a CB converted to Safety, Rolle looked pretty slow on that first Davis’ TD… even after the catch, he looked like a DT chasing DeSean Jackson

    Yeah, Davis is a TE that’s faster than many WRs around there, but you just can’t be beaten that badly… this dude chasing Gronk will be a huge concern

    • romu says:

      Well I think that’s why he was moved to safety to start with.

      We can’t just put Rolle on Gronkowski and hope he makes plays. I’m no DC so I won’t pretend to know how to cover that TE but I guess we must disguise what we do and play between him and Brady.

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