I wanted to look at the coaches' performance from a more rational standpoint. I broke up the coordinators' grades into their various duties. I did not try to give an overall grade. Grades are A, B, C, or F. Be warned, you will have to read some nice comments about Gilbride below. I added in special teams, even though the duties are more task-based than offense and defense because the system is more static from game to game. And I just wanted to vent at Quinn.
Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride:
Developing an Offensive System-
The Giants run a fairly simple offensive system. Few gimmick plays. Basic run and pass formations, with the exception of increased use of a T as a blocking TE. But a lot of this is Coughlin's influence. People forget Gilbride once ran a run-and-shoot offense. Coughlin likes conservative. The upside of the current offense is that the players have learned it fairly quickly and adapt to personnel changes. The downside is the common complaints that we are predictable and boring, and we do not use all of our assets.
To most of us seems like the Giants do not do any specific game planning. They look the same every week. Or they are inconsistent in their planning. We took advantage of Houston's poor secondary. But we did not take advantage of Detroit's poor secondary. Our idea of testing the CBs was WR screens. Yet when you look at the pass plays, there were few throws that could have generated tipped balls in the middle of the field. So perhaps the game plan was to limit opportunities for turnovers. Look what happened in Dallas when we went back to middle-of-the-field passes. And after the Indy debacle, the next game we were helping out the tackles with chips on the DEs. So there are little tweaks here and there.
It is difficult to tell what is Eli and what is Gilbride. For the most part they stick with their game plan. They are more willing this year to stick with the passing game when it is working. And the running game is working better late than early. At a more detailed level, there was no help for Diehl and MacKenzie throughout the Indy game. And there does not seem to be a lot of variety in the passing game inside a single game. Although they do notice where the safeties are playing
Grade: Incomplete (see first sentence)
A LG became a LT. Our starting TE was a converted basketball player in college. The backup TE became a fullback. The other backup TE played mostly LB at college. A T became the backup C. If there is one area where the offensive coaching staff has excelled, it is teaching players their roles and turning them into solid starters.
Using the Personnel-
This team melds players into the system, and does not develop the system around the players. While this is probably the best idea for offensive consistency, the dominance of the system fails to take into account the abilities of the players, even to the point of keeping out plays that may work with one player only. This is most often the case cited with Beckum. The guy has great hands and good speed, but we use him as a conventional TE. No plays designed to take advantage of the speed mismatch with LBs. Instead, in Dallas they lined him up at WR, giving him DB coverage. Bradshaw has Westbrook-like elusiveness, yet we only throw him the ball on screens. People couldn't wait to see Barden run a fade route in the end zone after we drafted him. We have not seen it yet. Boss is underutilized, as was Shockey before him.
Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell:
Developing a Defensive System-
We were worried about bringing in a zone guy after the Lewis fiasco. But Fewell has adapted his system to the players' strengths. The corners are playing a lot of full or limited man-to-man coverage. The three-safety system has worked well in several games. It hides our weakness at SLB. The players have caught on to the new system very quickly. There have been few blown coverages or guys out of place, and never deep. The "big play" concerns have disappeared. Fewell also kept the pass rush system of moving Tuck or Kiwi inside on passing downs.
There are slightly different looks from the defense depending on the opponent, especially regarding 3rd safety or SLB play. It is hard to tell because we have played so many teams featuring a passing offense that heavily involves the TE. While most here were unhappy with the Indy result, I give him credit for trying something new. Conventional defenses do not work against Peyton.
And here is where the Indy game fell apart. You try something, it does not work, you have to adjust. It took them a long time to adjust against Indy. At the end of the Dallas game, we were blitzing more and more, and it was working less and less. Why all-out blitz on 4th and 1? It's likely going to be too quick of a play to matter. And we missed Witten breaking off the line twice. Don't want to see it next game. No other team has really forced adjustments to be made. A lot of the points we have given up have been on a short field.
It's not really possible to grade this at this stage. JPP looks good, starting to show some skills. Goff has played well, but not sure who gets the credit. The secondary has learned their roles well. The safety system has gone off seamlessly, probably helps that the guy who moves around most (Grant) is a veteran.
Using the Personnel-
Extra DEs are still getting onto the field in obvious passing downs. Tolly still gets some playing time. Rolle is being used a nickel/dime corner, since he is a better corner than Bruce Johnson. But the DT rotation seems to have disappeared. One of the things you notice at the game is how few substitutions they make. Now with Kiwi out, on passing downs, Tuck is always the DT, JPP the LDE. No different looks. No different personnel. And Cofield often the true DT in this group - the guy gets no rest.
Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn:
There is no blocking. None. Every game you see, there is an obvious difference between us and the other team.
An improvement over punts - there is some blocking. But no holes. Reynaud seems unable to create anything by himself.
There has been no consistency from the punter. But there is little coverage on good punts. You watch the Dez Bryant return, he scores on that play if it is one-hand touch with the Giants holding yardsticks. Easily.
The one unit that has made a few plays. Sometimes good, sometimes bad. But improving.
What we learned last week is that there are no backups for the "hands" team. And no thought as to who should be out there and where they should line up. Wilkinson (and now Sintim) is lined up as the closest guy to the ball on one side. Whether I use geometry or common sense, it seems clear that this guy has one of the best chances to get the ball. And we put a linebacker there. And then his inexperienced sub. And the ball promptly glances off of his shin. I don't know how Sintim is getting credit for his play here. You either get low and get the ball, or jump over it. NEVER let it bounce off you towards the other team.