Originally posted by NCommand:
The formula the Giants use is the same one any good team would use to beat another...they just executed. It's the exact same game plan as the NFCCG as well.
- Take their best offensive weapon away (in our case, it's VD); he was doubled all day long and we ran the same routes (never adjusted to get him the ball).
- Since most offenses are designed around timing, disrupt it. The Giants x2 now (plus Seattle & Vikings) use their secondary to play tight up at the LOS, be very physical and aggressive. Walker, Crabtree (again), etc. could do nothing. We don't used Gore/Hunter in the passing game. Moss in this case was barely targeted again (but once again, we beat them deep - VD in the NFCCG) and Manningham was our only other "weapon" but he struggles with finishing the catch.
- Four-man pressure. If your DL can contain the run while still providing consistent pressure and containing the pocket, your secondary can roll more exotic coverages and take advantage of the pressure the front 4 will get.
- On offense, if your QB is mobile and your receivers are good at ad libbing that's a bonus; if you can pound the rock consistently, great. Our secondary will play a mile off the outside WR's so just hit them all day and attack the middle of the field esp. in the RZ/EZ for TD's. Throw quick passes to the outside receivers on blitzes. They will be wide open d/t the secondary respecting your speed.
- Simple. Not...very few teams can execute this perfect game plan to beat us convincingly. Very few match up well against us and play our style of offense and defense. The Giants have much more experience, better coaches, better game plans, make better in-game adjustments and know how to finish big games. Hats off to them. We have to beat the best to become the best. They just happen to match up perfectly against us. The good news is that there is still time to refine our skills and that goes for coaching as well and maybe next time, we'll execute better and stay with our game plan.
To your first bullet. There's also the making everything appeared covered strategy depending on the level of the QB and OL a team is playing against. You are correct, take away that first option but what a defense can do is disregard that first option after it is obvious you have fooled the QB. You show initial double and then have the underneath player veer off to another spot on the field.
This is what the NYG did on that interception to Walker. They showed double on the slot WR but then the DB veered off to another open spot as a floating defender.
This is where Alex not deviating or his lack of or inexperience or responsibility of post snap ability hurts him more than anything and this is why his mentality of not playing outside the design hurts. The "risky" or better QB's can make a defense pay for this.
[ Edited by Joecool on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM ]