The New York Giants brought in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to resurrect the defense. He’s done just that.
This season, the Giants are ranked 31st on defense, but when you understand the circumstances, it’s not as bad as you might think.
If you physically watch the game – putting stats to the side for the moment – defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo has done an outstanding job of game-planning with the roster he has.
Let’s remember, there is no Jason Pierre-Paul, Jon Beason has had almost no impact of yet, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has dealt with injury issues of his own, and their best pass-rusher at the moment is Robert Ayers Jr. who’s had injury issues as well.
Put that into perspective for a moment.
Yes, the pass rush is awful. But what did you expect?
What’s impressed me the most thus far, is the assignment-sound football that has been played in the run game.
They went from 30th against the run in 2014, to 2nd against the run this year with significantly worse personnel.
They are clearly playing undermanned, and have done a nice job doing the little things well, consistently making tackles.
Are they perfect?
But they’ve also forced the 10th (tied with four others) most turnovers in the league, which is also helps out with a limited talent group.
Through the first three games, the Giants have allowed 13, 10, and 6 points through the first three quarters of each game.
No blowouts. All close games.
Closing games is definitely concern, but at the end of the day, this defense is giving them a legitimate chance to win games week in and week out.
This group has clearly taken on the persona of Spagnuolo, who has been well-liked by many players both past and present, and it seems like they are playing with an extra chip on his shoulder because of it.
You don’t think it matters that Spags has a Super Bowl-winning pedigree as a coordinator?
Of course it does.
It has everything to do with trusting and buying into the system.
If you were an aspiring lawyer, where would you rather go?
Yale, or the local community college?
What place do you trust more, with a higher chance of success due to a history of success?
The trust is clearly there for the Giants defense, it’s just about getting people healthy.
Overall, How can you complain with this Giants defense considering their current situation?
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