When asked if he was ready to go for Sunday’s game, New York Giants S Kenny Phillips confidently stated, “Oh I’m playing!” The magic and heroics created by S Stevie Brown, who filled in for Phillips when he missed the last four games with a strained knee ligament, might be over as he might return to the bench.
Or is it? Perry Fewell states that he is excited for Phillips to finally be healthy and back on the field. However, he did suggest he will find ways to keep Brown on the field. Brown leads the NFL in turnovers with seven in four games. That includes five interceptions.
Does this mean Fewell will go to the three-safety look he went with last year with S Deon Grant? This is most definitely possible. Outside of LB Chase Blackburn and LB Michael Boley, the Giants don’t have linebackers who have earned a lot of playing time.
Since S Antrel Rolle likes to play closer to the line of scrimmage, this is a move the Giants should make starting this Sunday. They had some success with the three-safety look last season, especially in the playoffs.
The Giants have more reason to make this move because Blackburn is most likely to miss Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury he suffered last week. LB Mark Herzlich is most likely to get the start in place of Blackburn.
If the Giants continue to stay with a traditional two-safety look, who is left out? I’m not sure how Phillips would feel being left out of the mix, but that is something that happens when injuries occur.
This is more important because the Giants are getting Phillips back as they start the second half of their season. The Giants have struggled in the Tom Coughlin era in the second halves of seasons. They can’t quite afford for that to happen with their schedule this season.