Giants: Injury Update and Observations
By Joe Tufaro
Not expected to play in tomorrow nights dress rehearsal for the Giants vs the Jets at MetLife are the following according to Giants.com
"Giants definitely out or not expected to play include cornerback Corey Webster (knee/groin); wide receivers Victor Cruz (heel), Ramses Barden (knee) and Louis Murphy (leg); offensive linemen David Baas (knee) and David Diehl (thumb surgery); fullback Henry Hynoski (knee, just activated off PUP); and defensive linemen Damontre Moore (shoulder), Jason Pierre-Paul (back, PUP) and Markus Kuhn (knee, PUP)."
But, even with this amount of first line players missing, the Giants and Tom Coughlin need to see improvement all around. Here are some dismal statistics. The Giants have scored one touchdown (none on six trips inside their opponents’ 20-yard line), they’re averaging 3.1 yards a carry, completing 49.2 percent of their passes and their four quarterbacks have absorbed 10 sacks. Speaking of the Jet game Tom Coughlin had this to say:
"“It will be a very good test for us and we need to look at this with the idea of improvement and the continual analysis of personnel and trying to attack some of the areas that we haven’t been good,” Coughlin said. “We haven’t scored any points, we haven’t scored touchdowns. We’re still lacking in the turnover area (the Giants have forced two and committed three). There are some things that we are definitely trying to accomplish: putting pressure on the opponent’s quarterback, continuing to stop the run, having a good mix between the run and the pass, and having consistency. We’ve got a lot of things to improve on.”"
The Jet defense is a stern test, and the Giants and their new o-line better be up for that test or someone could get seriously hurt. Also the Giant defense needs to find a way to CREATE pressure on the opposing QB. Too many times last week they came with multiple man blitzes and were stoned at the point of attack. Sending too many players in obvious situations is a fault Perry Fewell has, and it exposes the back end f the defense too much. The key to pressure is to come when least expected, to create mis-matches, and above all to get home quickly. To simply think you can overwhelm with numbers is a dangerous game. Think of the success the Giants had in the recent past. Four guys rushing with a key delayed blitz by Pierce or Mitchell…Terrell Thomas off the edge….Kiwi up the middle. There seems to be no scheme at times from Fewell, no creativity, no change of pace. Hopefully we see something new when the season begins, but for some it will begin and end tomorrow night.