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It is the Defense, Stupid!

Written by: Peter Furman

The Giants are in the playoffs!

Last Thursday, the Giants lost to the Eagles. I want to elaborate more about the Giants defense.

It’s Spags again and this is why! We mentioned that the short passing game
has replaced a solid run game for the past few years. The fact is no less
game changing than the Tampa Two defense was for a few years and other schemes on
offense and defense which have changed the way the game is played. There are
few great coaches and fewer great coordinators who have the genius to change
the game, the way it is played and even fewer who can move up to head coach
and succeed .Spags was a bust his first try as a head coach but as a
defensive coordinator with the Giants twice he has demonstrated that he is
at worst a very good D.C.  and at best one of the greats.

It was apparent that the Giants went for defense in free agency and mostly
in the draft. Even the best coordinator must have the horses to dominate.
The Giants got Spags some horses and he did the rest. The Giants went from
one of the 4 worst defenses in the N.F,L. to a Super Bowl contender based
solely on their defense and how Spags adapted the Giants defense to negate,
eliminate the short passing game better than anyone else. The Giants have an
excellent D.L. We think that at least two on the Giant defense (Harrison and Hankins) should have
been named  Pro Bowl players.These guys shut
down the opponents run game while a better than expected
performance by the linebackers aided and abetted the effort and were an
important part of why the Giants shut down most everyone.

As we mentioned the 5-10 yard pass is used by every team to move the ball.
The running game throughout the league has devolved into a tool rarely used
these days. I submit that Stafford mentioned by some as an M.V.P, candidate
has made his name on the 5-10 yard pass. Detroit has No running game as seen
against the Giants. So Spags is the ONLY D.C. who has built a defense to
shut down the short pass as witnessed by the tackling stats of the defensive backs
which are immense. Spags uses his defensive backs as much as he used the D.L. to win the
Super Bowl as they pressure, play the short pass like a blanket which is why
the Giants are playoff bound.

Let us point out the teams that beat the Giants like the
Steelers, Skins, and Packers did it with the long ball, the way to beat the Giants if
you have a q.b. who can throw it accurately and wide receivers who can get
open and catch the rock. The Eagles, their D.C. Schwartz out Gianted the
Giants as the Eagles came out used a version of Spags defense against Blue
which resulted in two quick scores and won them the game.

We are surprised that few have figured out what Spags is doing which with
a bad running game, a bad passing game, deep coverage issues and whose
strength is the defense against the short pass and the run is why the Giants
are 10-5 along with the mediocrity of today’s N.F.L. By the way, the Giants
have been using the same offense they are so good at stopping yet few have
used a similar defense to neutralize teams.

Spags is the Giants game changer and we are playoff bound

 

 

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New York Football Giants blogger since 2007. Appeared on ESPN radio, New York Times, Long Island sports talk 1040 am.

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