Giants vow to improve after Saints shredding
Watching film of their dreadful performance against
The mistakes they made in the 48-27 debacle were obvious.
While it all falls under the category of blown coverages, the errors ranged from simply failing to make a play on a ball when in position to the more subtle problems of being out of position in zone coverages or shading the receiver to the wrong side – effectively taking away any help a player is supposed to have.
What the tape didn’t show is what the secondary really lacked – not enough respect for the
“I think this was something that showed up this game,” said safety
The surprise was how easy Brees made everything look against a pass defense that was ranked No. 1 in the league. At one point during the first half, the quarterback hit 15 straight passes in helping New Orleans score touchdowns on its first four possessions.
“We just made some mistakes that we can’t make, especially when you’re playing a team of that caliber,” cornerback
Webster might have made the biggest mistake. On the opening drive, he was in perfect position to intercept a third-down pass to
Instead of being off the field, New York fell behind 7-0, then 14-0, and never recovered.
“You can’t just roll the helmets to win the game, you have to do everything right,” Webster said.
It wasn’t just the secondary that played poorly. The vaunted defensive line barely touched Brees and the linebackers were no match in coverage against tight end
“It’s a wakeup call,” said linebacker
That was the attitude of the defensive backs, who now have to get ready to face an Arizona
“We were definitely playing the defense that was called, but it was just things like if you were outside, the receiver was inside,” cornerback
“They are good and they came off a bye and they knew our weaknesses,” Thomas said. “When you play a good team like that you have to be on point with everything, and we weren’t, and it showed.”
The frustration also showed. Backup cornerback
On the play, Dockery was expecting Brown to help deep, but the safety bit on a play-action fake and was nowhere near the receiver.
Ironically, Dockery made the same mistake in the third quarter on a touchdown pass to
“Now that we’ve had a chance to peel our eyes back and look at the film, it was a very simple thing, very simple mistakes,” Dockery said. “We had guys who don’t execute their assignments and that’s what happens when you play a good team, they expose those types of things.”
The one thing the performance didn’t do was take away the confidence in the secondary.
The adage in football for defensive backs is that if you play the position, there are times you are going to get beat.
“We still have that swagger like we are the No. 1-ranked pass defense,” Dockery said. “Yesterday we got exposed on a couple of things and today we talked about it, looked at it and we’ll fix it.”
Backup defensive lineman
“We got our butt kicked in the run game and we worked on that and they didn’t run the ball after that,” he said. “Now we have to correct some stuff as far as pass rushing and the back end covering stuff. It’s definitely all related.”