Keystone Kops aka NYG Coaches

NYG Coaches, Give your Checks to Charity

Much will be written about this historic letdown by the NYG and I will leave it to others to breakdown the game. I want to focus on the coaching. Once again the Giants were outcoached at every critical moment. And no, I am not referring to the punt as clearly Matt Dodge was given his orders and simply didn’t execute. No, I want to focus on the other major tactical mistakes as perpetrated by the coaches.

Second half started and the Eagles made adjustments. I believe Michael Vick decided to put his team on his back and let the chips fall as they may. The Giants’ coaches never made an effective defensive adjustment to limit Vick’s damage. Michael Vick was barely touched in the second half, missed tackles (Deon Grant) missed assignments- Aaron Ross and a momentum change that was palpable. The best antidote for opponent momentum is sacking the quarterback. By Justin Tucks own admission, the Giants “turtled” in the second half by going into the dreaded prevent defense.  Not consistently pressuring Vick was another element leading to this embarrassing lose. Defensively, putting Justin Tuck in zone coverage is absurd and of course led to a touchdown. I do not expect football coaches to solve world hunger or nuclear proliferation but I do expect them to comprehend what is happening on the football field and make appropriate moves. I would love to play some of these coaches in chess, for money! I am quite sure I could make my 401k more robust after a few games. Perry Fewell, give your check to charity!

Offensively, it seemed to me that the Giants were running more effectively in the second half, yet the play calling (Kevin Gilbride) consistently showed little faith in the run game. Particularly grievous was the last 1:06 of the game. The ball is on the Giants 37 and Eli attempts a short out pass, incomplete on first down, clock stopped. Is it not time to run a delay or a simple off-tackle and work some clock? The defense is pinning their ears back and Bradshaw might find a crease and exploit it for positive yards. If nothing else you are in a position to dictate the game clock. You may opt to call timeout, a pass, or run. Yet 1 incomplete pass and a sack and you are forced to punt. There never should have been time for a punt! Matt Dodge’s punt was horrendous, but he should never have been in that situation. Coaches must never put their charges in positions where they might fail. Time management in these critical moments is a key to winning. The Giants coaches deserve a resounding “F” for that sequence and as such, I hold them responsible for this loss.

Where was the hands team?! And if not “the hands team” than at least an awareness of a potential trick play? Are you kidding me? There is just over 5 minutes and you don’t even think maybe they might try an on-side kick? I was screaming at the TV prior to the kick having seen the formation. Special Teams coach Tom Quinn-give your game check to charity!

This loss conjures up memories of the Miracle at the Meadowlands (I was there). The Eagles do have the Giants’ number, but today was inexcusable. Coaches are often the difference makers in games, and this time the coaches didn’t do their jobs.

Taking a team’s aggressiveness away is never a good idea and that is exactly what Perry Fewell and his defensive staff did. Offensively, Gilbride showed little faith in the running game and was incompetent regarding the last 1:06 of the game. After last year what could possibly have been going through Fewell’s mind by going into exotic schemes where Tuck is tasked to cover a swift footed tight end. Inexcusable!!

Tom Coughlin was let down by his staff but ultimately the buck stops with Coughlin. After all the stories are written and the finger pointing dies down, the Giants will still be 9-5 needing to win their last 2 games to secure a playoff spot. The coaches blew their assignments today.  Let’s hope they spend only a few minutes mourning, learn from their mistakes and get right back to the task at hand, beating the Green Bay Packers. Learn from this China-Syndrome melt-down. 2 more wins puts the Giants into the playoffs and we all know that anything can happen in the playoffs. And oh boy-wouldn’t we all like another crack at the Eagles and the ever humble DeSean Jackson.

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  • Justin Tuck

    I think you mean Justin Tuck. If you don’t even know the players names you probably shouldn’t be commenting the game

    • sparky

      Matt Dodge is one of the best players in the NFL.

  • dscott

    Error duly noted and corrected. Thanks for the heads up. I am a little peeved and in my bluster messed up.

  • Laura Drenning

    First name blunder aside (I’m confident that the author knew of whom he was speaking) D. Scott’s insight and analysis was excellent. The bottom line: The coaches let the Giants’ players down.

  • Ron Kerzner, Sr.

    You score a td and go up by 21, There are 7 1/2 minutes left in the game. There was no other choice for the Eagles but to try an on side kick and it fooled the team. My sister was coaching the special teams she would have been looking for it…Inexcusable, As was the punt not going out of bounds with 12 seconds left. Obviously the better team won

  • Collins

    It’s not just the coaches. The defense failed to execute their containment duties. Ross the most glaring on the 3rd and 10. I’d have to go back and look at the tape for more examples. Deon grant should have known to never leave his feet when blitzing Vick. If he fakes there’s a huge lane left open when he jumps to block the pass. Dave Delhi’s false start eventually resulted in 3rd and 10 where either Nicks or Hagan screwed up their routes. And they we were throwing the ball all day calling a passing playing is not a bad call. I wish I could watch the coaches tape but I have to put this one on the defense. You yourself sited missed tackles and missed assignments that is completely on the players. His containment scheme did not change in the 4th quarter we didn’t execute it. Granted Tuck probably shouldn’t have dropped back in coverage but that is going to happen in a zone blitz scheme to allow the safeties to blitz. Our DB blitzing was the key to our containment of Vick in both games. You can’t blitz with your DB’s that much and run man the whole time. Now as I reflect If they only rushed three you are definitely right on that point I also disagree with showing little faith in the running .game. Running at that point is playing for overtime not letting one of the best 2 min QBs the giants have ever have do his thing. The hands team that was a mistake no one calls a perfect game. If the players execute right now your writing about home Fewel is the second coming. If you have ever been part of a football team you know that winning comes down to every single person from the practice squad during the week to the starters to the coaches all doing their job. And today everybody had a hand in the fourth quarter collapse. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Twice this season we’ve watch this team cross it first the cowboys and now in the fourth quarter on the eagles game.

    And I don’t think they are the better team at all. We should have beaten them the first time. We’ve beaten ourselves more this year than other teams have beat us.

  • Michael Elbaum

    1) The first game Eagles droped 3 TD passes, Giants should have been blown out.

    2) Eagles are best NFL team with Interceptions, Eli is Worst.

    3) Giants are one dimensional and Eagles were able to stop their run game.

    4) Eagles 10-4, Giants 9-5… Eagles 2-0 against Giants.

    Conclusion: Eagles are better team.

    • Phills_Phaithful@UConn

      Correction, BUD:

      Eagles now 6-0 against Giants. Sucks to be you, NY. Cliff Lee, Rangers AND the Giants. How can you have any confidence of playing, let alone BEATING, the Eagles when you’ve lost 6 straight since Plexico shot his foot off? I mean, I wouldn’t mind 1 more. Bring it on, just 1 more chance for Mike Vick to provide some late game heroics that will leave you all wreathing and crying. Merry Cliffmas, Noo Yawk.