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What are the possible Giant solutions?

By this time the Giant’s problems have been discussed ad nauseam.   We all know the issues so let’s take a look at some possible solutions that could help jump start this team:

On Offense:

Shorten the Routes – This issue with Kevin Gilbride’s offense is that majority of the passing routes are usually slow developing routes down the field.  They like to take their shots for big plays.  Thats all fine, well and good if your QB has time.  But when the QB has less than 2 seconds to throw the ball these routes are meaningless.  It also allows the secondary to not respect anything deep so they can look at the QB and jump routes as the game goes on.   We saw this time after time vs Carolina.   Until this line can prove it can hold their blocks for ample time the routes need to be shortened.    Name a shorter route (hooks, curls,  slants) these plays need to be implemented to work on keeping the pass rush at bay and keeping Eli upright.    These will lead to taking your shots when they are there.    There will be times to do double moves or pump fakes if those shorter routes are successful.  They have to adjust and take their shots when the opportunity presents itself and not just going for the big play all the time.

Isolate your playmakers to win one on one matchups- They did this a bunch against Dallas and it was successful.   They overloaded one side and threw to the one on one coverage.   Your receivers are your strength and you have various types of weapons.     They need to start dictating what the defense is going to do by their alignment.   I would take one on one matchups with Nicks, Cruz, or Randle all day.  Put it on the players to win those matchups.

Move the pocket-Eli was the epitome of a sitting duck last week and has been under pressure many times in the first three games.  Manning doesn’t get credit for throwing on the run, he is very accurate outside the pocket.   If anything, just to change things up instead of 5 or 7 step drop every time.

Pick up the Tempo – I’m not really sure what the hesitation is with not using the No Huddle or the hurry up.   They need to change things up pace wise.  Do you know when that horrible shotgun draw is most successful?  You guessed it, in the No Huddle.  It works because the D Line cant maintain their gap control when tired and lanes open up.    It keeps substitutions at a minimum and lets Eli do what he does best, reading the D, calling the play and finding the open guy.

All of this is contingent of the O line being able to block at least somewhat.  They don’t have to be All Pros but they need to hold up somewhat.   This morning they also signed The Terminator John Connor so maybe he will be able to help in the running game.   Unfortunately, I don’t have much hope for a straight up running game the entire year.   I think their running game will basically have to be a short passing game or be able to run from the No Huddle or hurry up offensive sets.

On Defense:

Bring more pressure – I have wrote on this site that I have thought that Fewell’s game plans were sound and he wasn’t trying to be beat by the big play.  In the first few weeks I thought he was successful with that and basically the offense put the D in tough spots.   I thought the defense regressed big time last week and allowed big plays while creating absolutely no pressure.   It’s time for that to change.   If Cam Newton can sit back there and pick you apart you have issues.  You have to start creating pressure as it appears the opposing QB knows where its going to be coming from because there is nothing exotic or different about blitz packages.

Change up Personnel Packages – The defense I think has a touch more flexibility on the bench than the offense does.  If you are not going to bring more pressure from other places than you need something different from the front 4.   Some variation of the Nascar package possibly.  Put Tuck at DT more and maybe bring in Moore in obvious passing situation to see if the kid can get to the QB.  Or try Jenkins on the outside.  Let’s see Hankins in for Rodgers or Patterson to see what he can do.   Anything just to try to create more pressure.  After this week Will Hill comes off suspension so maybe bring back the 3 safety look.  Let’s face it the LB’s are not very good players.  They have had no impact on any game.  Paysinger is at least around the ball but that’s the best you can say about him.  Rivers gets blown up all the time.    Herzlich, although is a very good story and I root for him, is pretty awful.

I don’t think that the coaches/coordinators have to blow everything up and start from scratch but clearly adjustments need to be made.   These are the types of things that they need to figure out and implement to try to right the ship for the rest of the season.  If they can’t its going to be a long one.

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3 Responses to “What are the possible Giant solutions?”

  1. TomMc11 says:

    can you be the Giants head coach?

  2. DP says:

    Good assessment of a path forward Verl. I believe JPP and Moore at DE and getting Hosley some playing time in some packages will improve the speed and athleticism on Defense. I too like moving Tuck to the inside in obvious passing situations. The lack of LB impact is severe, every successful Giants team that I can remember (going back to the 60’s)has always experienced solid if not very good LB play; so I am not sure this current crop of LB’s and their limitations can be overcome. The O Line is getting up there in age in the G and C spots, the depth is highly suspect, but its all the Giants have at this point.

    Sure would love to be in attendance at their practices this week, hopefully the organization can restore the players pride and heart this week. If so, they can take KC on the road. KC is a good sound team that won’t beat themselves, but I believe they lack a bit of an explosive quality that might enable the Giants to get off to a bit of a slow start, but remain in the game and in striking distance.

    Giants win this weekend…27-26 on a game winning field goal as time expires. That would restore some faith for at least a week!!

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