Originally Posted by WelshPat
But that's EXACTLY WHAT THE GIANTS DID. They tried to keep their foot on teh Eagles neck. They kept blitzing. They didn't sit back and play coverage. And what happened? Brent Celek running free down the middle against cover 0.
That's the reason why we play more coverage with a lead. Make them drive the ball and not give it up in 1 play like the Giants did.
IMO, the worst part of the Giants/Eagles game was Coughlin's coaching - and I haven't heard a word about it (except not being prepared for the onside kick) until WelshPat's post.
The Giants invited the Eagles to make big plays against them - and the Eagles obliged. I'm not much of a believer in prevent defenses and that's not what I was looking for. However, I do think that it is foolishness to continually play inherently risky defense (many blitzes with corresponding man-to-man coverage against a QB who can both throw the deep ball and run extremely well in the open field) with a big lead and not much time left.
Yes, the players need to execute - and they did (albeit the ones wearing the green jerseys
). What was Coughlin thinking?
So much has been made about a mental mistake by the punter and a collapse by the Giants special team coverage on the final play of the game. Sure, that was important. But one of the main reasons that they were in this position was because of the defensive calls.
Who knows, maybe the defensive coordinator is more to blame. But instead of falsely taking the blame for the punter's lapse in judgment, Coughlin should instead by taking the blame for the ridiculous defensive alignments that were put out on the field (as well as *3* different times that Giant runners with the ball needlessly ran out of bounds in the last 8 minutes; what kind of coaching leads to that mistake over and over?)