The New York Giants have now imploded after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in a game they needed to win to control their destiny. Their defense didn’t do much at all at limiting a mediocre quarterback, but the Giants’ offense kept putting the defense out onto the field with a number of short drives and failed third down conversions. The problem is in numerous areas.
Let’s start with the defense. It was clear coming in that the Ravens intended on picking on CB Corey Webster. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco probably had the biggest game of the year throwing against Webster alone. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell did not help Webster at all. The Giants ran a good amount of blitzes that simply did not work.
The pass rush, which was supposed to be the strong point this season, didn’t do much of anything at all. The Giants pass rush looked their best against the Green Bay Packers when they routed them 38-10. The Giants had five sacks, but many of them were coverage sacks. The pass rush got to QB Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins as well in their win at MetLife Stadium.
Since Fewell took over as defensive coordinator during the 2010 season, the Giants’ secondary have suffered from many instances of bad communication, leading to big plays. The Giants need to duplicate what works for them. The secondary has to help out the pass rush. If the secondary can make the quarterback wait in the pocket for two more seconds, the pass rush will be more successful.
The offense has young talent but they are suffering their issues as well. The offensive line has been a staple of successful teams in the past. However, lately they have not protected QB Eli Manning. WR Hakeem Nicks and WR Victor Cruz also haven’t helped Manning much, failing to get open in time for Manning to deliver the ball to them. Nicks failed to get a catch last night.
However, the blame for their offensive woes should fall on offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. The Giants’ offense is way too predictable, and it resulted in many three and outs lately. For instance, on third downs, many defenses know Cruz is most likely lining up in the slot and will be the primary target. Gilbride has to sprinkle in some new plays or leave more control to Manning in running the offense.
The Giants need help making the playoffs even if they win this Sunday. The Giants’ struggles should result in head coach Tom Coughlin giving Fewell and Gilbride the boot. The Giants need less blitzing on defense and more emphasis on coverage. On offense, they need a more uptempo offense and plays that aren’t predictable. Simply put, Giants need new coordinators.