It is no secret that the New York Giants have been very poor defensively. As a matter of fact, they are ranked 30th in the league on defense. There are only 32 teams in the NFL. Why have the Giants played so poorly defensively this year? Whatever the reason may be, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell doesn’t seem to think it’s his fault.
Fewell says the Giants have been working hard in practice to eliminate the big plays, but it just hasn’t translated into success during games. The Giants are routinely giving up big pass plays, with CB Corey Webster being the main culprit.
How can Fewell not take blame for the defensive woes? He is the guy calling the plays and his system has failed. Fewell can’t be serious and just place blame on the players. He clearly isn’t recognizing the players’ strengths and weaknesses, and he’s putting the players in poor position.
I would go as far as to say Fewell is probably the only one to blame. The Giants have been successful defensively in a couple of games, especially against the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. In those two games, it appeared the Giants were more focused on coverage.
QB Alex Smith didn’t find many open areas to throw the football because the coverage was solid. The corners had help over the top, and the pass rush was able to get coverage sacks. The same happened against QB Aaron Rodgers. Most of the sacks resulted in excellent coverage down the field. The big difference in that game was the three-safety alignment they went to.
Fewell has been inconsistent in his game plans. Instead of seeing what worked and riding it, he has tried to throw in exotic blitzes and weak zone coverage, which has resulted in big plays for the opposition.
This is more proof Fewell should be fired at season’s end. He’s not even willing to take responsibility for his own shortcomings. Head coach Tom Coughlin needs to go in a different direction.